I cant speak for the others, but we did pay before completion, and also before the building work started but not before they had actually done the paperwork and sorted out the wills for us.
Originally they did ask for the money up front but they were told that payment would be made afterwards.
No doubt the others will be able to help a bit more on this subject
hope this helps
This is coming
Growing old is mandatory - growing up is optional. Keep the wind in your face and ride safe
I would say it is unusual for a advocate to ask for the fees
up-front. I do know that it happens but would say that the
majority pay after the work has been completed. Personally
it was couple of months after I was in the property before I
paid the advocate.
I've been billed for what mine has done so far, he's done so much work for me I was dreading the bill, but it was about a 1/4 of what I'd estitmated based on my UK solicitor's bills for conveyancing and my divorce. Very good value. He only charged me £60 for staying the whole day in Larnaca, running around here, there and everywhere, even going to court at one stage. Brilliant. Would recomend him to anyone.
It's really nice to know that these lawyers are not like their rip-off British counterparts (in my experience anyway!) I have found all in all my dealings with the Cypriots that they are lovely people and very fair, maybe I've just been lucky, but its a welcome refreshing change for me and I can't wait to move over there.
I just thought Id have an input here to explain regarding payment of fees. At my firm on a property purchase we ask for 50% of the fees upfront (bear in mind we start to incur expenses for company searches and Land Registry searches from the start) - and when we have done all of the legal work (ie searches, drafted and negotiated the contract etc etc) we ask clients to send the second 50% payment along with their payment to be made on signing and the stamp duty.
Yvette - unfortunately there are lawyers who will overcharge in every country and those of us who will charge fairly - as with every profession. In my experience nationality has little to do with it. The key is to find a lawyer who you trust (of whichever nationality)...
I'd say it is alot worse in Cyprus then other countries- very hard to find a reasonable and fair lawyer in larnaca, but maybe I have been unlucky. In my view, better to go to another place, ie Nicosia as in Larnaca everyone knows each other.
I suggest you make sure that you have your request in writing - fax or letter rather than email. I have been involved in two cases lately where a lawyer has been very, very quick to issue court proceedings for recovery of their fees
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum