Fees & Legal Costs

At Wearing & Blairs, we aim to keep costs affordable, whilst still providing high quality legal advice and service. We will discuss likely costs with you at the outset, and as matters proceed.

Lawyers charge for their services in different ways. At Wearing & Blairs we usually charge for our services at the rate prescribed by the Supreme Court Rules, as amended from time to time (Scale of Costs)

In some instances, for example Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives, we prepare documents for a set fee. In other cases, we are happy to discuss costs and provide an estimate of our anticipated fees.

Legal services are not cheap, so you don't want your lawyer doing unnecessary work for you. Our experience enables us to get to the crux of the matter quickly and cost-effectively.

In most cases we are willing to wait until a matter is resolved before sending a bill for our work. We are willing to act on a "no win - no fee" agreement in appropriate cases.

In the South Australian Employment Tribunal an injured worker is usually able to recover a substantial proportion of his or her legal costs from the compensating authority even if the dispute is ultimately unsuccessful.

In actions under the Fair Work Act, 1994 (SA) or the Fair Work Act, 2009 (Cth) costs are not usually awarded.

In other litigation, such as a claim for damages for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident, the general rule is that the successful party is entitled to recover the majority of his or her legal costs from the opponent.

In Inheritance (Family Provision) Act claims, fees may ultimately be payable from the estate, but this is not always the case.

There may be other sources of funding for legal costs, which we will discuss with you.

Joseph Wearing acted for me in a defamation case associated with my work. While the attack on my reputation was confronting, I knew from the start that I had a wonderful advocate in Joseph. He communicated to me with clarity and timeliness. In his dealings with the other side, he argued my case skillfully.

Because of his advocacy, the matter was settled swiftly and to my complete satisfaction.

- Annette M

We offer the following services at fixed rates:

Wills

Simple Will: $330 for a single Will or $440 for a couple, inclusive of GST.

If your wishes or circumstances are complex, then our costs are guided by the Supreme Court Scale. We are happy to discuss costs at your first appointment.

There is generally no cost if you wish to store your original Will at Wearing & Blairs for safekeeping.

Advance Care Directives

Single $330 & Couple $440, inclusive of GST

Enduring Powers of Attorney

Single $330 & Couple $440, inclusive of GST.

Reduced to $220 Single & $330 Couple, inclusive of GST, when prepared with your Will(s).

Reduced to $165 Single & $220 Couple, inclusive of GST, when prepared with your Will(s) and Advance Care Directive(s).

This was a long process requiring the collation of a lot of medical information, in the beginning I found this a bit difficult with limited knowledge of the public liability system and in no way is it a criticism, it's just the way the system works. I was always well informed of the process and as time went by, I could see logical progress. I felt that at all times Joseph always was accessible, he responded to any questions by me efficiently, thoroughly, professionally and promptly, even one at 6am in the morning when I had emailed him at 5.30 am in a bit of a panic.

I think the company's fees are very reasonable, far better than any other law firm I have had dealings with.

Joseph has been willing to follow up issues as they arose in relation to the claim,before, during and after settlement, this was very professional and appreciated. I think that Joseph acts in a very diligent and thorough manner at all times and would not hesitate to use WearingLaw in the near future for example to revisit our wills.

- David B