LawGro supports a wide array of fee structures for a matter. You may choose any one pricing style or a combination of fee structures for a matter.
1. Flat Fee - If you have agreed on a flat fee for a matter, check this option and enter the fee agreed on. Typically, lawyers use this for fixed fee deals, where the fee is charged at a flat rate irrespective of efforts involved and possible outcome of the matter.
2. Contingency Fee - This option is used in scenarios where the fee is paid by the client only when the matter is closed successfully (typically in litigations where you win the case the favour of your client). The contingency fee can be either % (percentage) of the award or can be an absolute amount in flat terms.
- % based contingency fee - If your contact has agreed to pay a % of the award amount, you should select this option. LawGro offers an option to record the agreed % value along with the expected reward amount (based on which the actual fees are calculated). The award amount can be updated any time during the case or on the successful outcome of the matter. Once you update the award amounts, the system calculates the exact fees suitably. Ex : If you have agreed on 35% of say 100,000 then the fee calculated shall be 35,000. If you update the award to 150,000 or 50,000 based on the actual outcome of the case, then the fee shall be 52,500 or 17,500 respectively. This is a popular pricing option in many countries, specially when the Lawyers are very confident of winning the case. It also helps in faster client acquisition, as typically client do not end up paying anything if the ruling is not in favour of the client. High risk, high returns!!!
- Flat contingency fee - In this scenario, the fee is paid by the client only on successful completion but instead of a % amount based on the award, a flat fee is paid. Continuing on the above example, If the fee is agreed to be 25,000 Flat, then irrespective of the award amount (whether 100,000, 150,000 or 50,000) the client should pay 25,000 on successful closure of the matter and nothing if the case is lost. Although the award amount does not play any role in fee calculation here, LawGro offers support to record (and even edit on the closure of case) for the record and reference purposes.
3. Max cap of Fee - This option helps to limit the fee to specified amount. This is helpful in many scenarios especially when you are using a combination of fee structures and variable fee structures. If there is no cap agreed, then this option should not be selected and no cap should be specified. The Max cap is applicable only to cap the fee at the upper side (maximum end) and not the lower side (minimum end).
- Scenario 1: Flat fee specified is 10,000, Hourly rate specified is 200/ hour and Max cap is specified at 15,000. In this case, even if the hourly expenses has been for more hours e.g. 30 hours, the system will not allow raising invoices beyond 15,000. The fee without a cap works out to be 16,000 in this case (Flat fee of 10,000 + Hourly fees of 6,000 (30 hours x 200 per hour)).
- Scenario 2: Flat fee specified is 1,000, contingency fee specified is 40% of 100,000 and Max cap is specified at 60,000. In this case, if the award amount goes to 150,000 or 200,000, the system will not allow raising invoices beyond 60,000. If the award amount is 150,000 then the fee works out to be 61,000 (Flat fee of 1,000 + contingency fee of 60,000) and if the award amount is 200,000 then the fee works out to be 81,000. But since there is a cap defined at 60,000, the system shall restrict it suitably.
4. Hourly rate Group - Hourly rates are one of the most common forms of billing. LawGro supports defining custom hourly rates for various team members working on a matter and groups them together. These custom rates can be labelled as per your choice and then linked to either a matter or a contact based on your agreement. The Hourly rate group which is linked to a contact (Default or Custom), gets carried forward to all matters associated with the contact. You can always link another hourly rate group to a matter or client. If you wish to change any existing entry, you have to do it manually. However, any existing data will not get impacted by this change and it will impact only future entries.
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