My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: Washington St.
I represent my late father in a personal injury lawsuit that he started with a firm before his passing. The firm I'm working with just sent me a contingency fee contract, since settlement money from some of the defendants are coming through.
My first question is, shouldn't have have signed this, or some sort of retainer fee contract when he began the lawsuit?
Second, they state the following:
From my standpoint, it seems pretty high, especially considering that there has been no trials, and there doesn't appear to be any upcoming. It has mainly been settlements coming through.For any matter, defendant, claim or submission settled of otherwise resolved, an amount equal to 40% of any recovery, remedy, whether by way of settlement, claim approval, judgment or otherwise.
Attorney's fees provided for herein in the percentage of 50%, will be shared with the referring attorney. The Client understand and consents to this fee sharing and that this arrangement between the attorneys will not be the cause of any increase in fees to the client.
This contract does not cover representation for any appeal. Should an appeal be necessary, the fee arrangement on appeal with be negotiated at that time.
Is there a way to negotiate this to a lower fee? Thanks in advance.