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How Much Does a China Lawyer Cost: Things You Need to Know

Part I: How do China lawyers normally charge attorney fees?


If you decide to move forward with a lawsuit in China, or you need assistance with a China legal matter, you need to find China lawyers, and of course ask about their billing practices and fees.



Most China lawyers bill under one (or several) of the following arrangements:

Hourly rate: this is the most common way for a western lawyer to bill, however most China lawyer do not charge by hourly rates, except for the lawyers who often serve foreign clients. This process requires accurate record of all time spent working on documents, reviewing case files, presenting information in court, and any other tasks related to the client's case. The client and lawyer will agree on the hourly rate before getting started with the case.


Flat Fee Arrangements: with the flat fee arrangement, the attorney will render a specific legal service to the client for a fixed sum of money. Before agreeing to a flat fee, make sure you understand what is covered in the agreement. It may not include filing fees or other disbursements associated with the legal process.


Retainer fee: many lawyers require a retainer fee up front, which is something like a down payment on the case. As the lawyer works on your case, he or she will deduct the costs from the amount you paid and send you periodic invoices showing the deductions.


Contingency fee: a lawyer may offer this type of billing in a debt collection case. However, they are not allowed in criminal case, administrative cases and most family law case such as divorce, inheritance, child custody cases. With a contingency fee, the client only pay