General conditions

  1. The relation between a client and Dehaese & Dehaese law firm shall be governed by these general conditions unless otherwise agreed in writing.
  2. The law firm contracts an obligation of means with its client and shall treat a case with the appropriate earnestness and care.
  3. At the start of the handling of a case, the law firm will charge a provisional amount which will be reserved up till the closing of the case.
  4. The law firm will charge monthly, bi-monthly or each quarter its activities relating to the past period. Each invoice for fee and expenses is payable within 15 days. All services offered are subject to a VAT rate of 21%.
  5. In case of non-payment of an invoice, a surplus interest will be charged equal to the interest foreseen in Art. 5 of the Law of 2 august 2002. For each unpaid invoice an indemnity will be charged equal to 10% of the amount due without need of notice of fault.
  6. In case of non-payment by the client on the due date of an invoice, the law firm will be entitled to cease its services without need of notice of fault to the client.
  7. In case of dispute, only the Courts of Hasselt will be competent. Belgian law will be applicable.
  8. These general conditions, apply for the services of the law firm Dehaese & Dehaese, its lawyers and collaborators and all persons which collaborate with the law firm or for which the law firm is responsible.
  9. The professional third-party liability of the law firm Dehaese & Dehaese, its lawyers and collaborators is limited to the amount specified by the insurance policy underwritten by the law firm. This policy comprises a cover of 1.250.000 euro. Upon explicit request of a client, an insurance policy can be underwritten for a larger amount for a specific file. In this case an additional, insurance premium will be payable by the client.
    Each liability of the law firm Dehaese & Dehaese is limited to the amount which will be paid out by the professional liability insurance and in case of non-payment by such professional liability insurance, to the amount of fees charged by the law firm in the previous year to the corresponding client.