Sample Personal Injury Lawyer Retainer
We do not accept hourly payment for our services in personal injury cases (which is the only type of case our law firm handles). All of our clients are on a contingency fee retainer. Our clients are not charged an hourly or set fee for our services. Instead, we charge 33% of all cases that we settle before filing a lawsuit and 40% of any money we recover for the client after a lawsuit is filed. If you lose your case, our law firm receives no fee and you do not have to pay any court costs and other expenses incurred in your case.
Our fee agreement used to be quite long. Over the years, we have narrowed it down to a few paragraphs to make it is sample as possible. It reads:
I, Sally Smith, retain and employ Miller & Zois, LLC (M&Z) as my counsel to represent me in my claim against any individual, company or entity for bodily injuries sustained arising out of an incident which occurred on 10/7/2013.
My Attorneys will receive as their fee thirty-three and one-third percent (33-1/3%) of the gross amount received in a pre-trial settlement. In the event that suit is filed, or my case goes to binding arbitration, Miller & Zois will receive as their fee forty percent (40%) of the gross amount received.
M&Z will advance all reasonable expenses associated with my case. Expenses include the collection of medical records, deposition related costs, investigative fees, filing fees, expert witness fees (which is almost always the largest), court reporter and videographer fees, travel expenses and any other expenses MZ deems necessary for the proper handling of my case. These costs are reimbursed to M&Z out of any financial recovery M&Z obtains on my behalf but only if there is a settlement or judgment.
M&Z may assist me in processing my personal injury protection claim, but it does not represent me in this claim and will not take any fee for the help it does provide. M&Z has my power of attorney to complete and sign any application or paper work necessary to process my personal injury protection claim on my behalf. M&Z does not represent me for any property loss claim.
If there is no recovery on my behalf, M&Z does not receive a fee and M&Z will be responsible for any and all costs or expenses incurred.
Sally Smith | Date
Miller & Zois, LLC | Date
We handle tort cases throughout Maryland. We also take extremely serious cases outside of Maryland. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by the negligence of a person or company, call us at 800-553-8082 or get a free Internet consultation.More Information on Your Claim