We assist our clients on a paying basis or on the basis of funded legal assistance (addition).
The hours worked are charged on the basis of a previously agreed hourly rate. You will receive an invoice for the time that the lawyer has worked for you, plus office costs (6%) and VAT (21%).
We always enclose an hour specification with our declarations so that you can see exactly what work the lawyer has done and how much time the lawyer has spent on it.
In paying matters, we always work on the basis of an advance payment. An advance will be agreed upon in consultation with the attending lawyer. The advance paid by you will of course be deducted from the final invoice.
Depending on the case, you can also receive interim declarations. Payment can be made by bank or, if that is not possible, also in cash. With a cash payment you will receive a receipt from us.
It is also possible to pay a fixed amount for the legal assistance in your case. We will make a proposal based on our assessment. This fixed rate applies to the handling of your criminal case in one instance, i.e. either the treatment at first instance, the appeal procedure or the cassation procedure. Payment can be made by bank or, if that is not possible, also in cash. With a cash payment you will receive a receipt from us.
For more information about the hourly rates of the various lawyers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020-3032840.
If your pre-trial detention has been ordered or if you fall below a certain income threshold, you can claim government funded legal assistance ('toevoeging'). You may be required to pay a personal contribution to your lawyer. The amount of your own contribution depends on the amount of your income and your assets. We will send you an invoice for the amount of the rated personal contribution.
The Legal Aid Board (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand) randomly checks the capital position of clients who have received an order from the court or court of appeal. If, at the time of the addition, you were found to have had too high an income or had too large a capital, the Legal Aid Board can subsequently recover the costs incurred for the lawyer from you. If you want to know more about the possibilities, check the site of the Legal Aid Board: rechtsbijstand.nl.
In some cases, when you are acquitted, you are entitled to compensation for costs incurred. Your lawyer can request reimbursement of the costs incurred by him (article 591a of the Code of Criminal Procedure) and, in addition, in some cases you are entitled to compensation if you have been detained (article 89 of the Code of Criminal Procedure). If you want to know more about the options, please contact one of the lawyers.