My lawyer wants a higher cut than before?
We agreed on a 33% cut for my lawyer but after he got the settlement check he wants 38%. The reason is because he said the case was not a quick settlement even through he did not even go to court. Is he taking advantage of me?
- STEPHENLv 710 months ago
You pay him what was agreed. End of story.
- AnaLv 610 months ago
Tell him the agreement was for him 33% and you keep 67%, and that if he does not give you the full 67% amount you are owed, then you will immediately do 4 things:
1) Contact the police for theft and fraud
2) Contact the state Bar and have him disbarred for criminal/immoral conduct unbecoming of a lawyer
3) post multiple 1 Star reviews on all of his review sites online, accusing him of fraud, theft, and abusing his power, and stealing your cut after you had agreed on 33% he stole 38% and refused to provide you your money as agreed on by contract
4) hire another lawyer to sue him for the remaining 5%, plus court costs and attorneys fees and any punitive damages possible, if he still hasn’t returned the money by now
Once you inform him of this, he will promptly pay you your 67% immediately. If he doesn’t, then show him you aren’t bluffing by DOING everything on this list... starting with #2 and #3, as they’re easiest to do.
- STEVEN FLv 710 months ago
You have the agreement IN WRITING, don't you? If not, you agreed to what the court believes you agreed to WHEN he sues you for the balance.
- JudyLv 710 months ago
He's trying to. Do you have the 33% in writing? What else does your contract say?
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- EvaLv 710 months ago
Yes. The standard fee is 33%. It's not unusual for contingency cases to take a long time. If you hadn't won, he wouldn't be getting anything but then again neither would you. If he didn't bring this up until after the case settled, don' pay the extra.
- LollyLv 710 months ago
Yes, he must have gotten his degree from Trump University.
Do you have a contract?
- Casey YLv 710 months ago
Read that contract...is it 33% plus costs...?
Otherwise, remind him that he has a contract...
- SuccessLv 610 months ago
Nope. it could have been 42% right at the start. Your lawyer got you money. Pay him.
- KerriLv 410 months ago
No you’re not necessarily being taken advantage of. Standard lawyer cut is 33% + costs. Costs might include office and copying costs, deposition expenses, expert testimony, court document filing fees, travel expenses and more. Costs are deducted from the total settlement after a case is won and before the attorney fees are calculated.
- RichardLv 710 months ago
If you have a signed contract which states 33% (and has no provision for 38%), advise him that you will show the contract to his bar association and ask them to investigate the matter. He'll renege.