Lawyers' Fees

This script explains how lawyers' fees are calculated and billed. It explains what a retainer is, what disbursements are, how can you keep costs down, and what you can do if you can't solve a fee problem with your lawyer.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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January 2016 i Last date reviewed by a qualified expert to ensure content up-to-date. See "Tips" in Clicklaw content criteria (bottom of pageside menu) for details.

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lawyer fees, fixed fees, hourly rates, contingency fees, lump-sum fees, retainer, disbursements, written agreement, review lawyer's bill, Law Society Fee Mediation service
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