I find that a lot of clients who switched to meet with me from all their attorneys often tell me that their their lawyers are not available to them. For example, I hear (that their attorneys) don’t return calls, they don’t call to provide updates on their case, and they think their lawyers are mishandling their case, but I’m here to give free legal advice and I am trying to make myself accessible to anybody who needs legal advice. Let’s talk more about contingency retainer versus contingency fee.
I have two gigantic screens in front of me and one has all the information about all my clients which I cannot reveal to you, but if a client calls me, I can just look up the case– I have it at my fingertips, which I think is great. I’m also checking email that I get, instant messages (all the time) about people asking me things of all the crazy things about legal issues so I try to be as informative as I possibly can because quite honestly, I don’t think that people should be deprived of legal representation. I don’t think that people should be put at a disadvantage.
I went to law school — and paid a hell of a lot of money for it– and I want to use it so if you lose a case, do I get paid if you lose the case? Do I get paid depends upon what the retainer. If it’s a personal injury case I was assigned, all personal injury cases and discrimination cases (and medical malpractice cases) are on something known as a contingency retainer. That term simply means: if you don’t win, then you don’t pay so if you do win, then I get a percentage of what I recover for for you– so the more money for you, the more money there is going to be for me, and that puts us on the same team.
What a contingency fee does is it makes it more accessible for you: you probably can’t pay for legal representation to actually have access to a lawyer like me so I can stick up for your rights with this arrangement.
Here’s one of my friends talking more about contingency fees.
If people have questions I hope they contact us and ask me questions because I’m here and I want to hear from the public. I will tell you some things that are legal or not legal. What I’m offering it right now is a free consultation so I will answer questions for free so if you have a legal question, just ask me and I’ll answer you to the best of my ability.
If somebody’s trying to pull you down, you can always say, “I have a big bad lawyer”. Lucky for you, there’s all kinds of ways to use the law. The law is actually supposed to work in your favor– not against you.