What is a contingency fee


A contingency fee agreement provides that the client in a legal case does not have to pay attorney’s fees (that is, the amount an attorney earns for his advice, experience, and representation) unless and until the attorney recovers some money for the client either by securing a settlement or by obtaining a favorabletrial verdict. Contingency fees are common in personal injury cases.

Contingency fee agreements are popular because they give injured people the chance to try to recover money damages for their injuries without having to pay attorney’s fees up front.  If the injured person receives money, either through a settlement or a court verdict, he pays the attorney a percentage of that money. If the injured person does not receive any money, he does not have to pay the attorney’s fees.

Contingency fees are most often used in civil cases like personal injury cases or other torts cases.  They are rarely entered into when the legal matters at hand don’t involve a court, such as the drafting of a will, because there is no “win” or “lose” involved.  Also, attorneys are generally prohibited from offering contingency agreements in criminal defense cases. A criminal defense attorney is expected to fight to protect their rights.

Please call us so we may discuss your case and the various fees associated with the case or determine if it is contingency based case.