When it comes to criminal law, no one likes to think of an attorney defending the accused on the basis of getting paid a lot. Even though we know an attorney is obligated to defend a client whether that person i is innocent or not, in criminal law it is important that the attorney remains motivated either by the private funding of his client or the people’s funds as a public defender. This is to protect the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
When it comes to civil law, it is a different story. After all, civil law is (or should be) just that. It is civil. Two people disagree, and attorneys can help with the very useful function of acting as a voice to best represent their client’s opinion or account of the facts.
It, therefore, makes sense that the state of Florida allows for contingency fee agreements. In these agreements, attorneys can be paid a percentage of the money their clients are rewarded if the client’s case is successful. In the same way, criminal law prevents contingency fee representation to protect the innocent, civil lawyers protect victims by offering to be paid only if they win their client’s case. This allows for people who would otherwise fear to go to an attorney because of the cost to utilize the legal system within their American rights.
There are several reasons to consider a contingency fee agreement if you feel victimized by a personal injury or other civil claims:
- You don’t have to fear the big corporates. With a contingency agreement, anyone can take on powerful organizations.
- You minimize risk. Compared to calling an attorney ready to bill you by the hour, you get the opportunity to make your case with little or no cost.
- Your attorney is as motivated as you are; they only get paid if you do.
Here is What You Need to Know About Contingency Fee Agreements
While there are plenty of attorneys in the state of Florida willing to work under contingency fee agreements, you still need to make sure that the attorney you find is a good fit. Here are just a few questions you can ask when undertaking a free consultation. And, do not hesitate to ask questions. Attorneys went to law school and practiced in their field for the very purpose of anticipating your needs. No question is too simple or unimportant.
- Ask to see evidence of their past contingency fee wins.
- Just as you would in a traditional fee agreement, come prepared for a consultation meeting with any photographs, documentation, and written notes that you feel are helpful to your case.
— Remember the other party would prefer not to have to pay you any money, so speak candidly to an attorney who can translate your position to both biased and unbiased parties.
- Make sure the lawyer has experience in the area of law that best meets your needs if you were injured in a car accident, for example, make sure the attorney has ample personal injury law experience.
- Be wary of any fees early on.
How Contingency Lawyers Get Paid
Most personal injury lawyers charge 33 1/3 percent if the case settles without filing a lawsuit and 40% if a lawsuit is filed. Most employment lawyers charge a 40% fee. The fund comes directly out of your settlement when it is received. It is appropriate to ask any attorney who practices civil law if they will operate under a contingency agreement.
According to the Florida Supreme Court, a defendant has 20 days to answer a claim. If the defendant answers and the case goes to trial, the contingency fee lawyer can stand to make a slightly higher percentage. In all cases, however, it is a percentage of a successful suit. That means you win, too.
Securing a Contingency Fee Attorney in Miami
Standing up for yourself isn’t always fun, but we have to do it. When you add the risk of legal fees on top of the stress, it can become overwhelming. Thankfully, you have the option of forming a contingency fee agreement.
At the DRG Law Firm, we go above and beyond for our clients. We review all of our cases carefully to help our clients sue for any losses they may have sustained. You deserve compensation and peace of mind! Contact us today at 888-413-8353 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our expert personal injury attorney.