To see how we can help you, please contact Donal Reilly & Collins. You can call, email or write to us here.
We at Donal Reilly and Collins provide a good service at a very competitive price. We understand that clients will want to know in advance how much they will have to pay. When we quote a price this will not increase unless significant and unexpected extra work is required and we will notify you in advance of any such change. This rarely happens and we stick to our original quote almost all of the time.
In cases where court proceedings are likely the difficulty for solicitors (and clients) is that in a lot of cases it can be very difficult for the solicitor to predict the outcome and so can only give an estimate. The Law Society have published a pamphlet which explains the basis on how solicitors charge which is very helpful. Please click here to view the guide.
How our fees are based:
As per the Law Society pamphlet linked above, we base our fees on the complexity of the work, time involved, level of expertise required and urgency of the work. An example of urgent work would be receiving instructions on a case where the time limit for bringing the case is about to expire or receiving instructions to bring an injunction on a Monday morning, on the morning of the previous Friday.
However, some matters lend themselves to an extensive quote and we have enclosed quotes for several common matters below and we explain why it is not possible to give quotes in other matters.
We can give you a very accurate estimate in advance and this is unlikely to change save for unforeseen difficulties (eg a very complicated title). See our draft invoices below which give a clear picture of the costs of buying/mortgaging a house or taking on a Lease:
1. Purchase of a house for €250,000 Sample Invoice for conveyancing.
2. Purchase of a house for €350,000, Sample Invoice for Conveyancing
3. Mortgage (Land Registry), Sample Invoice for Land Registry Title for Mortgage
4. Re – Mortgage (Land Registry), This fee only applies where we have read title to the property before and no alterations have been carried out by you. Sample Invoice for Land Registry Remortgage
5. Commercial Lease: Short Term: 5 years Sample Invoice for Short Term Commercial Lease
6. Commercial Lease: Long Term: 21 years plus. Sample Invoice for Long Term Commercial Lease
PERSONAL INJURY: If your case goes to court and you are successful then the other side generally pay almost all, if not all, of your costs. Sometimes there will be a shortfall in what you have spent in obtaining medical reports or on other outlay and what you can recover from the other side.
The Personal Injuries Assessment Board was set up in 2004 and since that time the Insurance company generally do not pay costs. Therefore if your case is settled within the Personal Injuries Assessment Board process and you engage us you will have to pay us when your case settles or you accept an award by the Board. We give as accurate an estimate as possible at the beginning of your case.
Solicitors are not allowed in contentious matters, such as personal injury, to take a percentage of an award that you are given.
LITIGATION/EMPLOYMENT LAW: These are the areas where it is difficult for us to advise clients in advance what the fees are likely to be due to the uncertainty of predicting how much work we will have to carry out.
We try to keep costs low in matters before the Employment Appeals Tribunal as even if you are successful, the Tribunal does not award costs. Our fees begin at €1000 + VAT to act for you in those matters. Depending on the case, we may advise you to engage a barrister also and his or her fee will be a separate matter.
FAMILY LAW: As we encourage agreement between spouses we offer extremely competitive rates for an uncontested divorce beginning from €1000 + Vat + outlay.
For more complex matters we still offer very competitive rates.
Where agreement has been reached between you and your spouse we can draft your Separation Agreement for you. The fee varies depending on the complexity of the matters but generally our fees start at €600 + VAT.
Our fee for acting for you in the District Court is €500 + VAT per day.
PROBATE: Unlike many Solicitor Firms we do not charge scale costs which is a percentage of the value of an estate (e.g. estate is worth €2,000,000 fee of 1% is €20,000). We charge on the basis of the amount of work done and the complexity of the probate. Our fees generally fall between the range of €3,000 - €7,000 plus VAT regardless of the value of the estate.
For drafting simple wills our fee is €100 plus VAT. More complex wills with multiple beneficiaries and trustees will attract a fee in the region of €300 - €400 plus VAT.
For Section 117 actions, please see the Litigation tab, link here.
Debt Collection: District Court, Sample Invoice for District Court Debt Collection.
Debt Collection: Circuit Court, Sample Invoice for Circuit Court Debt Collection.
Debt Collection: High Court, Sample Invoice for High Court Debt Collection.
COMPANY LAW: A Company is a vehicle which allows two individuals (acting as Directors) to carry on a business with limited liability. The Liability of the Directors of the Company is limited to the value of the issued share capital, usually €2. It is the principal way of doing business in the State.
ROAD TRAFFIC ACTION: Attendance at court listed at €500 plus VAT per day or any part thereof.
We defend Drink Driving Prosecutions for €600 plus Vat for our office and €600 plus VAT for Counsel retained on your behalf.
NURSING HOME SUPPORT SCHEME. We can apply for this on your behalf and make the Circuit Court Application on your behalf. Our Fee will be €600 plus VAT and Outlay will be in the region of €100
COMMISSIONERS FOR OATHS: As we are practising solicitors we are able to swear Affidavits/Declarations. The fee is currently €10 per signature and €2 per exhibit.
DRAFTING POWER OF ATTORNEY: Our fee depends on how complex and detailed a power you require. We charge €80 + VAT for drafting a basic, general Power of Attorney.
DRAFTING SOLICITOR’S LETTER: We will take instructions and draft an initial letter for you for €100 plus VAT. On occasion a well worded solicitor’s letter at the beginning of any complaint can resolve the issue or lead to a satisfactory result for all parties. This quote does not cover a chain of correspondence.
CONSULTATION: Sometimes people are unsure of their rights in a situation or want advice on any action they are considering bringing. We charge €50 plus VAT for the initial consultation unless we are acting for you in a Personal Injury matter when the first consultation is free.