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Understand the usual ways that lawyers charge for their services, the use of retainer fee agreements, and the reason why retainer fees are often required. In addition, learn more about how fees are usually determined and how to dispute unnecessary fees.

  • ContentHow Do Attorneys Charge for Their Work?

    Cost is usually one of the top few questions an individual asks when a lawyer is needed. Attorneys charge in differing ways for their work. Here is an overview of some of the possibilities.

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  • ContentWhy Should I Have to Pay a Retainer Fee?

    When hiring an attorney, a potential client is often asked to pay an upfront fee called a “retainer” in order to hire the lawyer. Numerous clients question the need for such a fee. Often they are non-refundable. What happens if the case settles shortly after paying the retainer fee and before the attorney has done much work?

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  • ContentShould I Get a Written Retainer for My Case?

    Many lawyers require a retainer. There are several reasons to insist upon a written retainer fee agreement.

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  • ContentCommon Types of Fee Arrangements

    Fees and total costs are a large concern for individuals who hire lawyers. The fee type arrangements available to a client usually deal with the type of legal issues brought to the lawyer. There are several common types of lawyer fees and fee arrangements:

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  • ContentSetting and Communicating Attorney Fees

    Most states require that a lawyer enter into a written fee agreement with a client and require the attorney to carefully explain and ensure that the client understands the fee agreement. Even when this is not legally mandated, it is usually the best practice.

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  • ContentWhat Can I Do if I Dispute Legal Fees from My Attorney?

    Sometimes legal fees are questioned by those hiring the lawyer. For issues where the client believes they are too high or it is anticipated that this situation will arise, there are a few ways to deal with the problem.

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  • ContentHow Do I Get the Other Side to Pay My Attorney Fees if I Win a Lawsuit?

    It is one of the most common questions attorneys receive: how does one sue to get back their attorney fees in a lawsuit? Whether a family law case, a contract dispute, or a tort action, many believe they are entitled to recover their attorney fees from the other party if they win. But, is it that simple?

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  • ContentWhat Is a Retainer Fee?

    Retainer fees are down-payments on an attorney’s services. Having a retainer fee in place allows an attorney to feel confident that he or she will be paid for his or her legal services.

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  • ContentIs It Normal that I First Have to Pay My Lawyer a Retainer Fee Before I Know if I Have a Chance?

    As a matter of internal policy, a lawyer may request a retainer fee before agreeing to accept your case or complete any work on it. However, you do not have to pay such a fee if you are not comfortable with the idea.

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  • ContentWhat Is a Contingency Fee?

    A contingency is a designated amount of money that a client agrees to pay a lawyer conditioned – or contingent on – the lawyer providing a favorable outcome of the case. If the lawyer wins a lawsuit or is provided with a settlement, the lawyer receives the agreed upon fee from this award. Special rules may apply when a contingency fee agreement can be entered into and what it involves.

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