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Contingency Fee

Contingency fees are the most common form of payment arrangement for plaintiffs seeking representation in personal injury matters. Attorneys who accept your case on a contingency fee arrangement agree not to bill you on an hourly basis.  Instead, they accept a percentage of the settlement or trial award, usually one-third if settlement occurs before trial.  If a matter is taken on a contingency fee arrangement, then if you do not recover any monies, our firm is entitled to nothing for its time working on your case. Contingent fees give injured people, no matter what their financial means, an even break in the courtroom against giant corporations and insurance companies. Were it not for the contingent fee, people of limited means would not be able to have their day in court - a constitutional right which corporations and insurance companies continue to fight hard to avoid, reduce, or eliminate from our American justice system.

The "contingent" aspect of the fee means that if there is no recovery, there is no attorney fee owed. There are a number of advantages to this type of fee arrangement, the most obvious of which is the absence of a risk of owing attorney's fees when there has been no recovery.  It also means that our incentive to be successful is very similar to our clients.

The percentage of the award charged on a contingency fee basis depends upon the type of case. Our attorneys advise our clients up front of all applicable fees and openly address any questions our clients may have. Although one case may demand a higher percentage fee than another, all contingency fees are paid only when there is a succesful settlement or jury verdict with monetary damages in our client's favor. 

Payment of Costs
As we manage your case, the Upstate Law Group, LLC will need to expend funds on your behalf in order to position the case for settlement and/or trial. Expenses run from fees to copy medical records, fees to file a lawsuit, transcript fees, court reporter fees, expert witness fees, and many others. While our clients are ultimatley responsible for these costs, we work with our clients to find a way to make litigating these matters affordable as well s beneficial. 

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential or time-sensitive information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.