legal fees in court proceedings

 



Our actual fee structure and conditions of 2017: more

If the debtor does not react to our request for payment (dunning letter/reminders) or telephone calls and all measures taken to force the debtor to payment turned out with no result, the institution of court proceedings are recommended by lack of other possibilities to force the debtor to payment out of court.

It is to point out that the court requires for an advance payment of the court fees. Otherwise the court will reject any action. Basically in Germany court and lawyer fees are related to a legal table (see below). Therefore this scale of fees is binding by law.

But we would like to point out that in Germany the unsuccessful party in court proceedings has to pay all fees and costs of the Court and Lawyer's fees by Law. 
Therefore the debtor has to take over and to refund all fees (including court fees) in case of a judgment to the favour of the client.

German Law Firms are subject to the German federal law regarding Lawyers Fees (Rechtanwalts- vergütungsgesetz, RVG). Success fees (contingency fees) are not legal in Germany and Law Firms are legally bound to charge at the RVG. It is absolutely common to ask for a retainer. As a matter of course it is in general possible to find an individual agreement, especially in case of multiple debts (no retainer) or the take over of the complete claim management.

Fees in court proceedings - conditions and offers

Before starting any court proceedings we request for your consent and try to get information about the solvency of the debtor.

Please note that we are able to represent your interests all over Germany. Our Lawyers are called to the bar at every court in Germany (except BGH).

We kindly ask for your understanding, that besides our offers in general court fees cannot be covered by our office, meaning that the client has to provide us with the court fees in advance. The plaintiff has to pay court fees in advance.

The court and lawyer fees relate to a legal table (Table 1 see below), which is binding by law. The amount depends on the amount in controversy (amount of claim). You also find explanations how to calculate the fees in your case.

Besides the legal table we offer better conditions to keep your fees small:
Often it is possible to achieve a writ of execution/judgment and to collect the debt without investing regular fees in total (in legal dunning proceedings, court summons, "order to pay a debt"). 

Special offers in court proceedings:

We can check if it is possible that you pay no fees at all especially the case meets the following conditions:

  • the debt is not contested (no legal relevant objections out of court like defect of goods, bad quality, breach of contract, partial delivery, malperformance, late delivery, counterclaims etc)
  • we dispose of a valid postal address and all contact details of the debtor (phone, fax, mobile, email, website) are available and it is possible to contact the debtor in fact
  • we dispose of all documents like invoices, delivery notes (POD, proof of delivery), correspondence
  • signed Letter of Authorisation (PoA)
  • the debtor still is solvent due to our prior investigations.


Furthermore it is possible to free you from any costs to start court proceedings if you accept a higher commission/success fee (15-35%) to cover our risks.

Please ask for your individual offer for free!

We reserve to claim for the total of the legal fees if the debtor lodges an appeal against a court order or contests the debt in court proceedings (defect of goods, malperformance, late delivery, breach of contract, counterclaims etc.). We will inform you about the total of fees at an early stage or on request. Certainly you can decide not pursue the claim further on.

In this case we charge in accordance with the legal table for Court and Lawyer fees like mentioned in Table 1. 

At this stage of proceedings we have to check the legal position in-depth, have to file a Statement of Claim in detail and further pleadings to the court, have to present documents and proof to the court, have to refute the assertions of the debtor in detail and have to attend to court hearings. 

To estimate fees in court proceedings the amounts of the  red marked line/row of the legal table below are to add (see last column "in total"). 

In court proceedings Lawyer fees are amounting as follows: for initiating/institution and performing/conducting court proceedings a German Lawyer is entitled to charge:
- a 1,3 fee (initiating proceedings - all communications, discussions with the client, research of facts and information, preparation of Statement of Claim, pleadings, applications) and 
- a 1,2 fee (conducting of court proceedings, all court hearings, communication with the client and the counterparty) 
related to the legal table like performed in the schedule mentioned below.

Here you find the legal table for Court and Lawyer's Fees (extract).
For court proceedings please add up the amounts of the  red marked line/row*.


Table 1  - Legal Table for Fees in Germany

sum in dispute EUR

amount of your claim

Court fees

Lawyer fees

1.2 fee
initiating,
conducting

Lawyer fees

1.3 fee
court hearings, evidence 




in total

up to 500,00

105.00

54.00

58.50

217,50

up to 1000.00

159.00

96.00

104.00

359.00

up to 1500.00

213.00

138.00

149.50

500.50

up to 2,000.00

267.00

180.00

195.00

642.00

up to 3,000.00

324.00

241.20

261.30

826.50

up to 4,000.00

381.00

302.40

327.60

1,011.00

up to 5,000.00

438.00

363.60

393.90

1,195.50

up to 6,000.00

495.00

424.80

460.20

1,380.00

up to 7,000.00

552.00

486.00

526.50

1,564.50

up to 8,000.00

609.00

547.20

592.80

1,749.00

up to 9,000.00

         666.00

         608.40

         659.10

    1,933.50

up to 10,000.00

723.00

669.60

725.40

2,118.00

up to 13,000.00

801.00

724.80

785.20

2,311.00

up to 16,000.00

879.00

780.00

845.00

2,504.00

up to 19,000.00

957.00

835.20

904.80

2,697.00

up to 22,000.00

1,035.00

890.40

964.60

2,890.00

up to 25,000.00

1,113.00

945.60

1.024,40

3,083.00

up to 30,000.00

1,218.00

1.035,60

1,121.90

3,375.50

up to 35,000.00

1,323.00

1,125,60

1,219,40

3,668.00

up to 40,000.00

1,428.00

1,215,60

1,316,90

3,960.50

up to 45,000.00

1,533.00

1,305.60

1,414.40

4,253.00

up to 50,000.00

1,638.00

1,395.60

1,511.90

4,545.00

up to 65,000.00

1,998.00

1,497.60

1,622.40

5,118.00

up to 80,000.00

2,358.00

1,599.60

1,732.90

5,690.50

up to 95,000.00

        2,718.00

1,701.60

1,843.40

6,263.00

up to 110,000.00

3,078.00

1,803.60

1,953.90

6,835.50

up to 125,000.00

3,438.00

1,905.60

2,064.40

7,408.00

up to 140,000.00

        3,798.00

2,007.60

2,174.90

7,980.50

up to 155,000.00

4,158.00

2,109.60

2,285.40

8,553.00

up to 170,000.00

4,518.00

2,211.60

2,395.90

9,125.50

up to 185,000.00

        4,878.00

2,313.60

2,506.40

9,698.00

up to 200,000.00

        5,238.00

       2,415.60

        2,616.90

     10,270.50

more than 200,000.00

 

 

 

Please contact us!

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*not included: expenses for copies, translations, expert fees, travel expenses (court), court hearing (150,00 EUR-350,00 EUR), costs and fees of enforcement proceedings (like bailiff, seizure of bank accounts etc.).

To calculate the worst-case-risk (you would lose the case in total) you have to consider 3 steps:
1. Choose the line of your claim
2. Add the red marked amounts in the line 
3. Add (only) Lawyer's fees once more (fees of the opposite Lawyer)

Example: Your claim is 13,150.59 EUR 

1. Choose the line of your claim: it is the line "up to 16,000.00"

2. Add the red columns in the line: 879.00 + 780.00 + 845.00 = 2,504.00

3. Add (only) Lawyer's fees once more (fees of the opposite Lawyer):
2,504.00 + 780.00 + 845.00 = the risk is  4,129.00 EUR

 

Our offer:

It can be sufficient to invest court fees in the range from 86,00 EUR-517,00 EUR (at a claim of 7.000,00 EUR) to obtain an enforceable judgement!


Legal Table for Fees in German: 

From Court Summons via adversary Court Proceedings to Enforcement


amount of the claim

Court Summons

Complete
Court Proceedings

Further Fees
in 2. Step,
deduction of advance

Enforcement 
Fees

In total

sum in dispute

1. Step

2. Step


3. Step


up to 500,00

  

  

86,00

  

  

217,50

  

  

131,50

  


34,50

  

252,00

  

  

up to 1000.00

  

  

131,50

  

  

359.00

  

  

227,50

  


34,50

  

359,00

  

  

up to 1500.00

  

  

170,50

  

  

500.50

  

  

330,00

  


34,50

  

393,50

  

  

up to 2,000.00

  

  

214,50

  

  

642.00

  

  

427,50

  


45,00

  

687,00

  

  

up to 3,000.00

  

  

275,00

  

  

826.50

  

  

551,50

  


60,30

  

886,80

  

  

up to 4,000.00

  

  

335,50

  

  

1,011.00

  

  

675,50

  


75,60

  

1.086,60

  

  

up to 5,000.00

  

  

396,00

  

  

1,195.50

  

  

799,50

  


90,90

  

1.286,40

  

  

up to 6,000.00

  

  

456,50

  

  

1,380.00

  

  

923,50

  


106,20

  

1.486,20

  

  

up to 7,000.00

  

  

517,00

  

  

1,564.50

  

  

1047,50

  


121,50

  

1.686,00

  

  

up to 8,000.00

  

  

577,50

  

  

1,749.00

  

  

1171,50

  


136,80

  

1.885,80

  

  

up to 9,000.00

  

  

638,00

  

  

1,933.50

  

  

1295,50

  


152,10

  

1,933.50

  

  

up to 10,000.00

  

  

698,50

  

  

2,118.00

  

  

1419,50

  


167,40

  

2.285,40

  

  

up to 13,000.00

  

  

757,50

  

  

2,311.00

  

  

1553,50

  


181,20

  

2.492,20

  

  

up to 16,000.00

  

  

816,50

  

  

2,504.00

  

  

1687,50

  


196,00

  

2.699,00

  

  

up to 19,000.00

  

  

875,50

  

  

2,697.00

  

  

1821,50

  


208,80

  

2.905,80

  

  

up to 22,000.00

  

  

934,50

  

  

2,890.00

  

  

1955,50

  


222,60

  

3.112,60

  

  

up to 25,000.00

  

  

993,50

  

  

3,083.00

  

  

2089,50

  


236,40

  

3.319,40




Please note that this scale of fees is an overview and not legally binding. It is possible that our invoice will differ in detail. 





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