Sometimes we get in legal trouble where we can handle the situation by ourselves. That may be a parking ticket or another violation that causes us to have a court appearance.
However, there are other situations when we need to hire a lawyer. If you have one by your side during your court proceedings, it can significantly benefit your case.
But one drawback can be attorney fees. Some people are reluctant to get a lawyer due to costs, hindering their chance of a successful defense.
Are you one of those reluctant individuals that don’t want to hire a lawyer but need one? Continue reading to learn more about lawyer fees.
Different Fee Agreements
Lawyers will often vary in cost because some specialize in different sectors, like criminal law or real estate. So before hiring a lawyer, it’s essential to know the type of fee agreements they use for their services.
Some lawyers will charge an hourly rate. Depending on the nature of your case and costs can vary between $50 – $1,200 an hour.
Typically you’re billed 1/10th of the hourly rate for every six minutes your attorney spends on your case. It’s also important to note that attorneys that specialize in a particular area of law may charge more.
A flat-rate fee is what the lawyer will charge you for using their services. So no matter how many hours your lawyer spends on the case, you will be charged the same rate.
A lawyer will usually offer you a flat rate fee for basic cases like divorce proceedings or contract disputes. If your issue is more complex, your lawyer would suggest an hourly fee because working hours aren’t solidified.
Contingency fees are based on a lawyer’s success in a case. If your lawyer wins the case, they take a percentage of the amount you got in the settlement.
However, the percentage is based on the stage your lawyer settled the case. So if your case is settled before trial, the rate is lower than it would be if the case endured a lengthy trial.
Other Lawsuit Expenses
As a client, you must make sure that you fully understand and agree with the attorney’s terms. Not only are you paying for their work, but other court costs, such as:
- Filing the lawsuit
- Room rental for depositions
- Paralegal work
- Travel expenses
These costs will vary depending on the level of your case and your lawyer’s experience. Remember that if you’re unable to afford one, you can get taken advantage of by the opposing party.
Don’t Get Turned Away by Attorney Fees
Yes, I know that attorney fees may seem like a lot. But, having a lawyer can give you a better chance for a successful case. Do diligent research so that you can find the best lawyer for your needs.
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