Lawyer's Fees in Civil or Commercial Matters

These statutory costs must be considered as minimum fees for an attorney fighting in court for you. The below values will only be applicable for matters of civil (outside of family law) and commerical matters. You can always be persuaded to pay more and sometimes it is only just to pay more. Consider another thing: if you agreed to pay more and won your case, then you can only be refunded for the amount of the statutory fees.

When talking to an attorney, I keep hearing “risk of litigation (Prozeßrisiko)”. What is he hinting at?

Lawyers talk of “risk of litigation” whenever they want to inform you of what your total costs will be if you lose a case in civil courts. In Germany, the loser pays it all – no matter if plaintiff or defendant. In other words, if you lose a civil case the litigation risk is what you will end up paying. This means that if you lose a case in court, you will not only have to pay court fees and your attorney but your opponent’s attorney, too. Your opponent’s attorney will cost as much as your own. Keep this in mind, when planning to sue somebody.
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What does a case in court cost me? My case is ruled by the value of € 600.

Own lawyer's fees

347.48

Oposing lawyer's fees

261.80

Court Fees

159.00

Risk of Litigation

147.56

 


My case is ruled by the value of € 1,200.

Own lawyer's fees

478.68

Oposing lawyer's fees

385.93

Court Fees

213.00

Risk of Litigation

1,057.61





My case is ruled by the value of EUR 2,500.

Own lawyer's fees

801.05

Oposing lawyer's fees

621.78

Court Fees

324.00

Risk of Litigation

1,746.83





My case is ruled by the default value of EUR 5,000.

Own lawyer's fees

1,183.39

Oposing lawyer's fees

925.23

Court Fees

438.00

Risk of Litigation

2,546.62