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By: Scott Grossman on September 4th, 2016

Determining Reasonableness With San Diego Contingency Costs: Six Factors


Pursuing an estate litigation matter in California is often an expensive endeavor. For the executor, trustee, beneficiary, or heir of an estate who is considering filing a lawsuit relating to an estate or trust, these expenses may be of great concern. This is especially the case in situations where an estate or a plaintiff may not have a large amount of liquid assets in order to pay for an attorney. In some cases, a reasonable contingency fee arrangement may be a good solution.

Wondering how to determine whether contingency costs are reasonable? The following are six helpful factors for assessing the reasonableness of a legal fee:

  1. The time and labor required from the estate litigation matter
  2. The novelty and difficulty of the issues at hand
  3. The skill level required to handle the lawsuit
  4. The customary fees in the area charged for similar work
  5. The size of the estate
  6. The time limitations imposed on the matter

Each estate or trust lawsuit will come with its own set of unique facts and circumstances. Ultimately, the reasonableness of the contingency costs in any given action will depend on these unique factors. Fortunately, an experienced and knowledgeable San Diego probate litigation lawyer can help breakdown the costs and determine what fee arrangement may be best for your matter.

To learn more about contingency costs and other expenses of estate or trust litigation during a California lawsuit, contact a San Diego probate court litigation attorney today. Call our toll-free number at (888) 443-6590 for a consultation.

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