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Can I Charge My Clients Back for Credit Card Processing Fees?


  • Can Credit Card Surcharges be Added to Bills
  • How do I charge my Client's for the LawPay processing fees?
  • Can I change an automatic administrative fee which is dependent on the amount Billed?
  • Can I incorporate the Lawpay credit card processing fees inside a generated Bill?


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Additional Information:

  • Credit Card Surcharges are not legal in every state. Please refer to this list of statutes and ensure that you're permitted to surcharge your Client.
  • You can only surcharge up to the amount charged by the payment processor. This means that if LawPay charges 1.95%, the maximum allowed surcharge is 1.95%.
  • Credit Card Surcharges are not legal in Canada.
  • If the Client is paying the surcharge by Credit Card, LawPay will charge a surcharge on the surcharge—this means that while you can recover the majority of the fee, it's essentially impossible to recover 100%.
  • For information on how to set up Taxes, please see here.


Yes, you can use our Tax function to add other types of surcharges like credit card processing fees to Bills. Please click here to see how to set up Taxes.

Another option would be to incorporate the charge in your legal fees so you do not have to worry about using the Tax function. You could create an Activity Category for your each of your Fixed Fee cases and include the fee in your total charge. If the client ends up paying by another means ( cash, check, ACH), prior to recording the Payment, you could apply a percentage discount based on the surcharge. 

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