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Fees and Policies
Abraham Lincoln was noted to say, “A lawyer’s time and advice is his stock and trade.” Lawyers are not insulated from the economic troubles facing our country today. Unfortunately, effective legal representation is expensive. When you are faced with a serious legal problem, you need a competent and experienced lawyer. Your future can often depend on the effectiveness of the lawyer you hire now. When selecting a lawyer, make sure that he or she has the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to protect your interests. Don’t hire a lawyer based on the fee. You usually get what you pay for. At the Law & Mediation Offices of Kirk Seaman, LLC, our fees are fair and reasonable. We pledge to provide our clients with competent, courteous, and aggressive legal representation at a fair price.
There are generally three (3) kinds of fees that lawyers charge. The kind of fee depends on the type of case. Those fees are:
- Contingent fees
- Hourly rate fees
- Flat fees
A contingent fee, as its name implies, is contingent or dependent upon some future event occurring. Contingent fees are typically charged in personal injury cases such as automobile accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall, and workers’ compensation claims. The lawyer’s fee is contingent upon the client receiving a settlement. If the client does not receive a settlement, the lawyer does not receive a fee. This arrangement is referred to as a “no-recovery, no-fee” basis. Typically, lawyers charge one-third of the gross recovery if the case is settled out of court and 40% once the suit is filed. At the Law & Mediation Offices of Kirk Seaman, LLC, we generally follow these established rules but frequently charge less than one-third for larger cases and for returning clients. Workers’ compensation cases (i.e., job-related injuries) are contingent fee cases as well, but the fees are established under Maryland law and must be approved by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. Fees in workers’ compensation cases are usually less than the fees in other kinds of accident cases.
File expenses are handled differently among law firms. Generally, we ask our clients to pay the costs associated with retrieving medical records, but these costs are typically not very expensive. Court costs and expert fees, however, vary from case to case. We have discovered that medical offices and hospitals often charge lawyers more money for records than they charge the patients. Usually, the client saves money in the long run by paying for their own medical records. Any money that we advance on behalf of the client is reimbursed to us when the case is concluded, regardless of the outcome. Of course, if our client can’t afford to advance the expenses, we will consider doing so on a case-by-case basis.
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