The overwhelming majority of cases involve hourly fees or lump-sum agreements for particular work. After initial consultation, the attorney will discuss with the client the best arrangement for the particular service to be performed. Generally, the fee is directly proportional to the amount, complexity and type of litigation involved.
Nearly all personal injury actions are contingency fee agreements. These are situations where no fee is collected unless payment is received from a 3rd party. Unless monetary damages are collected, either through an agreement with the tortfeasor or litigation, the client owes nothing to the attorney. The percentage of the agreement will depend on the particular type of action involved and the written agreement between attorney and client.