Wrongful Death Attorney Fees
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The death of a loved one is always a tragedy, especially if the death was a result of another party’s negligence or misconduct.
Though no amount of compensation can bring back your loved one, we at Zinda Law Group wish to help you recover damages in the event of a wrongful death.
At Zinda, we charge you nothing for a consultation. We want to understand your case and allow everybody to gain access to excellent legal representation without the worry of attorney fees. Initial consultations can be done over the phone or, if you wish, you can schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.
No Win No Fee Lawyers
The majority of wrongful death lawsuits are handled on a no win no fee basis. Zinda Law Group is no different. This means that if you decide to file a claim using our services, you will not have to pay a dime if we are unable to bring you a favorable result. This removes the risk of filing a wrongful death lawsuit as you won’t get stuck with legal fees if it doesn’t work out in your favor.
Therefore, only if we win your case will you be responsible for any legal fees. It may also be possible for your attorney to negotiate for the other side to pay your legal fees also, which would leave you in a position of paying no legal fees if we win your case.
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee agreement is the same as a no win no fee agreement. There are several types of payment arrangements that law firms use. Some lawyers will choose to charge their clients on an hourly basis. For example, if a lawyer researches your case for three hours, he or she will charge you for those three hours of research. However, depending on the kind of work the attorney did on your case, the hourly rate may vary. For instance, an hour of research may have a lower hourly rate than retaining and interviewing key witnesses. The second type of payment arrangements that some lawyers will use is a fixed payment plan. A client under this arrangement will pay a set amount of money no matter how many hours the attorney works and no matter whether the outcome is favorable or unfavorable. This arrangement tends to be the cheapest and is used for basic legal transactions.
At Zinda, we use a third type of payment arrangement: the contingency fee agreement. A contingency fee means that your attorney will receive payment only if he or she wins your case. If you agree upon a contingency fee arrangement, you will generally agree to pay a certain percentage of your expected compensation.
Speaking with your attorney will help you understand your claim better and how much the contingency fee would be.
What expenses and costs are incurred during the case?
There are many expenses and costs that a law firm incurs while undertaking a case. Below are a couple of major expenses in a wrongful death case:
- Court and filing fees
- Expert Witnesses – In a wrongful death case, expert witnesses can be the key to winning or losing a case. Hiring an expert witness, such as a physician can be expensive. The costs can extend up to a thousand dollars for an expert witness to prepare a statement and testify in court.
- Obtaining Evidence
- Discovery Costs – It is said that half to two-thirds of litigation costs stem from the discovery process. Discovery is a simply pre-trial procedure that lawyers undertake to obtain evidence from parties or non-parties related to the case. For instance, depositions are done under the discovery process.
How is the fee charged?
Once a case is settled, the lawyer for the winning side will generally receive the settlement check. Once the lawyer receives the settlement check, he or she will contact the client as soon as possible. The lawyer will then discuss with the client the amount of money that the client will receive and the amount of money the lawyer will receive. If the client has a valid dispute with the lawyer about the money the lawyer seeks to receive, the lawyer should place the disputed money into the client’s trust account until the situation resolves. The undisputed monies should, however, be transferred to their respective owners.
What is the average percentage charged in a wrongful death case?
The average percentage charged in a wrongful death case varies depending on the complexity of your case. If your case is complicated and takes quite a bit of time to resolve, fees would possibly be higher as the lawyer had to spend a lot longer working on it. If your case is likely to resolve quickly and out of court, then the legal fees associated would tend to be lower.
GET HELP FROM EXPERIENCED WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS
At Zinda Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys have helped many families receive the justice and the compensation they deserved after suffering the loss of a loved one. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to help you through this difficult time, and as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case.
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