You and your lawyer should agree on what you will pay and which services will be provided. By law, fee agreements with your lawyer must be in writing when the lawyer anticipates fees and costs for your case to total $1,000 or more. Here are key things to know about fees and billing:
Attorneys use different types of fee arrangements. These are the most common types of fee arrangements used by attorneys:
Additional costs you may have to pay
Your lawyer may charge you for other costs as well. Make sure you understand all of the costs for which you will be responsible. Ask the lawyer if you will have to pay such costs directly or if you will be reimbursing the lawyer for such costs paid on your behalf.
If you cannot afford to pay your lawyer’s bill, try to work out a payment plan or another arrangement with the lawyer. If you cannot reach an agreement on how to handle the problem, the lawyer may be entitled to stop working on your case or even withdraw as your attorney. You may ask if the work can be temporarily postponed to reduce your bill.
If you believe your attorney’s bill contains errors or unauthorized charges, contact the attorney immediately and try to resolve the problem.