At Preston More we understand that, in exchange for your hard earned, you expect experience and skill.
Our fees are a fare compromise between the resources and time spent and the results you expect, coupled with the low overheads that has everyone winning. We believe in transparency and so, unlike most other legal practices, are upfront with our fees. In matters expected to exceed $1,500.00, the client will be given a Costs Disclosure document and Costs Agreement providing comprehensive information about our fees and fee structure.
We believe that legal services are not just for those who can afford it and we understand that any legal services can rapidly become expensive. For this reason we provide an upfront fee structure so that our clients know where they stand at all time. We invoice monthly for matters that are not fixed fee and occasionally at the end of matters to allow clients to maintain themselves during what is often a very stressful time for them. We believe that the cost of doing business should be worn by the business, not your pocket. For this reason Preston More do not charge for photocopying, postage or the cost of telephone calls or faxing. We charge only for our time.
Our Fee structure
In-house attendance: $412.50 per hour
Out of office attendance: $450.00 per hour
Court Attendance: $450.00 per hour
Travel time: $75.00 per hour
Parking: at cost
Trainee Solicitor / Paralegal
In-house attendance: $110.00 per hour
Out of office attendance: $110.00 per hour
Travel time: $50.00 per hour
Parking: at cost
All attendances: $55.00 per hour
Parking: at cost
Please Note, Pensioners attract a 10% discount on all professional fees (Excludes Travel Time, Outlays and Disbursements)
Please note that the services of our trainee solicitors, when in attendance with another solicitor, will not be billed for. You will only ever be charged for the services of one solicitor at all times. (Not including counsel)
Fixed Fees – Wills and Powers of Attorney
The fixed fees are chargeable for simple Wills only. We do not recommend complex Wills in any event as they may give rise to claims which may see your wishes not carried out. We do appreciate, however, that occasionally, some estate planning or establishment of trusts may be necessary, this will be charged in accordance with the above fee schedule.
Simple Will: $300.00
Simple Enduring Power of Attorney: $165.00
For those making Wills leaving a gift above $5,000.00 to any Catholic Church institution we offer a further 10% discount.
Mortgage Guarantee Advice
Mortgage Guarantee advice ordinarily involves perusing the Guarantee Agreement, Mortgage Documents and associated documents prior to the client’s attendance. We are not able to give advice extemporaneously and we require you to provide the documents to our office at least two hours prior to your meeting with one of our solicitors. All Mortgage Guarantee Advices cost $660.00 and requires the attendance of all Guarantors for an approximately 45 minute meeting.
Binding Financial Agreements Solicitors Certificates
Binding Financial Agreement Solicitors Certificates require a full perusal of the terms of the Agreement and advice as to it’s validity and suitability. We are not able to give advice extemporaneously and we require you to provide the documents to our office at least one day prior to your meeting with one of our solicitors (unless otherwise arranged). BFA’s and their Advice Certificates are charged at the hourly rate, but generally cost between $4,000.00 and $8,000.00 provided you are happy with the contents and do not require our assistance to negotiate or re-negotiate the document.
Commercial Leases & Conveyancing
We understand that buying or selling your house in Cairns and the Tablelands is a big step, one not to be taken without the strictest caution in the most experienced hands. But we understand you do not want to pay a fortune.
Being that our income is reliant on our client’s satisfaction, we know a thing or two about conveyancing in Cairns and we try to provide the most competitive prices.
Whilst the work is supervised by Les, you may from time to time receive a call from our Conveyancing team who will work together to ensure the best possible results for you. They have wonderful relationships with their clients and provide a full and comprehensive service. Because of the associated work attached to different types of Conveyancing, we charge you an itemised bill with only the searches you would like, although there is a suite of standard searches which are required.
Our base rates, not including searches include:
Purchase House & Land: $ 1,250.00
Purchase Unit: $ 1,350.00
These prices are for homes and land that do not attract Land Tax. Please contact us for a quote.
Estimated Outlays Our suite of available searches includes:
Please note that the Council and State Government Charges are liable to change at the whim of the respective provider.