Most attorneys will provide you with a consultation that is either free or at a somewhat reduced rate for the purpose of determining whether or not the legal matter you have merits their involvement and to what extent they can help you. Quite frequently a phone consultation with an attorney will give you a quick answer to whether or not you need an attorney and whether it is likely that you are going to be able to find an attorney for the matter you are concerned with.
Making a few phone calls to different attorneys in that regard certainly cannot hurt. There are no set fees that attorneys charge for legal matters. Many fee arrangements may be negotiable. In the personal injury field a fairly standard fee is a one-third contingent fee. A contingent fee arrangement means the attorney does not get paid unless some money is recovered. Under the rules of most states the attorney is obliged to charge you for the costs associated with pursuing the matter whether there is a recovery or not. Costs are such things as the filing fee for the lawsuit and the cost of bringing a witness into Court.
See Brien Roche’s book Law 101 published by Sphinx Publishing for more information on this subject.
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