FEE STRUCTURE

and

COSTS

It is very important to us at GCM Legal that you are properly informed with regard to costs, as client's often only discover the full extent of fees when they receive their first invoice.

 

We charge an average of R 1 500, 00 per hour for our services (as of 2018).

The hourly rate can vary based on the complexity, intricacy and urgency of the matter and it can go up to R 2 000, 00 per hour (as of 2018).  In general we charge an hourly rate for litigation, divorce and all “civil” matters.

To further assist, we have implemented several cost saving measures to meet your legal needs and provided some useful information regarding costs below:


AT GCM LEGAL YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION IS FREE

First and most importantly, we offer you the opportunity to talk to a Lawyer up to 45 minutes at no cost! Your Initial Consultation can be conducted at our offices; over the phone; or even on Skype. During that time, we will assess your case, and if you want us to assist you, we will set out the work we will do for you, the cost implications and direct you to the most suitable professional in our practice to act for you.

  • During the initial consultation we will determine the nature of your problem, see whether we can help you and, if so, at what cost?
  • We are more than happy to accommodate you by accepting reasonable monthly installments.
  • We offer alternative billing arrangements such as agreeing on a fixed fee agreed up front, that will give you peace of mind by assuring that you won’t be met with unexpected legal fees.
  • Our fees are exclusive of VAT.

(bear in mind that "per hour" fees do not apply to certain matters e.g. Online Documents, Road Accident Fund cases and  Predefined Fees below) We require 3 things to begin work:

  • We would require you to sign our standard fee agreement so that the scope of the work, the method of calculating the fee and the payment terms are in writing.
  • We will require a "Trust Fee Retainer" which can be as little as R1000; The average is R7500 (or 5 hours cover at our usual hourly rate).
    • The retainer is protected by the Law Societies of South Africa.
    • The retainer can be paid by Credit Card, Debit Card, PayFast and EFT (click here for more information).
  • FICA information -  you to supply us with certain information, so that we comply with Section 21 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, no. 38 of 2001 (click here for more information).


ROAD ACCIDENT FUND CLAIMS

If you have been injured in a road accident involving a motor vehicle where you were not to blame and you were not the driver, we can help you.

We offer contingency-fee services (NO WIN, NO FEE) to qualifying clients in these cases.

Click here for more information.

iLAWYER - CREATE CUSTOMISED LEGAL DOCUMENTS ONLINE ON-DEMAND

If you need a legal document at lower prices you can consider iLAWYERS.co.za.  Their online Legal documents are DIY and on-demand ... so the cost is much lower.

Documents such as a Last Will and Testament, Sale Agreements, Leases, Non Disclosure Agreements are convenient and affordable through them.

For more click here.

GCM LEGAL WIKI

Our Legal Wiki / glossary is completely free to use.

It is a huge knowledge-base for legal information regarding South African Law.

Browsing these pages may help provide a deeper understanding of your Legal matter; used wisely, it could save you time and money with your attorney.

Click here to start browsing.

RECOVERING COSTS OF SUCCESSFUL LITIGATION

In the event that your litigation is successful and a judgement is granted in your favour by a Court you usually will be entitled to recover a portion of costs on a tariff scale, which is adjudicated by the Court Taxing master, click here for more information.

A cost award usually amounts to between 40%-60% of fees paid to your attorney.

CAN'T AFFORD LEGAL FEES?

If you cannot afford the services of an attorney, you do have others options:

Legal Aid SA provides professional legal advice and representation to those who can’t afford it. If you are employed, and your take-home pay is under R 5,500.00.

Attorneys in South Africa provide 24 hours per year of pro bono (free) legal assistance to indigent members of the public on a compulsory basis. Pro bono is administered by the four provincial law societies where attorneys are registered.


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