Divorce or dissolution cases deserve special discussion because attorneys` fees for this type of work may include one or a combination of all the fee agreements already mentioned, except that lawyers are not allowed to charge contingency fees in divorce cases. In the case of an action for dissolution in which the married couple already agrees on all matters – such as maintenance, property and custody – a lawyer may set a fixed fee, provided that the case remains uncontested until the conclusion of the proceedings. Since lawyers` fees are partly determined by the services provided, it is generally not possible to determine in advance the total amount of fees for a case that may have contentious issues. In such a case, a lawyer may inform the client of the lawyer`s minimum fees – such as the minimum it would cost – and in addition of the hourly fees for the time that could be spent beyond the minimum time specified in the lawyer`s initial estimate. Some complications often arise in family law cases, such as divorce. For example, the court may order one of the spouses to pay all or part of the other spouse`s costs and expenses. In addition, the court may order a spouse to pay fees to his or her own lawyer in the event of a dispute. Sometimes the lawyer you hired will hire a lawyer at another law firm to help you with the case. You must agree to the hiring of this other lawyer. If this happens in a case of bodily injury or property damage that should amount to illegal conduct, this agreement must be in writing, and the lawyer primarily responsible for your case is entitled to at least 75% of the fees and the lawyer with secondary liability is entitled to a maximum of 25% of the fees.

If the lawyers of the different law firms have been equally involved in this type of case, they will have to go to court to determine how the fees will be distributed. Fee splitting between law firms should not affect the amount of money you receive. If, in a case where you are charged an hourly fee, another law firm is hired, the fees can be divided in one of two ways: the fees can be divided according to the work done by each lawyer or law firm, or you and the lawyers can agree in writing on how the fees will be divided. When a lawyer „advances“ the cost of the case, the IRS treats those expenses as interest-free loans from personal capital. A lawyer who advances the costs of the case uses after-tax dollars. For example, for a lawyer to have $10,000 to pay an expert`s bill, you need a gross income of $60,000. The law firm`s overhead when operating a law firm can range from 60% to 80% of gross revenue. Assuming 66% overhead for salaries, rent, insurance, phones, etc. the lawyer has a net income of $20,000 for an income of $60,000.

Subtract federal and state income taxes [38% federal income 11% from California] and the attorney has a net after-tax income of $10,200 to grant the client a loan or pre-grant. The lawyer`s cash flow after paying the expert`s bill is $200. Many lawyers set a fixed hourly fee for their services. Lawyers` fees are calculated by multiplying the fixed hourly fees by the number of hours the lawyer works for the client. The final costs may always include other direct expenses, such as court costs. B, photocopying costs, long distance charges, travel expenses or other expenses directly related to a particular case. .