Fees and Expenses Associated with Legal Representation of Civil Cases

Here’s an overview of the fees and expenses that may apply to your engagement of an attorney. This overview is for civil legal matters for which you are seeking assistance. (Another page explaining the fee structure of criminal defense is coming soon.)

When one of our attorneys agree to represent a client with respect to a lawsuit litigation, a conciliation or out-of-court negotiation, we will prepare a letter of engagement contract that stipulates lawyer’s fee. The client is obligated to pay some items from these fees, and all expenses even if our representation results in an outcome considered unfavorable to the client.  For cases where the outcome is uncertain during representation by a lawyer, a fee structure where Initial Fee and Contingency Fee are combined (in addition to Actual Fee and Allowance) may be chosen.

Initial Fee
of claimed economic interest

( or 5% for the portion => 3mil)

Initial Fee (CHAKUSHU-KIN, also called Attorney Engagement Fee) is the non-refundable sum of money a client pays to the attorney when the attorney agrees to represent the client and before any legal services are provided.  If the firm agrees to represent the client with respect to any other matters, the client pays an engagement fee for each individual engagement.  The engagement fee is considered to be earned by the firm upon receipt and, therefore, is not a fee paid in advance.
Contingency fee
of economic interest secured

( or 10% for the portion >= 3mil)

Contingency fee(HOUSHUU-KIN) is calculated in proportion to the amount of economic interest gained for the client at the conclusion of a matter, such as when a judgment has been rendered in the client’s favor, when a settlement has been reached, or when a conciliation or alternative dispute resolution case has been completed.  If we agree to continue representing a client who wishes to file an appeal, the client is only obligated to pay the attorney fees associated with the final appellate case filed, unless otherwise specified. 
Attorney Allowance for trips(NITTOU) is a daily allowance a client pays, in addition to the legal expenses described below, when members of our firm must travel in order to perform the legal services associated with the client’s matter.
Actual Fee
Actual Fee (JIPPI, also called Legal Expenses) include payments for revenue stamps, postage, copying, communication, transportation and accommodation.  Clients are also responsible for security deposits, court filing expenses and any other required expenditure associated with the case.  The firm can provide an estimate of the legal expenses and the client can pay when the firm agrees to represent the client, or the firm can charge the client each time these legal expenses will be incurred.

If the attorney receives funds from the client or a third party in relation to the firm’s representation of a client, including funds related to a provisional seizure, a security deposit for provisional disposition, deposit money, or settlement or award proceeds, the firm may draw from these amounts to satisfy the client’s fee and expense obligations described in this document before the firm disburses the balance to the client.