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Lawyer Fees When Buying a house? [AB]

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  • May 27th, 2021 6:47 pm
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Lawyer Fees When Buying a house? [AB]

Called a lawyer, he told me fees would be about $1300. I agreed, and then a week later he asked for the bank draft and the bank draft is an extra $2000 what I expected, accounting for his lawyer fees. Is it normal to be paying around $3000 over your down payment in lawyer fees? Something doesn’t seem right but I have to close within the next week so I feel helpless.

I will be seeing the lawyer tomorrow to view the breakdown of fees.
Last edited by RDodds on May 27th, 2021 3:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Feb 4, 2015
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Canada, Eh!!
Depends on jurisdiction however the 1300 seemed in line but 3000 way too much.

Suggest wait for feedback from other folks in your part of Canada.
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Jan 15, 2017
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The term "lawyer's fees" is very ambiguous. For some it may be interpreted as just the legal fees that are required, whereas for others what they are actually looking for is the total cost that they have to pay the lawyer that is in addition to the down payment. That total cost usually includes the legal fees, disbursements, title insurance, property tax, property searches and other disbursements.
[OP]
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Dec 13, 2014
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Edmonton, AB
skeet50 wrote: The term "lawyer's fees" is very ambiguous. For some it may be interpreted as just the legal fees that are required, whereas for others what they are actually looking for is the total cost that they have to pay the lawyer that is in addition to the down payment. That total cost usually includes the legal fees, disbursements, title insurance, property tax, property searches and other disbursements.
Do you think $3000 is fair for all of the above mentioned?
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Jan 15, 2017
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RDodds wrote: Do you think $3000 is fair for all of the above mentioned?
Yes it is. One big charge when buying a home is the reimbursement of any property taxes that have been paid by the current owner.
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Jan 28, 2009
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The law firm requested 3k because there will be disbursements on top of their fee. They should provide a full reckoning of their account once the file has closed and refund you any residual.

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