My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
Were you injured and looking to sue for damages? If so, you need to know about how the legal costs and legal fees are handled. They are two terms that are easy to get mixed up, but they're quite different from each other. Here is what you should know about these two expenses.
Fees vs. Costs
The main difference between fees and costs is the person that actually gets the money in the end. When your lawyer tells you what their legal fee is, it's the cost that the lawyer charges you for their time to assist you with your injury lawsuit. The costs associated with your case are expenses that are paid out to other people that assist with the lawsuit.
Your lawyer may offer to accept a lower fee for helping you, but the associated costs cannot typically be negotiated. For instance, your lawyer might have costs that cover their travel to the courthouse that pays for their vehicle use, gas, and parking. If copies of documents need to be requested and have an associated fee, those costs would be passed on to you. The court will also have costs, for services like courtroom reporting, which also need to be paid.
There may be state laws in place that place a limit how much much a lawyer can collect in legal fees for personal injury cases. One thing to keep in mind is that there are no limits on the associated costs that must be paid in association with the case.
For example, you end up receiving a $50,000 settlement. State limitations set the lawyer fees so that they are no higher than 40%, leaving you with $30,000. Of that remaining settlement, you need to pay the legal costs associated with the case, and the remaining money that is left is yours to keep.
It is very common for legal fees in injury cases to only be paid when you win a case, which means you do not owe the lawyer the fees if they do not help you win the lawsuit. However, you will still be responsible for paying legal costs associated with the case.
Some lawyers will require that you pay the costs as the case progresses, which means you must have the cash on hand to pay the costs or they will stop working on the case. Other lawyers will pay for the fees out of their pocket and bill you later. If you receive a settlement, the costs are taken directly out of your settlement.
For more information, contact a company like bob fain law.