What about expenses or costs incurred by the attorney during the handling of my case?
Most law firms will front the costs and expenses necessary in order to handle the case. These costs and expenses are recovered at the end of the case. Some states allow for expenses to be recovered prior to the calculation of the attorneys fees and some take their attorneys fees prior to the deduction of expenses. For example, in New York, the attorneys fee is calculated after the deduction of the costs and expenses. In New York, the contingency fee is 33 1/3%. If the case settles for $10,000 and the costs are $1,000 then the costs would be subtracted first and then the attorneys fee would be calculated from the $9,000 resulting in a recovery of $6,000 and attorneys fees of $3,000.