Business, Legal & Accounting Glossary
The amount billed to a client for legal services performed on his or her behalf. Attorney’s fees may be an hourly, flat (for a particular service, e.g. $10,000 to handle all aspects of a DUI case), or contingent fee (a percentage of client’s recovery, e.g. 33%). Attorney’s fees may be set by an attorney-client compensation agreement or in certain types of cases, by statute or a court.
n. the payment for legal services.
It can take several forms
It is wise (and often mandatory) for the attorney and the client to have a signed contract for any extensive legal work, particularly in contingent fee cases. Most attorneys keep records of time spent on cases to justify fees (and keep track of when actions were taken), even when the work is not on an hourly basis. A “retainer” is a down payment on fees, often required by the attorney in order to make sure he or she is not left holding the bag for work performed, or at least as a good faith indication that the client is serious and can afford the services. On the other hand, contingent fees require limits (often one-third) to protect the unwary client. Attorney fee disputes can be decided by arbitration, often operated by the local bar association.
Attorney’s fees are not awarded to the winning party in a lawsuit except where there is a provision in a contract for the fees or there is a statute that provides for an award of fees in the particular type of case.
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