Lawyers generally have three ways of charging for their services, but it can get a little complicated. Read on.
First, a lawyer will frequently bill at an hourly rate for the time she works. Under this model you will only be charged for the time put into your case. Under this fee-structure, as well as the others, you will be charged for incidental costs like court costs, expert witnesses, and any travel costs.
Second, depending on the nature of your case, a lawyer may base their fee on how much you recover. This is called a “contingency fee” and is often used when the case is complicated, and the size of your recovery hinges on a lawyer’s skill. For instance, this is a frequent billing method in a civil rights case.
Third, you could be billed a flat fee, at the outset of your case. This final method is much rarer, and usually only for very simple cases like a standard ticket or an uncontested divorce, with no children or property.