Attorney fees are often misunderstood by those who have never used an attorney. While they may seem very steep at first look, there are several different reasons for the fees that attorneys charge. Lawyers are dealing with people in distress all of the time, something that can be very taxing both physically and emotionally. It is hard enough for people to deal with their own problems; imagine taking on several other people’s problems and making them your problems at the same time. Depending on the lawyer and the area of law they practice, the fees and fee structures can vary greatly. For example a personal injury law firm may work on a contingency basis, where they receive nothing up front and don’t get paid unless you win your case. Other attorneys like those practicing criminal defense often require a retainer up front and then bill their clients hourly.
Lawyers not only assist in finding solutions to your immediate problems, they also help you avoid future problems. While an attorney fee may seem expensive for a task such as drawing up a contract, in the long run you will likely use the same contract for years and years and maybe even on a daily basis depending on your business model. It is important to consider the long term value of their work. The same can be compared to Social Security lawyers; while the fees may seem steep, they are not paid unless you are approved for disability income that will more than likely be paid out over the remainder of your life. Divorce law can be very expensive as well; it costs thousands of dollars to get married, and the same can be said when it comes to getting “un-married”. Two individuals that have combined finances, children, homes, cars, etc. cannot expect the process to be instant. All of the assets and finances need to be evaluated, and eventually split up either in court or in mediation. Divorce lawyers work tirelessly sorting through the details of the finances and of the relationship and they often spend an extensive amount of time on your case.
Attorney fees do not always mean you get what you pay for. It is important that anyone looking to hire an attorney does significant research before deciding to hire someone. Understanding the fees and fee structures as well as looking at the attorney’s track record with similar cases should all be part of the hiring process. A personal injury law firm often uses several attorneys to fight your case but all firms are different.
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