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Negotiating to Reduce lawyers Fees


If you’d like to convince your lawyer to take a smaller percentage of the victory, you should know that that there’s little risk in asking. Paying your lawyer less will not result in lower quality legal representation. The lawyer owes the same duties to you as he or she owes to a higher-paying client. However, a car accident lawyer who sets a fee structure may not be willing to reduce his or her fee structure and, if that is the case, you’ll have to either pay or go elsewhere.

In any case, it is best to make your concerns regarding attorney’s fees clear before beginning any attorney-client relationship, and make sure you know what will be charged whether you win or lose, and whether the case goes to trial or is settled out of court. And get it in writing!

What Will High Fees Really Get You?
If your car accident lawyer tells you that her fee is 40 percent, you can ask her if there is any room for flexibility. If she says no, there may be no further negotiation options available to you. You should, however, think about the important things that your car accident lawyer does that are worth paying for. For example:

A good accident lawyer will investigate and research your case, file all the papers on time, attend court hearings, file and argue motions, take and defend depositions, write interrogatories and communicate with you about the case.
The attorney should take the case to trial if warranted or else negotiate a reasonable settlement, regardless of the fee.
An experienced attorney negotiates ably and creatively to win you the largest settlement possible.
All of this may be worth a higher percentage fee in the long run. An experienced and more expensive accident lawyer may be a form of “building the fee into the cost,” meaning he or she will cost more but also win more in return.

As with any other professional service, some attorneys are simply more expensive than others. The fee charged can also vary depending on things such as the complexity of the case, the time commitment required, seriousness of the injury, and even the location where you live. In larger metropolitan areas, for example, where cost of living is higher in general, attorney fees tend to run toward the higher end of the scale.