Should I Get The Fee Agreement In Writing?

Yes you should, because it is important for you and your lawyer to agree about what you will pay the lawyer, as well as what services are and are not covered under the agreement. This way, both of you will know what to expect from each other as you work together on your case.

By law, contingency fees, and non-contingency fees anticipated to be $1,000 or more must be in writing. But, it's best to get any fee arrangement in writing no matter the amount because it provides a written record of the services you and the lawyer agreed he or she will provide and on what will and will not be covered under the agreement. Try to avoid making oral agreements, but if you do make one with your lawyer, make a written note of it.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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