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What is the "Industry Standard" for late fees on past due legal fees?

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Our office is looking into what a reasonably accepted rate to charge for past due accounts would be. We, of course, would have to put this into the initial contracts as well but since we are a sole practitioner firm (Probate/Family Law) we need to know what is considered reasonable. 12% ? 10% ?

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Both rates are acceptable. You could set out a base rate followed by a higher default rate if the client failed to pay after notice.

Good luck.


One or two percent


I am not aware of any industry standard. Although you label the amount as a later fee, it appears to be an interest charge and you do not want to violate the usuary laws. 12% would seem reasonable.

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