Fees arising by law (legal fees) or by contract (contract fees):
The rules concerning the fees of an attorney at law are
laid down in the Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz (RVG).
The RVG determines the fees according to the legal
activities of the attorney at law (legal fees) unless a
contract about the fees has been expressly agreed upon (contract
fees e.g hourly fees).
For some legal activities of the attorney at law
contract fees are mandatory for other activities
For legal counsel and other legal services not
connected with a litigation (e.g drafting of contracts):
contract fees are mandatory
The conclusion of a contract about
fees (e.g. hourly fee) between the attorney at law and
his client is mandatory for legal services not connected
to a litigation (legal counsel, drafting a labour
contract or drafting a memorandum for a company to be
In case of
litigation: legal fees or contract fees, and court fees
In case of litigation legal fees arise according to the
RVG unless a special contract about the fees has been
concluded replacing the legal fees (see above).
The legal fees of the attorney at law and the court fees
depend on the sum in dispute (Streitwert i.e.: the
higher the sum in dispute, the higher the fees of the
attorney at law and the fees of the court) and the
procedure in court e.g.: a judgmentb by default because
of the absence of one party at the hearing is cheaper
than a jugdment after a controversial hearing of both
Once a case is pending in court additional court fees
have to be paid to the state.
When going to court what are
the legal fees in your legal matter?
Because the procedure of a case pending at court is not
precisely foreseeable predictions of the legal fees
arising can only be approximately predicted.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to inform
yourself about the fees arising in your case.