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Contingent Fees Contingent Fees In certain types of lawsuits—such as personal injury, collections and auto damages—the lawyer who represents the person suing may agree to accept a part of the money the client recovers as the fee for services. Such an arrangement is called a contingent fee. Under the lawyer's ethics rules, the lawyer and client must enter into a written fee agreement at the outset of the representation, stating what portion of the recovery the lawyer will receive. The fee is generally fixed at a percentage of the recovery. An additional percentage may be added if the matter is tried again or appealed to a higher court. In a contingency fee contract, you and your lawyer agree that the lawyer will not get paid any fees unless you win your case.
A: This may be both a criminal and civil matter. In Florida, there are generally no "self-help" evictions. If your pet or belongings are also being held without your permission, a crime may have been committed. It is wise to report this to a local law enforcement agency and contact a landlord-tenant attorney to preserve your rights.
A: It sounds like your son received some very serious injuries as a result of this unfortunate accident. Although it may be difficult to recover damages from an insurance carrier in this specific fact set, it is important to contact an attorney whenever a carrier has decided to void coverage (in this case, from a stolen vehicle exclusion or material misrepresentation to the carrier). Search for an insurance attorney on Justia and give several lawyers an opportunity to review and see if there anything that can be done to avoid the loss of coverage.