If you sign up with a law firm that tells you that they won't charge you fees unless you win, read the fine print.

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Inside the Law: Legal Fees More Than the Verdict

November 12, 2018 - 5:30 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What happens if legal fees cost more than what you win?  

A woman injured in a car accident sued her insurance company because it wouldn't pay her claim and won $100,000, but her lawyer then asked the court to grant $1 million in legal fees.  

The Court found the fees for 562 hours, including what it claimed were 22 hours of work per day, to be excessive and troubling, and granted nothing. 

In this case, the law firm was asking the defendant, not its client, for the legal fees. But if you sign up with a law firm that tells you that they won't charge you fees unless you win, read the fine print.  

Many firms put out money up front for expert witness fees and other court costs. Even if you don't win, you may still have to pay the firm back for the costs.  

Before you sign up ask: if I win, how much do you get? If I lose, how much do I have to pay?

And if you're actually working 22 hours a day, shouldn't you get some sleep?