Suppose a client is on a split contingency arrangement, so that the client pays X dollars up front, plus a contingency percentage that's less than the customary 33 1/3%.

Suppose that the case goes to trial, and the plaintiff's side wins "normal" attorneys' fees in addition to the case. What happens to those fees? Does the client get reimbursed for the X that s/he put up, or does the lawyer get to keep all the fees including X?

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