How Can Legal Costs Get So High?
Legal Costs Parties may employ lawyers (barristers or solicitors) to represent them in a proceeding. These lawyers usually charge their clients for their services (fees) and expenses that they have paid on the client’s behalf (disbursements). Disbursements may include court fees. Together these charges are known as costs. The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the United […]
How Can Legal Costs Get So High?
Parties may employ lawyers (barristers or solicitors) to represent them in a proceeding. These lawyers usually charge their clients for their services (fees) and expenses that they have paid on the client’s behalf (disbursements). Disbursements may include court fees. Together these charges are known as costs.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom is reporting on a Family Law case similar to the recent reports of a case in South Australia where the legal costs incurred were entirely out of proportion to the issues in dispute. According to the Daily Telegraph, the English Court of Appeal has refused to increase the amount awarded to the husband Mr. Alyami. In the original decision, Mr. Alyami has awarded a house worth £450,000 and a cash sum of £50,000. Mr. Alyami sought an order increasing the cash lump sum from £50,000 to £320,000 but, not only did the Court of Appeals refuse to increase the amount of the cash lump sum Mr. Alyami was left with a legal bill of nearly £500,000.00.
Mr. Alyami’s wife Ms. Musallam had also run up a legal bill of more than £800,000. With any litigation in relation to Family Law matters it is critical to ensure that however emotional the situation might become that you do not pursue unrealistic claims in the Court and that your legal costs remain proportionate to the matters in question. For practical legal advice in relation to all types of Family Law matters please contact Ian Field on 3236 0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Request Evaluation
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the legal costs in the context of family law cases?
Legal costs refer to the fees and expenses that parties incur when they hire lawyers to represent them in court or in negotiations related to family law matters. These costs can include the lawyer’s hourly rate, as well as disbursements such as court fees, expert reports, travel expenses, and so on.
Who is responsible for paying legal costs in a family law case?
In most cases, each party is responsible for paying its own legal costs. However, in some situations, the court may order one party to pay some or all of the other party’s legal costs, such as when one party has behaved unreasonably or caused unnecessary delays in the proceedings.
How can I keep my legal costs down in a family law case?
There are several things you can do to manage your legal costs in a family law case, including being clear about your objectives and priorities; providing your lawyer with all relevant information and documents in a timely manner; communicating effectively with your lawyer, and being honest about your concerns and expectations; considering alternatives to litigation, such as mediation or collaborative law; and avoiding unnecessary or unreasonable requests or disputes.