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Why do lawyers charge a fee?


A: Good question. Lawyers must run a business. They have overhead, salaries, insurance expenses, litigation expenses just like anybody else. It's rare that you will find an attorney that does not charge a fee for his or her services. In malpractice and injury cases, the lawyer's fee is contingent upon winning and obtaining money for you. If you get nothing, your lawyer gets no fee. There's a real incentive for him (or her) to work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. The lawyer who believes you have a valid case will lay out a great deal of money to prosecute your case, with the expectation that he will recoup that money once your case is settled or taken to verdict. It is unrealistic to expect that a lawyer will spend thousands of hours of his time and money to prosecute a case on a client's behalf without receiving a fee. Having said that, keep in mind that there are instances where a lawyer will take on a case 'pro bono'. This means that he and his firm will pay all expenses on the case regardless of the outcome, and have chosen not to accept a fee.