LA Probate & Trust Litigation | Contingency Fees
- April 25, 2017 - Estate Litigation, Trust Litigation,
Los Angeles probate litigation is a tug of war between risk and reward. If you are facing an estate fight in the Los Angeles area, you hire an experienced lawyer to solve problems. You deserve to know what it might take to succeed. What are the risks? What are the rewards? Attorney’s fees are part of the risks in reaching for the rewards.
If you need to fight the unjust actions of an estate wrongdoer but don’t have the money to hire a qualified attorney, where do you turn? Beneficiaries in an LA trust dispute or will contest may already be frozen out from their rightful inheritance – this freeze-out includes barred access to the resources to assert their rights in court. Contingency fees allow wronged heirs and beneficiaries to gain a fighting chance for recovery of assets.
Contingency fees share the risks and rewards of trust and probate litigation. They align the interests of attorneys and their clients. While not all probate litigation may be appropriate for contingency fees, at Hackard Law we discuss alternative fee arrangements as a part of early attorney and client meetings.
There is no fixed percentage fee of recovery applicable to all cases. Contingency percentages may increase with hours expended or tasks accomplished. Fee arrangements will address the advancing of costs. Sometime clients advance all costs in return for a lowered contingency fee. Conversely, when attorneys advance all costs, their own risks increase – and with increased risk comes increased reward. The advancement and reimbursement of costs must be addressed in a contingency fee agreement.
Probate litigation is emotional and challenging. Contingency fees can soften the initial financial challenges that are unavoidable in estate disputes. For these arrangements to be final, they must be in writing and signed by the client and the attorney or law firm that is engaged in the litigation.
Here at Hackard Law, we have plenty of experience successfully resolving Los Angeles trust lawsuits and cases of elder financial abuse under contingency fee arrangements. Our team of attorneys regularly represents clients in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and other venues in the LA area. To see how we can help you, call us today at 213-357-5200. We look forward to speaking with you.
Attorney Michael Hackard
Michael Hackard is a top rated “AV” for over 20 years (“AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”). Avvo also ranks him with their highest rating – “ 10.0 Rating – ‘Superb.’” Michael is also a “SuperLawyer” – an honor reserved for no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. [ Attorney Bio ]
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