As estate litigators, we often represent wronged heirs and abused beneficiaries in contingency fee cases. Our clients are often given the option of paying hourly, mixing an hourly payment with a reduced contingency percentage, or hiring us on a full contingency basis.
When we enter into contingency fee agreements, there are a number of factors that affect the risks that we are taking as lawyers. And that's why these agreements are a two-way street: both the client and the attorney must weigh their interests carefully to achieve a desirable balance between the cost of the case and recovery. I signed my first attorney-client contingency fee agreement in the late 1970s, and my latest one just yesterday.
At Hackard Law, we use these types of contracts for clients who need a fighting chance. We make sure they conform to the highest ethical rules and to California law. They also include a section that provides a lien for attorney fees and costs on all claims, causes of action and amounts recovered as a result of settlement, arbitration or trial.
When you enter into a contingency fee agreement, it is wise to explore all your options. Most of the time we make these specific arrangements because the client does not have the financial means to pursue a trust & estate litigation matter.
A contingency fee arrangement for estate litigation ultimately means that we as attorneys only get paid once we can achieve recovery for you. There can be plenty of hard work and tough court battles to make that happen, and that's when we roll up our sleeves and get down to work.
Many clients have thanked us for taking their case on a contingency basis - it made all the difference between doing nothing and attaining rightful recovery. If you need an estate litigation attorney who has the experience to fight for you, call us at Hackard Law today for a free consultation. You can reach us at 916-313-3030.