Legal Nuggets- Legal Fees
Because every case is different, it is difficult to know in advance what the fee will be. I can say with certainty that I will charge a contingency fee is injury cases.
Fee Determination Factors:
Some or all of the following factors may be taken into account when determining a fee structure and setting a fee:
- The time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly.
- The likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment.
- The fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services.
- The amount involved and the results obtained.
- Time limitations imposed by the client or by circumstances.
- Nature and length of the professional relationship with the client.
- Experience, reputation and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services.
- Type of fee structure (fixed fee, hourly rate, contingent, or other).
- Location of courthouse and type of court that will be involved.
- Source of Referral
If you are referred to me by Pre-Paid Legal, Hyatt Legal Plans, or the S. C. Bar Lawyer Referral Service, my fees must be within that organization’s guidelines.
Please feel free to discuss the types of possible fees that could be charged and what preferences you have. Payment plans can be used in some cases, but not all. Generally, I require a down payment (retainer fee) in all “set fee” and “hourly fee” cases.