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March 18, 2013

When You Need a Lawyer

Legal Fees and Expenses

The method used to charge fees is one of the things to consider in deciding if a fee is reasonable. You should understand the different charging methods before you make any hiring decision. At your first meeting, the lawyer should estimate how much the total case will cost and inform you of the method he or she will use to charge for the work. As with any bill, you should not pay without first getting an explanation for any charges you do not understand.

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What billing method do most lawyers use?

What are contingent fees?

If my lawyer and I agree to a contingent fee arrangement, shouldn't the method of settling my case affect the amount of my lawyer's fee?

Is there anything I can do to reduce my legal costs?

Can I reduce my legal costs if I get more involved in my case?

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