Personal Injury Lawyer
Nobody plans to get injured in an accident, so not many budgets will have an “unplanned injury” column. For this reason, it could be difficult to find the funds to pay an attorney when you need legal assistance after personal injury. If you’re worried about paying attorney fees for your personal injury case, consider the following.
Many Work on a Contingency Fee Basis
Many lawyers who deal with personal injury work on a contingency fee basis. They realize you probably don’t have the funds up front, and if they feel you will win the case, they will represent you without an upfront payment. The payment will eventually come out of your settlement after you have won the case. If you don’t win the case, the lawyer receives no payment.
You May Be Able to Do a Payment Plan
Some lawyers will work with their clients on a payment plan. If they do charge an hourly fee instead of a contingency fee, they may be willing to set up smaller monthly payments so you can afford their services. These types of payment plans often come with late fees or high interest rates, so be sure you speak with the lawyer about all the details before committing to anything.
There Could Be Additional Fees
Even if the lawyer does work on a contingency fee basis, you may be responsible for other fees that arise. For example, some lawyers ask their clients to pay clerical fees and filing fees. Others may ask their clients to pay for investigations or expert witnesses during the course of the case. Instead of it coming out of the settlement in the end, you would have to pay these as they came up.
You Could Get a Loan
There are lenders out there who deal specifically with legal services loans. Interest rates are often quite high with these loans, so you should be sure you understand all the details before signing anything. If your credit score is good, you may have a higher chance of qualifying for such a loan, but you may want to try even if your score is low.
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