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What Is a Contingency Fee & What Does It Mean for My Case?

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If you find yourself in need of legal representation, you may be concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney. Fortunately, there is a way to hire a great lawyer without worrying about upfront legal fees and initial out-of-pocket costs: the contingency fee.

A contingency fee is a payment arrangement between a lawyer and their client where the lawyer agrees to take a percentage of the client's recovery as payment. This means that the client does not have to pay anything upfront for the lawyer's services, because the legal fees are contingent upon a successful outcome.

Contingency fees are commonly used in personal injury cases, where the client has been injured due to someone else's negligence. In these cases, the lawyer will typically take a predetermined percentage of the client's settlement or court award.

Contingency fees can be a great option for people who cannot afford to pay for legal representation upfront. Additionally, it creates a partnership or an incentive to get the best result, as you are both in it together.  

So, how can you hire a great lawyer who works on a contingency fee? Here are some tips:

  1. Do your research. Look for law firms in your area that have experience with the type of case you have. If you were in a car accident, you'll want to make sure this lawyer actually handles car accident cases. Read reviews and ask for referrals from friends or family members who have been in a similar situation.

  2. Meet with the lawyer. Many personal injury law firms offer free consultations, so take advantage of this opportunity to meet with a potential lawyer and discuss your case. During this meeting, ask about their experience and success rate in similar cases.

  3. Ask about their communication policy. You want to hire a lawyer who will keep you informed throughout the process and answer any questions you may have.

At Bliven Law Firm, we understand that legal issues can be stressful and overwhelming. For over 35 years, our attorneys have worked hard to get good people the compensation they deserve. We handle all personal injury matters on a contingency fee basis, which means we collect no legal fees unless we win a verdict or negotiate a settlement on a client's behalf.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you. Located in Kalispell, we serve clients in Montana and Oregon. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation to clients throughout these states.

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