If a lawyer looses a case do they still get paid?

Also, if they win, how much do they get paid??

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It's all going to depend on the agreement with the attorney. Some attorneys will take a plaintiff's case on a contingency basis and you will sign a fee agreement. Generally, the fee agreement will delineate what the attorney will get if the plaintiff recovers (example: 35%). Some break it down by the point when the plaintiff recovers (before suit is filed 10%, after suit is filed but before trial 25%, after trial 35% etc - generally going to be measured on the amount of work). These are generally the "you don't pay if you don't win" arrangements, but the client is usually still responsible for expenses. They don't advertise that, but it has to be in the fee agreement. Some plaintiff attorneys are paid hourly. Civil defense attorneys are typically paid by the hour, win or lose (since they typically won't be recovering anything unless there is a cross complaint). Criminal defense lawyers are generally paid by the hour since (in many jurisdictions if not all) criminal defense attorneys cannot have contingency arrangements with their clients. Public defenders will generally be paid whatever the court deems appropriate (a lawyer will submit their fees to the court and the judge can either approve or alter the amount).
it depends on the lawyer. some lawyers say if you don't win, we don't get paid. but some charge, for their time and expenses. and if they win i think it's like 10% of whatever you win if you win a monetary reward. otherwise it can vary. some lawyers are nice enough to do it pro bono :-) (very very very very very few)
I think so, but maybe not as much..
Depends on the type of case and the agreement the lawyer had with the client. In criminal cases, prosecution lawyers are paid a salary by the government. Defense attorneys (except public defenders) usually get paid by the hour, regardless of verdict. Civil suits are a bit different. Generally the defense is paid by the hour, the plaintiff's lawyers might be paid hourly or may take the case with the understanding that they get a percentage of any monetary award in the case. In that situation, if they lose, they generally get nothing.
Watch any lawyer. The ones that say you don't pay if they lose, do charge you for their expenses which can be very expensive. I have never heard of a lawyer that charged you zero dollars for their effort.

There are two exceptions. Many bar associations have volunteer lawyers that help those with low incomes and of course public defenders do not charge.
depends on what they're doing. if they take a case and tell you in advance that they only get paid with a settlement, then no. all other times they are paid.
Not if their fee arrangement with their client is on a contingency basis. In that case, the lawyers gets a fee only if he wins and he takes a gamble by taking on the case. Watch "Erin Brokovich" because this is a good example of a contingency fee arrangment.

Otherwise, a lawyer usually charges a retainer for taking on the case and either bills hourly (time billing) or a fixed fee arrangement (one time fee for everthing) but in a fixed fee arrangement, the scope of work will be limited and if additional work needs to be done, you will have to renegotiate for additional fees, whether or not the case wins or loses. You are paying for legal services and not the outcome of the case.
Yes, you aren't paying the lawyer to necessairly win, you are really paying him to represent you.The retainer fee must be paid no matter what
Attorney's fees are subject to negotiation. In some cases, lawyers take cases on a contigent fee whereby the agree to only be paid with a percentage of the recovery. This very common in personal injury and debt collection lawsuits.

Many lawyers handle lawsuits on an hourly basis, so the client just pays on a monthly basis. Some cases can be handled for a flat fee regardless of the outcome.


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