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contingency agreement

I had a contingency fee agreement with my attorney. He lost the case but sent me a bill for $1000 which was the cost of postage & scanning documents into his computer. Am I responsible to pay this even though he lost the case.

Asked on 7/11/09, 10:48 pm

5 Answers from Attorneys

Scott Linden Scott H. Linden, Esq.

Re: contingency agreement

Read your agreement with your attorney, it should provide you with the answer for this.

My assumption is...most likely you do.

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Answered on 7/13/09, 2:18 pm

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

Re: contingency agreement

Read your Retainer Agreement; probably so. It is common to have the client responsible for costs, win, lose or draw.

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Answered on 7/12/09, 4:02 pm
Bryan Whipple Bryan R. R. Whipple, Attorney at Law

Re: contingency agreement

Under state law, lawyers must submit fee disputes to arbitration if the client so desires. You may want to contact the bar association of the county in question regarding attorney-client fee arbitration procedures.

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Answered on 7/12/09, 8:57 pm
Edward Hoffman Law Offices of Edward A. Hoffman

Re: contingency agreement

That depends upon what your contract says.

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Answered on 7/11/09, 10:51 pm
Jonas Grant Law Office of Jonas M. Grant, A.P.C.

Re: contingency agreement

The client generally pays for costs and only the legal work is free in a contingency case, but this isn't always true - it depends on what the agreement between you and the attorney says (which you should have read and s/he should have made sure you understood, before the case got underway).

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Answered on 7/11/09, 10:57 pm

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