Monday, July 23, 2012

No Recovery - No Fee: The Contingency Fee Agreement

As an attorney I am often told by prospective clients that "I can't afford an attorney" or "hiring an attorney is too expensive."  Although in some cases this may be true, McMullin Legal Group is proud to work closely with those needing injury representation and to accept clients on a pure contingency fee basis.  Let me explain . . .

How will my lawyer be paid and what is a contingent fee agreement?
In almost all personal injury cases, McMullin Legal Group will be paid by keeping a percentage or portion of the final settlement or court award resulting from your injury.  The percentage will be discussed with you and will be subject to what is called a contingent fee agreement.  The law requires, for your protection and that of your lawyer, a written contract which specifies the fee we will charge so there will be no misunderstanding about how much your case will cost.  Our contingency fee agreement provides that you do not have to pay us for our services unless, and until, the case is settled or resolved by a court verdict in your favor.  In exchange for the fee, the agreement provides that we will work diligently on your case in exchange for the percentage or portion outlined in the agreement.

What other costs will there be in addition to the attorneys' fees?
The fee for our services is based upon the work, time, effort and expertise that we put into your case.  Our fee also encompasses certain office overhead such as secretarial time, rent, files, and other built-in costs.  However, there are also additional out-of-pocket expenses which are incurred specifically as a result of your case.  Some of these expenses including the following:

  • Fees that doctors and hospitals charge for medical bills and reports.  Such reports may cost anywhere from a few dollars for simple copies to $100 or more for reports that have to be written or prepared specifically by your doctor.
  • Photocopy charges.  Insurance companies require significant numbers of copies of medical bills, medical reports, police reports, witness statements, and lost income information.  McMullin Legal Group has to pay for these photocopies and depending on the size of the project, you may be charged a certain amount for each page of copy.
  • Reports of experts.  Reports from experts other than physicians may be required in your case and, if so, you will have to pay the costs that such experts charge for their reports.
  • Litigation costs.  If your case has to proceed to suit or litigation, there will be costs incurred as a result of the filing of such a lawsuit.
Are the attorneys' disbursements and costs also contingent and if not, do they have to be paid in advance?
While some attorneys require reimbursement for costs even if there is no recovery in your case, McMullin Legal Group does not.  If we take your case and are unsuccessful, you owe us nothing.

If you've been injured, please do not forgo legal representation merely because of the cost.  McMullin Legal Group will work with you individually to make sure that you get the representation you need at a cost you can afford.

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