Ch3_MMLit9e.pptx - PARALEGAL SERIES Chapter Three Case Evaluation and Strategy In this chapter you will learn \u2022 How to establish the terms of the

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PARALEGAL SERIES Copyright © 2017 CCH Incorporated Chapter Three Case Evaluation and Strategy In this chapter you will learn: How to establish the terms of the attorney- client agreement How a lawyer’s fee is charged What steps to take in planning the litigation How to develop a litigation strategy What prefiling requirements should be considered
PARALEGAL SERIES Copyright © 2017 CCH Incorporated Types of Fees Contingency fee agreement : lawyer’s fee is based on a certain percentage of the recovery ultimately obtained by the client Hourly rate : any time spent on the client’s case is billed to the client, at a predetermined rate per hour
PARALEGAL SERIES Copyright © 2017 CCH Incorporated Types of Fees Fixed flat fee : lawyer receives a predetermined sum regardless of how much work is expended on the client’s behalf Retainer fee : amount the client pays to the lawyer at the beginning of the representation; fee is credited against fees and costs incurred by the client
PARALEGAL SERIES Copyright © 2017 CCH Incorporated Establishing the Terms of the Attorney-Client Agreement Once the lawyer decides to take the case, the terms of the attorney-client relationship should be formally established with a written agreement. There are three reasons for this: Any contractual relationship is best established in writing

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