It is particularly important to me that at the very beginning of the client relationship there be clarity about my rates and fees. I firmly believe that nobody should ever have to forgo qualified legal advice because of an ungrounded anxiety about potential lawyers' fees, nor should anybody at any time be surprised by them.
Consequently, I base the calculation of my rates and fees for legal counsel and representation in proceedings before court on an hourly rate. It goes without saying that we may discuss in detail any costs you can expect for services rendered and potential judicial costs.
For contested court proceedings the following applies: a process is an investment in your rights. Who is to bear the costs of the proceedings ultimately depends on who wins. As an economically-minded attorney it is my responsibility to assess the risk of the procedure and to decide together with you whether the investment is worthwhile and how the process can be efficiently managed.
By the way: legal services for clients outside the EU are not subject to VAT.