Contingent Fee Agreement

ContingentFeeAgreement
IemployFonvielleLewisFoote&Messerasmyattorneystorepresentmeinmyclaimfordamagesarisingoutof:
DateofIncident:_______________________________________
I.CONTINGENTFEE
Ascompensationfortheirservices,theclientagreestopaytheattorneysthefollowingfeebaseduponthetotalrecovery:
A)Beforethe
filingofananswerorthedemandforappointmentofarbitratorsor,ifnoanswerisfiledornodemandfor
appointmentofarbitratorsismade,theexpirationoftimeperiodprovidedforsuchaction:
1)331/3%ofanyrecoveryupto$1million;plus
2)30%ofany
portionoftherecoverybetween$1millionand$2million;plus
3)20%ofanyportionoftherecoveryexceeding$2million.
B)Afterthefilingofananswerorthedemandforappointmentofarbitratorsor,ifnoanswerisfiledornodemandfor
appointmentofarbitratorsismade,
theexpirationofthetimeperiodprovidedforsuchaction,throughtheentryofjudgment.
1)40%ofanyrecoveryupto$1million;plus
2)30%ofanyrecoverybetween$1millionand$2million;plus
3)20%ofanyportionoftherecoveryexceeding$2million.
C)If
alldefendantsadmitliabilityatthetimeoffilingtheiranswersandrequestatrialonlyondamages:
1)331/3%ofanyrecoveryupto$1million;plus
2)20%ofanyportionoftherecoverybetween$1millionand$2million;plus
3)15%ofanyportionofthe
recoveryexceeding$2million;and
D)Anadditional5%ofanyrecoveryafternoticeofappealisfiledorpostjudgmentrelieforactionisrequiredforrecoveryon
thejudgment.
E)Ifthecaseissettledbyperiodicpayments,thecontingentfeepercentagewillbecalculatedonthecost
ofthestructured
settlementor,ifthecostisunknown,onthepresentmoneyvalueofthestructuredsettlement.Attorneys'feesshallbepaidin
alumpsumatthetimeofsettlement.
F)Intheeventthatfeesarerecoveredinthisactionfromanyadverseparty,thiscontractis
nottobeconstruedasalimitation
onthemaximumreasonablefeetobeawardedtotheattorneysbytheCourt.Iffeesarepaidbythedefendant,theattorneys
willbepaidthegreateroftheamountpaidbythedefendantortheappropriatepercentageofthetotalgross
recovery,
includingfees.
G)Ifrecoveryismadefromagovernmentalagencyandtheattorneys'feeislimitedbylawasitrelatestothatspecific
recovery,itisunderstoodtheattorneys'feeshallbenomorethantheamountprovidedbylaw.
H)Incasesinvolvingaclaimforwrongful
death,injurytoaminorchildorforsomeoneotherwiseincapacitated,thelawmay
requirethataprobateorguardianshipproceedingbefiled.Legalservicesforprobateandguardianshipproceedingsarenot
includedwithinthetermsofthiscontingencyagreement.Ifnecessary,suchserviceswillbearrangedandifpaid
forbythe
attorneystheexpensewillbetreatedasacostadvanced.
Thepaymentofanattorneys'feeiscontingentuponarecoverybeingobtained.Ifnorecoveryismade,theclientowesnothingfor
attorneys'fees.
II.COSTS
FonvielleLewisFoote&Messeragreestoadvancethepaymentof
costsreasonablynecessarytopreparethecaseuntilarecoveryis
obtained.Theclientagreestoreimburseallcostsincurredifarecoveryisobtained."Costs"includefilingfees,witnessfees,expert
witnesscosts,travelexpenses,telephonecharges,copyingcharges,faxcharges,depositioncosts,investigatorcostsandtime,
messengercharges,
mediationexpenses,computerresearchfees,medicalornursingconsultations,andalloutofpocketexpenses
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