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Is it allowed for a solicitor to advise and represent you while claiming hourly compensation from legal aid but also % of your winnings?

If solicitor gives you services and claims hourly fees from legal aid because you are eligible but also then takes a 15% cut of your final settlement amount, is this allowed or in a sense cheating the ...
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Does a plaintiff have standing in an action for cost of suit in cases where a fee waiver is granted to plaintiff?

Or is it the court who will have to order the defendant to pay for the fees it effectively advances to the plaintiff? Background As suggested per the comments: “According to the California info ...
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In Australia, is it a general rule that the losing side of a legal challenge pays the winners legal costs?

Watching a recent news broadcast a guest referred to a constitutional law expert said; "if you lose a court case, even on a technicality, the usual practice, the usual rule is that you have to ...
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Am i responsible for fees from FedEx i was not made aware of and did not agree to pay?

last month I ordered a computer from an American company that shipped it through FedEx. I paid for shipping when I purchased the computer and if I remember right I also paid a small import tax when ...
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What if someone violated a business contract and you don't have the money to take them to court?

I'm in Australia. Legal costs are very expensive, can go up to USD $50,000. What's the use of contracts if you can't take a contract violator to court? Any party is free to do anything. Or worst, ...
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Like a menu for unbundled legal services

Can attorneys advertise their flat fees on a third-party site without doing all the things that got Avvo Legal Services in trouble? Didn't Avvo Legal services set the flat fee, handle the payment ...
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In Canada when can the winning party recover legal and attorney fees?

I'm suspecting to have to take my ex-landlord to court. He's not giving back my damage deposit or prorated rent. Would I be able to get reimbursed for legal fees or attorney fees if I win? Since I had ...
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Is award of attorney fees and legal costs in U.S. deterministic?

There's a large space I will call "medium claims" in which lawyers are required for a plaintiff to seek judicial remedies, but the cost of litigation vs. the potential recovery leaves too much ...
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Are lawyers allowed to keep charging money after termination?

I was wondering if attorneys are allowed to keep charging money even after termination. The situation is this: a lawyer has been terminated. A new lawyer has been retained and he/she has filed notice ...
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Charging for time spent before an agreement was signed

This is from the consumer perspective, but I am also interested in hearing the lawyer perspective. You meet with a lawyer about a probate vs. trust matter for a truly small estate (though I suppose ...
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Can my Ex contact my attorney at will?

My Ex has contacted my attorney about trivial matters. My attorney bills me for these contacts. Is there a way to avoid these charges? For example, can I forbid my Ex from contacting my attorney ...
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Accrued interest in the award of legal fees

If a party to a lawsuit is awarded legal fees, and their legal expenses were incurred over the course of several years of litigation, can the amount include interest on the expenses from the time they ...
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Under which circumstances does "loser pays" apply in the United States?

In the U.S., unlike e.g. Britain, both sides usually pay their own legal fees; seldom does the loser pay the winner's legal fees. However, there are some exceptions. One that I know of is that if ...
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Is there, in any jurisdiction, an hybrid between the "loser pays" rule and the "american rule"?

Spawned from this question: is there any jurisdiction which implements an hybrid between the "loser pays" and the "american rules", concerning who pays the legal fees? I understand it would be very ...
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Impact of loser pays vs American rule

The rationale for the American rule, as I understand it, is that you should be able to file a lawsuit that you think has merit without having to worry that you might lose and be on the hook for the ...
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