Affordable Lawyers Near You
Our firm is dedicated to offering affordable legal representation to consumers and small businesses in our community. Our lawyers will work hard to try to help you through your difficult legal problems. We will try to accommodate your particular financial circumstance. We believe that everyone should be able to find affordable lawyers, and even if we are unable to help you we will refer you to another attorney or organization that may be able to help you obtain legal representation.
The type of legal problem you have can greatly influence anyone’s ability to find affordable lawyers. Our firm tries to be flexible. Depending on the type of case and your financial situation our firm may be able to offer you: full contingency fee arrangements where you don’t pay anything unless we recover for you; partial contingency where you pay a flat monthly fee regardless of our hourly work; or standard hourly retainers where we will you based on the time we spend working on your case.
Affordable Retainer Structures
Our retainers are typically structured in one of three different ways: Full Contingency, Partial Contingency, Traditional Hourly Retainer.
Full Contingency Retainer Agreements
These types of retainer agreements are typically available to clients seeking representation for personal injury, products liability, and certain types of consumer protection litigation. Under this type of agreement our firm will pay for the costs of litigation as they accrue and our clients will only be responsible to reimburse the costs and to pay our attorneys fees if and when we are able to recover for them in their action.
Our firm typically represents our personal injury clients on a full contingency basis, where the attorneys’ fees represents a certain percentage of the recovery we are obtain for our client.
Some consumer protection statutes allow the prevailing party in a litigation (the party that wins) to collect their reasonable attorneys’ fees from the party that loses. This provides incentives for lawyers to represent a client who may not be able to afford their representation. Some examples of statutes that allow consumers to collect their attorneys’ fees if they prevail are the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act and Florida Unfair Trade and Deceptive Practices Act.
Additionally, under Florida law if a contract contains a provision allowing attorney’s fees to a party when he or she is required to take any action to enforce the contract, the court may also allow reasonable attorney’s fees to the other party when that party prevails in any action, whether as plaintiff or defendant, with respect to the contract. This includes mortgages and promissory notes. Thus, a homeowner may be able to collect their reasonable attorneys fees from the bank if their foreclosure case gets dismissed.
Like many laws, there are always exceptions, so it is important that you speak with a lawyer to find out exactly what your rights are. Contact Light & Gonzalez, PLLC today to speak with a South Florida Lawyer conveniently available for consultation in Plantation, Florida.
While we try to offer full contingency retainer agreements to clients that request them, unfortunately due to the inherent risks and unpredictability of litigation we are not always able to offer cases on a full contingency basis. In circumstances where we cannot represent you on a full contingency basis, we will try to structure our fees in a basis you can afford.
Partial Contingency Fee Retainer Agreements
Where the likelihood of recovering compensation for your loss is lower or if it is less likely we will recover prevailing party attorneys fees, the risk our firm has in representing you in your matter is much greater. However, if you are unable to pay our reasonable hourly rate for representing you sometimes we will offer partial contingency retainer agreements which tend to be more affordable. Under these fee agreements, the client typically pays a flat fee, non-refundable monthly retainer, and our firm will only recover our reasonable hourly rate if we prevail in the underlying action.
This arrangement generally makes your legal expense predictable. Regardless of the number of hours our lawyers work on your case each month, you know what you are responsible for paying next month. Partial contingency is popular with our foreclosure defense clients.
Traditional Retainer Agreements
The “traditional” way that clients hire a lawyer is on an hourly basis. Under this arrangement the client will pay a set amount into the law firms trust account representing the anticipated costs of handling the particular legal matter the firm is being hired for. As the firm incurs costs or does work on the case, the firm will bill their agreed upon hourly rate to the trust account. If the trust account is depleted the firm will ask the client to deposit more money into the account. If the firms representation ends and there is money left over in the trust account it is returned to the client.
Traditional Retainer Agreements may ultimately end up being the least expensive way to obtain legal representation in your matter, but the downside is that the risk of not recovering in the lawsuit is squarely on the client. Our firm will do our best to accommodate your particular financial situation. We know it can be difficult to find affordable lawyers that you trust. So if you cannot afford our reasonable hourly rate, we may still be able to offer you affordable representation billed hourly, on a partial contingency basis. [FBW]
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With Affordable Lawyers Near You
At your initial consultation we will go over any type of fee arrangement you are interested in, and we will carefully discuss the pros and cons of each. Our firm will make it a priority to find you affordable lawyers, even if it turns out our firm cannot represent you. Schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys today to find out more.
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