Costs of services

Hourly Rate

Rechta Advocatuur applies different hourly rates, upon the financial position of client or company, the importance of the case (from a financial point of view) and the urgency. For physical persons the hourly rate varies from € 150,- per hour exclusive 21 % VAT until € 175,- per hour exclusive 21 % VAT. For companies the hourly rate varies from € 175,- per hour exclusive 21 % VAT until € 200,- per hour exclusive 21 % VAT. It may happen, when client is working efficient and in a pleasant way with the attorney-at-law of Rechta Advocatuur, she may give a discount of 10 % on one single invoice for her honorarium as a stimul to work in future efficient as well. 

All rates are exclusive costs of third parties. Rechta Advocatuur does not charge office costs and does not charge extra costs in case the correspondence is in a foreign laguage if it is Russian or English. Rechta does not charge extra costs for sworn translations into or from Russian. This means that lawyercosts and costs of the translater/interpretor are combined in one single fee. Only if the judgde or the opposite party does not aloud that the attorney is working at the same time as attorney and as translater/interpretor, a third party has to do the translation work as a result whereof the costs of third parties has to be paid separately by client.

Costs third parties, such as court fees has to be paid promptly after Rechta Advocatuur sent the invoice to client.

See also the general conditions of Rechta Advocatuur, paragraph 4 for more details about the payment conditions.

Fixed Fee

Rechta Advocatuur does not work with a fixed fee, because it is too complex to predict at forehand how the court proceedings will take place. On the one hand it is impossible to know how the opposite party will behave: setting up a counterclaim for example or asking the judgde for th hearing of one or more witnesses. On the other had, unfortunately, Rechta Advocatuur has the experience that once the fee is fixed, an ‘’all inclusive’’ sentiment rises. Workable is the agreement that for all procedural steps an agreement will be made: for example: writing summons or the answer, discussing the document with client, adding the required exhibits and send it to court a fixed fee of € 1500,- excl. VAT can be agreed (for an average case and not just 1-3 days before a deadline). Furthermore, for all legal steps an estimation can be made at forehand.

In case an agreement has to be made or a mediation session has to be set-up, Rechta Advocatuur can agree about a fixed fee.

 Legal Aid Board

Under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Constitution of the Netherlands, each citizen of the Netherlands has the right to access courts, apply for legal advice and representation and, if means do not suffice, receive state-financed legal aid. The Dutch legal aid system provides legal aid to people of limited means. Anyone in need of professional legal aid but unable to (fully) bear the costs, is entitled to call upon the provisions as set down in the Legal Aid Act.

For more details and requirements about the possibility to receive financial assistance from the Dutch Gouvernment, see the website: www.rvr.org and http://www.rechtsbijstand.nl/over-mediation-en-rechtsbijstand/hoeveel-moet-ik-zelf-betalen

When a person receives a subsidy of the Dutch governement for legal aid, he or she still has to pay the so-called ‘’own contribution’’ and the court fee to the laywer. Due to the fact that the conditions and amounts of the own contribution and court fees changes regulary, it has no sense to inform clients via this website. For the year 2015 the maximum  tax income for a single person is: € 25.800,– and for a family is: €  36.400,– (reference year -2). If the income is higer, already because of that reason no subsidy will be provided.

Also for EU citizens and even non-EU citizens who are obliged to litigate in the Netherlands (for example a divorce with a Dutch husband who is still living in the Netherlands and/or the Dutch court is the appropriate court), the government may subsidy this application if all other requirements are met.

The attorney working with clients who receives the govermental subsidy, receives only a fixed amount from the government by rendering subsidized by the government legal aid. This means that if the attorney works twenty hours for a client, the government does not pay the hours but just the fixed fee of (normally) 7 or 8 hours by a relatively low hourly rate. This means also that if the attorney is convinced that the tax income is not the final income of client or his partner, to agree that the services will be rendered not with a governmental subsidy but based on a hourly fee.

An important exception when a person has no right on the govermental subsidy is the moment client has a low income but immovable property abroad. Another important exception is when a client receives the subsidy and at the end of the court proceedings client receives 50 % or more of the box 3 exemption. For the year 2015 the amount is: € 10.665,- . If this is the case the subsidy will be withdrawn.