• Contingency Fee Agreements in CA Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation
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    Contingency Fee Agreements in CA Estate, Trust & Probate Litigation

    People with probate, estate and trust feuds often ask us to discuss how a contingency fee arrangement might work in their cases. I first know that California has both statutory and ethical rules that govern attorney-client fee arrangements. All of our attorney-client fee arrangements must conform to these statutory and ethical requirements. The nature of a contingency fee is that the client pays fees to a lawyer only if the lawyer handles the case successfully. This arrangement only works where money or valuable assets are being claimed. In an estate-related contingency fee arrangement, the attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage – often forty percent of the total recovery. If…