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fees and costs

confidential, free consultation

New clients often say, “I never thought I would need a lawyer.” Now you need time to explain what happened to your attorney and to understand what your options are. You need time to be heard. At our first meeting, we listen to you, and we explain the law clearly. Due to recent changes in Michigan law, many victims are being denied access to the courts. We will explain your legal rights so you understand them and analyze your chances of success. There is no charge for this meeting and advice.

contingency fees for clients

A contingency fee agreement means we do not charge you a legal fee unless you receive a financial settlement or verdict. In other words, we do not get a fee unless you receive compensation for your claim. The amount of the contingency fee is normally governed by the ethics rules governing attorneys. Commonly, the fee is 1/3, after costs of the case are deducted. (We may offer hourly rates by agreement).

referral fees for attorneys

Under Michigan’s Rules of Professional Conduct, we pay referral fees to attorneys who refer cases to us. We are happy to provide referring attorneys references on request.

costs of litigation

When you are seriously injured, you may not be able to pay costs in advance. We have the resources to advance the money needed to cover the costs for investigating and evaluating your case. The usual expenses on a case include the costs of obtaining medical records, sworn statements from witnesses and doctors, investigation, and experts, if appropriate. We pay these costs up front.