We often receive inquiries about whether we will represent parties in California trust and will contests on a contingency basis. In contingency representation, the lawyer does not collect a fee unless the client obtains a favorable settlement or court judgment. Contingency fees usually are structured on a percentage basis, with the lawyer receiving perhaps 25-40 percent of the value of the assets collected as specified in the fee agreement.
Generally we decline requests for contingency fee representation, choosing instead to represent contestants who can pay us on an hourly basis. Why do we take this approach? It’s tough, before litigation begins, to evaluate the risk and reward. Continue Reading