Our Legal Fees

Navigating legal fees is a crucial aspect of engaging legal services. Specht and Pryer are committed to providing transparent information about our fee structures.
We trust it is important that clients have a clear understanding of the costs associated with their legal representation.

We Offer Flat Fees & Hourly Fees

Flat Fees

We use set fees as much as possible whether your case is family-related or criminal.
A flat fee is a fixed, unchanging price charged for a particular service, regardless of the hours lawyers need. We will not ask for additional payment on top of a fixed fee until the indicated work is completed.
Our team will begin working on a case after a payment, our clients do not receive surprise charges.
If circumstances change then we will discuss with the client before any extra fees will be considered.

We are able to provide you with a fixed fee for services related to the following…

  • Most uncontested divorce cases
  • Agreements including marriage and separation agreements
  • Wills
  • Immigration cases
  • Estate case
  • Residential Tenancy Branch disputes
  • Documents and Agreements for Small Businesses
  • Lease and contracts
  • Loan agreements
  • Civil disputes
  • Criminal cases including but not limited to driving while prohibited

Our legal team often requires a consultation to understand your case, enabling us to offer a flat fee tailored to your specific situation.

Hourly Fees

In certain legal cases, lawyers opt for an hourly billing structure, wherein clients are billed based on the actual time spent on their cases.
We focus on transparency in our client relationships and believe in providing clarity about our services and associated costs.
If we have a retainer, we will contact the client regarding the status of the work and the retainer.
We will not bill beyond the retainer without instructions from the client.
Before embarking on any legal representation by retainer, we inform our clients of the hourly cost in advance.

No Initial Consultation fee if you retain us!

In many cases, we need to schedule an initial consultation to assess your case and estimate legal fees.
We can have a consultation over the phone, online, or in person at our office in downtown Vancouver.
There will be a $200 (tax included) consultation fee. However, if you retain us as your lawyer, this fee will be deducted from your invoice. The consultation will be up to an hour.
If the initial consultation requires extensive document review, the fee will vary.
We provide consultation in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. There is no additional charge for interpretation.
Feel free to reach out to us to arrange a consultation by calling or you can send us an email with a few suggested dates and times.

We Do Not Charge an Interpretation Fee

Our firm takes pride in being one of the original multicultural law firms in Vancouver, BC, a characteristic that underscores our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Our staff answers the phone in both English and Chinese. You can always request an assistant who speaks Cantonese and Japanese.
Lawyers at Specht and Pryer speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.
Whether you communicate with a lawyer or immigration assistant through our interpreter or Chinese speaking legal assistant, we do not charge an extra fee for interpretation.

Please note that we can not translate legal documents as this requires certified translation. We can only translate communications between our clients and our lawyers.

If you require an interpreter for your trial and hearing etc, then we need to request a court certified interpreter.

Navigating through the legal process can be stressful, but we believe that being able to speak in your primary language gives you comfort and promotes smooth communication moving forward.

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Payment Method

We accept E-transfers and credit card payments. Payments can be completed within and from outside of Canada.

Credit card payments:

An invoice along with a payment link will be emailed to you, or you can opt to call us for phone payments. We welcome payments through Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Interac Debit cards.

E-transfer:

Please contact Specht and Pryer staff for instruction.
To find instructions on how to send an E-transfer, please refer to this website.

Initial payment:

Please send us a picture of your photo ID when you make your first payment. This is required by regulation. Your picture ID can be a driver’s licence or a passport either from Canada or overseas. A copy of your ID will be kept in your file with our office.

No top up fees for retaining Experts

Collaborating with local experts in Vancouver, BC, Specht and Pryer tailors its approach depending on the specific requirements of each case. This ensures a personalized and effective strategy for addressing the unique aspects of every file.

We work with…

  • Accountants
  • Appraisers
  • Business valuators
  • Certified translators
  • Collection agents
  • Court certified translators
  • Medical specialists who can perform independent medical examinations
  • Real estate professionals
  • Skip tracers
  • University professors

We likely have established relationships with experts from various fields to meet any specific expertise needs.

At Specht and Pryer, there are no additional fees on top of what the expert charges. You only pay the expert’s fee, and in many instances, you can directly settle the fee with the expert.

Q&A

How much retainer do Specht and Pryer charge?

We don’t require upfront retainers. Instead, we have an initial consultation to discuss your case and provide you with an initial flat fee quote. If you prefer an hourly fee, we can discuss it during the consultation.

Is it possible to get a quote without consultation?

Yes, but not always. It’s case by case, but if your case is relatively simple we may be able to give you a quote over the phone or email. Please feel free to contact us.

Do you charge tax?

We do charge taxes on top of our fee except for a few cases such as consultation ($200) and Wills ($750~).

How much is the application fee?

Please contact us or review this website for details: 

Electronic filing fees for Supreme BC Court 

Fees for small claims

Can you charge hourly instead of a flat fee?

While we suggest a flat fee, you also have the option to select an hourly rate. Please bring up your preference during the consultation.

We are happy to answer your questions. Please contact us by phone, email or Wechat.

Contact Information

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Address: # 780 – 789 West Pender Street Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada V6C 1H2

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