In case of tariff rates the fees are set by the Czech Ministry of Justice's Decree No. 177/1996 Coll., as amended, which stipulates the level of remuneration for the provision of legal services in cases where the client and attorney do not agree otherwise, or where a tariff rate for billing is arranged.
The total sum equals the rate of remuneration for each "act of legal service" multiplied by the number of such acts of legal service performed by the attorney in the case (remuneration per act of legal service x the number of such acts).
Remuneration for one act of legal service is calculated from the so-called tariff value, which is essentially considered to be the amount of monetary fulfillment or the value of an item or right, and accessions thereof (interest, charges for delayed payment, etc.) at the time when the legal service to which it pertains commences. The number of acts of legal service depends on the complexity of the case. For example, the following are considered to be acts of legal service:
- taking on and preparing representation for the client on the basis of a contract for the provision of legal services;
- an additional meeting with the client exceeding one hour;
- compiling a legal analysis of the case;
- drawing up a document for a legal transaction (this usually concerns contracts);
- negotiating with the opposing party (each two hours commenced) or participating in proceedings involving an administrative body or another authority (each two hours commenced).