The cost varies depending on the lawyer. The fee depends on your location, the nature and complexities of your case as well as your ability to pay. It is naturally higher in Metro Manila than in the province.
Big law firms can charge you a package fee of as much as Php 500,000 or more. Small law firms or those practicing independently can charge you from Php 200,000 to 350,000.
On the other hand, some lawyers do not like a package scheme and prefer being paid their professional fees only. With this, your expenses are broken down as
- Attorney’s fees or acceptance fee ranging from Php 75,000 to Php 100,000
- A pleading fee of around Php 5,000 to Php 20,000
- Appearance fee of usually around Php 3,000 to Php 7,000.
The client will then shoulder other expenses such as the filing/docket fee of around Php 5,000 and the cost of publication of around Php 15,000 or more in case your spouse cannot be located and summons needs to be published. Incidental expenses of around Php 20,000 to Php 30,000 are advised to be allotted as well.
Some lawyers also accept installment payment.
Please note these costs are just estimates. It varies from lawyer to lawyer and from place to place. You should discuss the financial aspect to your chosen lawyer before signing a Retainer Agreement.
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