The first question most people have is whether they can afford an attorney. Attorneys are paid in three basic ways.
- Contingency Cases: In these cases, we pay all the “costs” after we take you on as our client, such as the cost of obtaining medical records, depositions, and experts. If we recover money on your behalf, then we are reimbursed for the costs and we keep a percentage of the recovery. If we do not recover anything, then we receive nothing. We do NOT bill by the hour on these cases and, if nothing is recovered, then you owe us nothing.
- Hourly Cases: We keep track of the time spent on your case and send you a bill that details what we’ve done and what costs we’ve incurred. In these cases, we also require you to provide either a cash “retainer,” or a “deposit.”
- Statutory Fees: We are paid according to a statutory fee schedule, such as in probate matters. The fee is generally based on the value of the matter handled. We are also reimbursed our costs.