Legal representation can be very expensive. This makes the process of hiring an attorney stressful. At the same time, lawyers perform a very valuable service and most cases require that a great deal of time and resources be devoted.

Accordingly, at AI Law, we believe that for the attorney-client relationship to be a successful one, the fee arrangement must be fair to both the client and the attorney.

We recognize that no two cases or clients are alike. That is why AI Law will work with you to determine the fee arrangement that is best tailored to meet the needs of your case. This arrangement can take one of the following forms:

Hourly Fees
This is the most traditional form of billing clients that many non-lawyers are already familiar with. The attorney’s time is billed at a fixed hourly rate corresponding to the number of hours spent working on the client’s case. This arrangement may work fine for many matters, particularly where clients are used to such an arrangement and want the ability to devote as many resources as possible to a case. AI Law negotiates hourly fee arrangements with clients at rates that are very reasonable relative to the market.
Contingency Fees
In a typical contingency fee arrangement, the attorney’s fee is paid as a percentage of the recovery obtained for the client. The client does not pay any fees up front until there is a recovery, but may be required, depending upon what the attorney and client negotiate, to advance funds for the costs of litigating a case (e.g., fees for depositions, expert witnesses, etc.). Contingency fee arrangements are available only for cases where the client is a plaintiff, and where the potential recovery is expected to be substantial with certainty that any recovery is collectible. Take for example a case filed against a corporation with a 40 percent contingency fee agreement where costs amount to $100,000, and the settlement is $1,000,000. The attorney receives $400,000 as a fee and the $100,000 in costs (assuming they were advanced by the attorney), with the remaining $500,000 disbursed to the client. Depending on the nature of the case, AI Law may offer to take your case on contingency.
Fixed Monthly Retainer Fees
Another common fee arrangement involves the attorney charging the client a fixed monthly fee for working on a case or engagement. Such arrangements protect the client against receiving invoices from attorneys causing “sticker shock” and against the incentive for attorneys to perform unnecessary or marginally necessary work on a case. It also provides both the attorney and client with some predictability and stability associated with how much clients must pay in out-of-pocket fees and how much income an attorney can expect to receive on a case. For appropriate cases, AI Law would recommend this type of a fee arrangement.
Flat Fees
In some cases, attorneys and clients are also able to negotiate a lump sum flat fee to handle an entire case, or a particular portion or phase of a case. This arrangement may work best where it benefits both the attorney and client to have a clear expectation of how much legal representation will cost. A flat fee can be common, for example, in connection with bringing in counsel to conduct a trial, handle an appeal, take on representation of a client accused of committing a crime, or for drafting an agreement or other transactional document. In appropriate cases, AI Law is open to negotiating flat fees with its clients.
Hybrid (Contingency Plus Monthly Fee)

Certain cases—particularly those which are expected to last more than six months with an extensive amount of hours and resources required of counsel—need creative fee arrangements that are fair not only to the client who may not be able to afford to pay hourly fees, but also to the attorney who carries great risk to his or her business in taking on such matters. In these types of cases, AI Law encourages clients to negotiate hybrid fee arrangements whereby clients may pay a fixed monthly fee accompanied by a contingency fee percentage of the potential recovery.