Lawyer fee - "out of pocket expenses"
I was purchasing a new custom home build in Edmonton for about $850K.
The real estate lawyer quoted us $1495 + "out of pocket expenses". This suggested to me an "all-in" price except for some odd incidentals.
We basically signed off on the deal and agreed to almost all terms except holdback clauses when he got involved so I don't think there was much work actually done on the project. All of the paperwork we've dealt with up until now has been through our real estate agent with him just making a few minor suggestions about clauses which he subsequently actually forgot about it and we had to remind him of their existence on 2 different occasions. We've actually not met him yet with closing date just a week away.
Anyhow, now that the deal is basically wrapped up he has revealed that on top of the $1495 fee (which I thought was excessive but wife wanted to sign him because she knew him from before) he wants to charge $1300 + GST for "Disbursements". There is no actual breakdown of any of these costs.
Do these "out of pocket expsenses" sound reasonable. What could they represent.
Thanks for any advice that you have on this matter.