If the lawyer does not recoup payment for you, you do not owe the lawyer any type of money for lawyers' costs. A backup fee contract requires that your lawyer will only get paid if you receive just settlement for your injuries. The riskier your instance is, the higher the contingency charge portion your lawyer will normally ask for. This percentage typically falls somewhere between 25% and 40%. In a backup hourly arrangement, your lawyer will certainly preserve a log of the number of hours worked and you will certainly hence pay your lawyer based on a hourly price.