Do I Have to Pay to Speak to a Lawyer?

Injury & Accident Attorney Serving Nearby Areas of Columbus & Fort Benning, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama

Posted: March 15, 2021

This content has been reviewed by Gary O. Bruce

One of the biggest concerns people have when they need to hire a lawyer after an accident is whether or not they can afford one! The good news is…YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN!

At the Law Offices of Gary Bruce, we always tell anyone who has been injured through no fault of their own that they should speak to a lawyer before accepting any offer, even if they aren’t sure whether they are going to file a lawsuit.

A lawyer can tell you if you have a claim worth pursuing and how much money you should ask for. Best of all, speaking to a lawyer could cost you nothing!

How Attorney Fees Work at the Law Offices of Gary Bruce

Because personal injury lawsuits can take weeks or months to complete, you can imagine that an hourly rate would cost a lot of money! Potentially even more than you earn through your settlement, leaving you owing money after the whole experience. That’s something we never want to happen. And that’s why most personal injury firms, including the Law Offices of Gary Bruce, charge a contingency fee instead.

That means instead of an hourly rate or a flat fee, the firm charges a set percentage of whatever settlement you receive.

This means your lawyer fees will never be more than you win, and if you don’t win, you don’t have to pay your lawyer fees.

Do I Have to Pay for a Consultation with a Lawyer?

You may decide to call a lawyer, tell them about your case, and why you want to hire a lawyer, to find out if they think you have an eligible claim before committing to filing a lawsuit.

You can do this without hiring the lawyer first by asking for a consultation. In an initial consultation, the lawyer will decide whether or not they can legally and competently represent you based on what you tell them, and you can decide whether you want to hire them based on what they tell you.

So if you only had a consultation, but have not officially hired the lawyer yet (you have not signed any contract with them), do you have to pay them for their time?

Some law firms may charge for an initial consultation, but it depends on the law firm. Always make sure to ask if they charge for consultations, and how much one will cost if so, before asking to speak with a lawyer.

At the Law Offices of Gary Bruce, we never charge for initial consultations. So if you aren’t sure if you are going to accept the insurance company’s first offer or if you want to fight for more money, you can talk to a lawyer at our firm for free.

Get Your Free Consultation Now

Are you ready to speak to a lawyer? Our Georgia and Alabama personal injury lawyers are experienced at handling a wide variety of personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, slip and fall accidents, and more.

Contact us today to talk to a lawyer about your claim for no charge.

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