Depending upon the type of work to be performed the fee for legal services is based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the amount recovered (most often used in personal injury cases and is known as a “contingence fee.” Be wary of attorneys who advertise "no fee unless you win." While it may be true that no "fee" is paid to an attorney unless you win, it is unethical for a Michigan attorney to ever be ultimately responsible for the costs and expenses of any lawsuit or a flat fee.
Factors which are considered in determining the fee to be charged are:
The time and labor required.
The novelty and difficulty of the legal questions involved.
The skill necessary to perform the legal services properly
The likelihood that acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer.
The fee customarily charged is the locality for similar legal services.
The amount involved.
The results obtained.
The time limitations imposed by the client or by circumstances.
The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client.
The experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services.
In certain cases, credit arrangements for payment of a fee can be made with the Attorney handling the matter. A retainer (down payment) is required in most, but not all types of cases.
Specific and detailed information regarding fees, credit arrangements, and retainers is available upon request