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What to Do If You Think You Can’t Afford an Attorney

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You need a lawyer, but you’re worried about how much they cost. How can you possibly afford one? After all, lawyers are incredibly expensive… right?

The good news is cost depends on the type of lawyer you hire. You’d be surprised at how affordable some attorneys actually are.

At our firm, it’s simple to hire a personal injury lawyer or workers’ compensation attorney. We work with you on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about paying us out of pocket.

What Is a Contingency Fee Contract?

A contingency fee arrangement is when an attorney agrees to take your case and cover all expenses needed to move it forward. If they recover a settlement or verdict in your favor, their fee will be taken as a percentage of your recovery. The percentage varies based on the type and circumstances of your case and the particular attorney hired.

However, if you lose the case, neither you nor your attorney receives any money, but you are not required to pay the attorney for work done on the case. There may be a few fees that you will be responsible for though, such as court filing fees, witness costs, and other charges.

The contingency fee agreement occurs most commonly in cases involving personal injury and workers’ compensation.

Zero-Fee Guarantee

If you hire Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we don’t charge by the hour, by the phone call, or by the email. That’s the old school way of doing things.

Instead, we only get paid if we win your case (contingency). We take a percentage of the settlement and the rest goes to you. In the unlikely event that there is not a recovery, you do not owe us anything. Period.

This is what we call our Zero Fee Guarantee.

It costs you nothing to speak with an attorney, and statistically, you'll increase your recovery just by talking to one about your legal rights. If you do decide to retain our law firm, we'll fight for you every step of the way, investing our own resources in your personal injury case.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring an Attorney?

By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you get all of their available resources to pursue a full and complete recovery for you. That also means you have access to their legal expertise and years of knowledge. They can explain your rights and the legal process for filing a claim.

We know it’s important that victims who have been injured in a car accident or at work have access to affordable lawyers. People who hire an attorney are also more likely to win their cases and receive larger settlements.

But perhaps the biggest benefit of hiring an attorney is having someone deal with the legal hassles on your behalf. At our law firm, we take this burden off our clients and negotiate with the insurance companies and their teams of lawyers for them.

All of these benefits save clients time, money, and stress, allowing them to focus on their families and themselves. As a personal injury law firm, this is especially important since our clients are suffering from serious injuries and need time to heal.

Other Ways to Find the Right Attorney

There are a few different avenues you can take if money is an issue or you need a different kind of lawyer besides the services our firm provides. If you can’t afford a lawyer, here’s how to find legal help:

  • Take advantage of attorneys who offer free consultations. Many lawyers, especially when it comes to personal injury and workers’ compensation claims, offer quick consultations via phone or video conference. You can schedule a free case evaluation with our law firm right now.
  • Research legal aid societies. These non-profit organizations provide free legal services to low-income families. Lawhelp.org is a good place to seek free legal aid programs.
  • Check out a law school. Many law schools offer pro bono programs. These feature free legal advice while also giving law students a chance to gain valuable experience.
  • Contact your county, city, or state bar association. For example, the Atlanta Bar Association has a referral service. They can connect you with an attorney for free or $45 depending on the type of legal consultation.
  • Contact your local city’s courthouse. They may be able to offer free assistance with paperwork or refer you to a law firm that can help you.

The more you look around, the more you will realize many attorney fees aren’t as high as you initially feared. Some attorneys may even offer discounts or monthly payment plans.

That said, make sure you think carefully before selecting a lawyer. Choose a reputable attorney who has experience in the legal area you need help with.

Also, don’t be surprised if an attorney doesn’t want to take your case and turns you down. Many lawyers take cases on a contingency basis, which means that they only get paid if they win your case. It’s a risky strategy and they need to be confident that if a case goes before a judge or jury that they will side with you and award you a sizable settlement.

How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

In Georgia, lawyers cannot contact potential clients. This is unethical and against the law (hence why there are so many TV ads and billboards). If you want to hire us, you have to contact us.

It’s free to talk to our affordable attorneys about your case. You can call us at any time at (770) 934-8000 to get a quick legal evaluation of your personal injury, workers’ compensation, or wrongful death claim.

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