You might want to arrange for a ceiling or limit on fees.You might also require your lawyer to get your approval before proceeding beyond a certain amount in legal costs.But consider that cheaper isn't necessarily better.
If you decide to drop a case that your lawyer has worked on before the retainer has been exhausted, you might forfeit the remainder.
Contingency Fee In certain types of cases, attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.
(Learn more about Attorney Responsibility for Client Funds.
Most retainers are non-refundable unless labeled "unreasonable" by a court.
Be prepared to talk about who will foot the bill (at the outset and upon resolution of the case) for court costs, filing fees, secretarial time, and delivery charges. Carefully discuss with your lawyer any anticipated miscellaneous costs so that you can estimate them up front and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Be prepared to talk about who will foot the bill (at the outset and upon resolution of the case) for court costs, filing fees, secretarial time, and delivery charges. In addition, find out about cost of paralegals and other support staff.
Legal issues can vary widely in terms of significance and severity, but legal services aren't cheap.
So right up front, you should think about how much you're comfortable spending in order to resolve your issue.
This is an important practical consideration in any kind of civil case.
Of course you'd like to have your car repaired properly, or to have that construction defect remedied, but are you willing to spend what it takes to get a court to rule in your favor? When you're shopping around for legal services, always ask the attorney to fully explain their fees and billing practices. A lawyer's willingness to discuss fees is an important indicator of client service.