At Henry & Williams, P.C. our fee policy is quite simple – NO
RECOVERY, NO FEE ON EVERY CASE. Our Attorney Client Contract plainly states
in writing that, "
If there is no recovery, then there is no fee and Henry & Williams,
P.C. will bear the expenses and not look to client(s) for reimbursement
of the expenses they advance."
Most attorneys who handle personal injury and wrongful death cases do so
on a contingency fee agreement which is required by law to be in writing.
The difference from one law firm to another in regard to fees comes down
to three things:
- The percentage (%) being charged;
Whether the percentage (%) is based on the
Gross Recovery or the
Net Recovery after expenses; and
- Whether or not expenses advanced by the lawyer must be reimbursed if there
is no recovery.
Percentage Being Charged – At Henry & Williams, P.C., the percentage to be charged is
never predetermined and is always arrived at by mutual agreement between
us and our client after a review of your case. Personal injury and wrongful
death is all we do at Henry & Williams, P.C. and while most of our
cases are taken on a 33
3% fee, we take many cases on a smaller percentage of 25% and some as a
low as 10% to 15%, depending on the extent of the
damages and the nature of the liability. We will take the time to answer all of
your questions regarding our fees and the fee to be charged on your case
will be based on our mutual agreement after all of your questions have
Fees Based on the Gross Recovery or Net Recovery– Some law offices calculate fees based on the
Gross Recovery, taking expenses out of the client's share. Others calculate fees
based on the
Net Recovery, taking expenses off of the top before calculating the percentage. By
way of example, in a case which settles for $100,000, with $10,000 in
expenses where the attorney fees are 25%, the calculation of attorney
fees on a
Gross Recovery versus a
Net Recovery work a follows:
$100,000 Settlement and 25% Fee
At Henry & Williams, P.C., we believe that if it costs $10,000 to reach
a $100,000 settlement, then the actual recovery is $90,000, not $100,000,
and that our fee should be calculated on the Net Recovery and not the
Gross Recovery. Our fees based on the Net Recovery come to $22,500, not
$25,000 as would be charged by other attorneys who base their fees on
the Gross Recovery, and the Client's Recovery is $67,500, not $65,000.
Almost every case will require advancement of expenses, some greater than
others. Typical expenses are for such things as ordering medical records,
medical reports, filing fees to the Court, deposition expenses to court
reporters and fees charged by expert witnesses who may be hired on the
case. While some attorneys require the expenses to be reimbursed whether
or not the case is successful, at Henry & Williams, P.C. we expressly
if there is no recovery there is no fee, and Henry & Williams, P.C.
will not look to you for reimbursement of the expenses we advance.
A sample copy of our
Attorney Client Contract – Personal Injury and
Attorney Client Contract – Wrongful Death are attached for your review and consideration prior to contacting our office.
Before you hire any attorney, make sure you understand the fees and expenses
to be charged on your case. If you are considering different attorneys
and want a quote from our office, please call West Plains Injury Lawyers
Lynn or Roy for a discussion of your case and a n
o obligation quote on our fees. In most cases, we will match or beat our competitors' fees without
compromise of the professional service you will receive from our office.