Would you believe that a lawyer who worked on the transfer of title in my name of five subdivision lots is billing us P3-millon for his services? Yes, the lots are found in an ordinary subdivision in Taytay, Rizal. Four of the lots are vacant lots. Two lots are 180 sq.m. each; one is 240 sq.m. and the fourth is 309 sq.m. One lot with 240 sq.m. has a small house. The titles are clean and without any encumbrances. They were in the name of my late wife and myself.
When I saw the bill, I was floored! I felt amused and aghast at the same time! For how can an ordinary lawyer have the nerve to give me such an atrocious, outrageous and unthinkable billing?
How did this fellow arrive at his legal fee? He made his own arbitrary assessment of what he claims is the current market value of the 5 lots. And he arrived at P25-million! That’s P21,758.05 per square meter! That’s really unconscionable and unthinkable. And he said that his fee is 12% of his own arbitrary assessment. That’s P3 million!
I am a reasonable person and I am willing to pay what is reasonable. What do you think is a reasonable fee that I should pay? Can you make your comment please about this outrageous billing? I will collect your comments and show to the world how unreasonable the lawyer is.
Send your comments to my email: email@example.com. You may also text me at 0917-841-5477.Thank you, this is Zac B. Sarian, Agriculture Editor of the Manila Bulletin.