How Do Lawyers Get Paid?

When you hire a lawyer to represent you in a North Carolina land condemnation claim, in most cases, it will be on a contingency fee basis. This means that your lawyer will be paid a percentage of what you receive once your case is settled. If you don’t recover anything, your lawyer doesn’t get paid.

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While the basic aspects of contingency fee agreements are easy to understand, the way your lawyer gets paid depends on the facts of your case. In simple land condemnation cases, your lawyer is paid a percentage of the difference between the state’s initial appraisal value of your property and the amount you ultimately get after a settlement, mediation, or trial.

If you’re facing inverse condemnation—where your land is taken from you without the government or corporation paying you anything—your lawyer’s payment comes from the total amount of your recovery.

In any type of land condemnation or eminent domain case, your lawyer or legal team may work on a flat, hourly rate while handling legal issues closely tied, but not directly related, to the taking of your land.

At HensonFuerst, we’re committed to being up front with our clients and accessible throughout every step of the legal process. If you’re facing land condemnation in North Carolina, our attorneys are ready to assist you. Contact us any time to see how we can help—call (919) 781-1107 or complete our free initial consultation form to get the customized legal representation you deserve.

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The Henson Fuerst attorneys are always ready to talk to you about your case at absolutely no cost to you. We’ll answer questions that you may have and help you get back on your feet.

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