You have probably seen attorneys promoting that their services are “free unless we win.” However, what they don’t tell you is that’s generally the rule in Florida, not the exception.
Florida personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means the law firm covers all of the costs associated with your case (often thousands of dollars), and devotes countless hours of time on your file.
If we don’t win, we don’t get paid, but more importantly, we will never send you a bill. We take the risk with you.
When you hire us, you don’t pay anything up front. It’s not until the case is settled or a verdict entered, that we get compensated for our time and expenses. If not, you owe us nothing.
We know it can sound like a gimmick depending on how it is promoted, but it’s just a fact. That’s not to say that, as attorneys, we shouldn’t promote it. We think it’s important to let people know they don’t have to pay unless we win. It’s also important to know that’s true no matter which Florida attorney you choose.
With the Kagan Law Firm, not only is it free unless we win, but you also get your attorney’s personal cell phone number. That same attorney will handle your case from the beginning to end. We are proud to say that you won’t get that type of service at many other law firms.
Free unless we win
Free unless we win isn’t applicable in all areas of the law; it depends on the case. In certain types of lawsuits such as personal injury and debt collection cases, the attorneys accept a percentage of the money the client recovers as the fee for services. It’s called a contingency fee because the law firm getting paid is “contingent” on them winning your case.
In other types of legal cases or other legal services, attorneys may charge a flat or fixed fee or an hourly rate. Except for family law and criminal law cases, any representation in Florida may be paid on a contingency fee basis.
The percentage the attorneys can take are limited but vary depending on the amount of recovery and complexity of the case. The Florida Bar provides details about the fee structure on their website. If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, it’s good to know how much attorneys can charge.
Regardless of the type of case or the attorney you choose, you should know how you will be charged before you decide to hire an attorney. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to get second opinions. Make sure you understand the entire process as well as payment.
At the Kagan Law Firm, we make sure our clients not only understand the process for their case but also the fee structure and potential value.