When most people need to hire a personal injury attorney, the last thing they are worried about is how much they’ll have to pay for this invaluable legal guidance. During this difficult time, it is important that plaintiffs have the opportunity to focus on healing properly, instead of worrying about how they are going to manage with the added weight of legal fees. However, most personal injury lawyers will charge for their time in one of 2 ways: on a contingency basis or at an hourly rate.
Most personal injury attorneys charge their clients on a contingency basis, which means you will only pay for their services if they are able to negotiate a monetary settlement or they are able to win a judgment on your behalf. This means that if you are not awarded any money from the party that is responsible for your injuries, then your lawyers will not collect any fees. If you do win your case, you will then be responsible for any expenses that your attorney incurred while they prepared your case. If your case is lost, many personal injury attorneys will waive their fees as well.
Contingency fees are a great way for lawyers to be able to help those in need, even when they do not currently have the budget to pay for legal fees out of pocket. For clients, this also acts as an extra layer of protection. You can enjoy peace of mind with contingency fees, in knowing that your attorney will do everything in their power to win your case so that you can both get paid what you deserve.
With hourly fees, you are responsible for paying your attorney for every hour that they work on your claim, regardless if you win or lose. Additionally, you are also responsible for reimbursing your attorneys for any expenses they incurred during the time that they worked on your claim. Hourly rates are much less common than contingency fees, so it is a good idea to ask your lawyer if they always work at an hourly rate before you agree to work with them. If they typically work on contingency, it may be a sign that your case is weak or they believe it is unlikely to result in a larger settlement.
At Fitch & Stahle Law Offices, we are proud to provide free initial consultations to potential clients. This is a great way for us to be able to work with the people that need our legal advice the most, no matter their current financial status.
Want more information on the benefits of working with an experienced personal injury attorney?For more information on how the team at Fitch & Stahle Law Offices can work for you, be sure to visit us online today and request your free initial consultation.
After you’ve been arrested and you are facing a trial, your criminal defense lawyer must mount a defense that will either reduce the charges against you, or earn an acquittal.
And while every case is different, there are some common criminal defense strategies that lawyers use to create enough reasonable doubt in a jury’s mind that you committed the crime.
Changes occur in criminal law all the time, and some of them can have a direct impact on the rights of defendants as well as on how prosecutors try cases. Let’s take a look at some of the changes in Iowa criminal law over the past year.