Monday, August 27, 2012

Why Contingent Fee Attorneys Are Right For Your Copyright Case

The WHITAKER LAW GROUP frequently accepts copyright infringement cases on a contingent fee basis. Here are a few good reasons why using contingent fee lawyers, like us, may be right for your copyright infringement case:

  1. When we agree to take your case on a contingent fee basis, it means we believe in the strength of your case. Unlike hourly-billing attorneys who will take any case with a paying client, we only take cases that have a strong chance of winning. Why would we waste our time litigating a case that does not have a good chance of making us money? So if we take your case, you know it means we believe in it.
  2. You do not pay up front legal fees or a big retainer. There may be some initial costs for filing the case and getting the defendant served, and you will be responsible for those, but for the most part, you do not have to come up with a large up-front retainer to retain our firm.
  3. We share your incentive to make as much money as we can on a case, and the more money we make, the more money you make. For example, if your attorney is working on a 33% contingency fee, we keep a third of the final recovery, and you get two thirds. So the more money we can recover, the more money both we and you realize.
  4. The contingency fee cases tend to be settled quicker and work their way through the courts faster than hourly billed cases. Why? Because as contingent fee lawyers, we don't get paid until we achieve victory, so we work hard to achieve that victory as soon as possible. Lawyers working on an hourly basis are paid for each hour they spend on a case, and this means the incentive is to “rack up billable hours” rather than promote quick and efficient resolution.
  5. With a non-contingency fee attorney you typically get a monthly invoice itemizing all the time spent on your case, and the bill may result in “payment shock” as those $250-$650 per hour fees add up pretty fast. When you hire us on a contingency fee basis, you may never see a monthly invoice, which means you do not have to panic every time you see a letter or email from us.