The structure of our legal fees is determined individually on each case.
Most cases operate on a contingency fee arrangement where our fees are calculated from a percentage of the amount(s) recovered on behlf of our clients. Our standard contingency fee agreement provides for a lower percentage if the case is resolved prior to litigtion, a middle percentage if the case is resolved after litigtion is initiated but prior to a specified deadline approaching final trial, and a higher percentage if the case is resolved after that same deadline.
Other cases operate on a hybrid fee arrangement where the client pays a certain amount into trust on their case upfront, which is billed against in real time (usually for filing fees and similar case costs) and then reconciled on invoices as appropriate.
It is very rare for fees in any of our cases to be calculated under a traditional hourly billing rate arrangement.
Without exception, the structure of our legal fees is clearly stated and explained in the Legal Services Agreement each client signs with our office prior to work beginning on a case.