You got a speeding ticket, and you need to appear in court to fight that ticket; you need an attorney for this, but how much should you pay for it?
There are attorneys that charge $1000 or more per hour, but you don’t need him to fight a $200 ticket. So what is the yardstick to measure how much to pay for a particular suit or a matter?
Read on to know what you should remember while agreeing for lawyer fees.
Various legal matters are ranging from drafting of a will to fighting an Intellectual Property Right (IPR) suit; thus, charges vary for each.
A will drafting might cost you $1000, whereas an IPR might cost millions.
A Speeding ticket might need an attorney that charges between $100-$200/hour.
Then there is the going rate in the area, meaning an unofficial rate charged by lawyers in a given area for a specific work.
Flat Fees or by hour rate?
Attorneys who deal in a particular kind of case might charge a flat rate that covers all costs covering the trial.
A good example can be uncontested divorce; attorney charges a flat rate to get the marriage annulled by the court on behalf of both the parties.
Cases like Intellectual Property might have lawyers that charge you on an hourly basis.
A contingency fee charged on damages that you receive after winning the case.
Attorneys take a percentage of the money received as their fees.
Read more about Contingency fee here
In case of contingency fees, you either pay for other costs such as the fee for case filing, case research, expert witness fees, Sheriff’s office fee, or all fees are included in the final payment that attorney receives after you win the case.
This fee is charged usually in employment cases, class action suits, etc.
Attorneys charge for their appearance in the court, case filing, case research, for hiring expert witnesses, investigation, and office overheads to cover a few expenses.
Billing by Attorney
In case of a flat rate, you receive a single bill that covers all the costs related to the case.
Ask for the bill
In case of hourly rate or contingency fees, do insist on an itemized bill to know what you are being charged for and what you are paying for.
Once you have decided on an attorney, ask around to know the fee being charged for similar cases in your local area.
This has two benefits, one you know you are not being overcharged, and second, there is a chance of you finding an expert attorney by asking around.
In case you can’t find an affordable lawyer, do not worry; our website has a directory for lawyers who can help with your case.
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