Advice for the Clients

Interviewer: What are some things that someone should be wary about when it comes to attorney fees?  This has nothing having to do with recoverable fees, but when someone is working with an attorney for the first time and they’re in their initial consultation, or they’ve talked to them on the phone, what are some red flags?  What are some things that they should be aware about?

Daniel Hoarfrost: Well, I don’t know that are any real red flags.  When I meet with a client, I go through the fee agreement with them and explain how it works, so they should have a working knowledge of what they’re going to be facing once the claim is resolved.  I try not to have any real surprises.  I guess the only thing that clients should keep in mind is that there will be a portion of their recovery that gets allocated to the attorneys’ fees.  But we also discuss that when there’s a settlement offer on the table or when we’re thinking about whether we should file a lawsuit and take it to trial.  It’s always part of the discussion, because that’s a notable part of the process.

Notable Cases

Interviewer: Can you give us an example of a particular case where recoverably fees were necessary, in your recent experience?

Daniel Hoarfrost: Yeah, no, I would prefer not to talk about particular cases.  I think it’s just better to leave it as a general idea.

Interviewer: Is there anything that you would like to point out about that?

Daniel Hoarfrost: No.  I think we’ve covered it.

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