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Post: #1   PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:33 pm Reply with quote
maddy
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Is it normal to pay your solicitors fees before completion and even before your house has been built
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:43 pm Reply with quote
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Hi

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

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Post: #3   PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:04 pm Reply with quote
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Maddy,

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.

HTH

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Post: #4   PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:09 pm Reply with quote
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Hi all
Good question.
We have had our keys since February this year and are kind-of expecting something from the solicitor any time, but it has just happened yet.

Is this in itself unusual ?

Ady and Karen
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:22 pm Reply with quote
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oops Embarassed Just talked to the boss and she informs me that we didnt pay the full amount to the solicitors, the rest comes after completion
just shows you how much attention I pay to the money side Embarassed

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Post: #6   PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:01 pm Reply with quote
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Post: #7   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 10:19 am Reply with quote
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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.

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Post: #8   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 10:23 am Reply with quote
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We had to pay ours midway through. We were told all the work is done at the start of your purchase. We have to pay one more fee of around 1000 when the land registry papers arrive.

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Post: #9   PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:33 pm Reply with quote
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Did you use Stelios at Kallis and Kallis too Archntina?

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Post: #10   PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:13 pm Reply with quote
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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.

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Post: #11   PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:47 am Reply with quote
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Hi

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)...

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Post: #12   PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:25 pm Reply with quote
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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.
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Post: #13   PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:08 am Reply with quote
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Hi

Yes - many clients do tell me that they prefer to instruct a lawyer in a different area to avoid conflicts arising!

I would agree that because of the size of the island it can sometimes be more difficult to find a reasonable and fair lawyer. I believe the key is to find an independent lawyer.

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Post: #14   PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:22 am Reply with quote
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Hi Harvester they also say the same about Paralimni Lawers
Maxwell

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Post: #15   PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:51 pm Reply with quote
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my lawyer has sent me her bill and nothing built yet
does not reply to e-mails never available on the telephone
hearing some bad reports about her
Not paying this bill at the moment
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Post: #16   PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:25 pm Reply with quote
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The fact that building work has not been started does not mean your lawyer is not entitled to be paid if legal work has been carried out on your behalf. Be careful not to get yourself sued!
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Post: #17   PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:10 am Reply with quote
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Mad Hi Lewis
how can you pay a bill for something that has not been built yet , keep your money in your pocket for now . Who is your Solicitor ?
Maxwell .

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Post: #18   PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:22 pm Reply with quote
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MAXWELL wrote:
Mad Hi Lewis
how can you pay a bill for something that has not been built yet , keep your money in your pocket for now . Who is your Solicitor ?
Maxwell .


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Post: #19   PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:27 pm Reply with quote
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Louisez wrote:
The fact that building work has not been started does not mean your lawyer is not entitled to be paid if legal work has been carried out on your behalf. Be careful not to get yourself sued!


Hi there
I have not refused to pay but want an explantion and proper breakdown of the bill
It is more than orginally quoted
would not pay a bill in England till satisfied lweis
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Post: #20   PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:33 am Reply with quote
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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
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