How Should I Pay My Lawyer?

Getting a good lawyer is a must if you want to win your case. Unfortunately, what worries most people is the amount that it entails, not knowing that there are actually a number of options at hand.

Factors Affecting Lawyer Fees

Before a lawyer can give you an idea of how much you would have to pay for his services, he would most likely take a look at a number of factors first – the needed specialization, how complicated or complex the case is, how much time the lawyer would need to spend on the case, and if there is a need for additional lawyers and professionals in order to build and defend the case. Keep in mind that this is apart from other expenses such as filing fees, mailing expenses, postage, and administrative costs.

Aside from the fees being negotiable, lawyers also typically have a number of different payment arrangement – hourly, fixed fee, or contingent fee. Hourly rates are recommended for those who would want some legal research done. Depending on the nature of the task, a lawyer can also recommend a retainer agreement where the hourly payment is made in advance.

When a lawyer recommends contingent fees, this means that they are willing to take the case and be paid only if they are able to win it. While this might be advantageous for the client, you have to keep in mind that some states do not allow contingent fees in certain cases such as in criminal cases and in divorce proceedings.


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