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not sure I understand your answer. Why would anyone sign a contract after they have agreed to settlement? The answer does not seem to apply to my question. How would a lawyer be entitled to a fee for doing nothing...should not there be some work product in order to get paid?
I just sent a reply that the answer does not make sense. If you accept an offer why would anyone sign a contract. why should an lawyer receive thousands of dollars for no work at all. I read the below
The purpose of a contingent fee is to reward attorneys for proficiency and diligence in prosecuting disputed and litigated claims, as opposed to rendering minor services that any inexperienced attorney might perform.
no I hired the attorney then was told an offer had already been made and had not reached me by mail. The lawyer advised me an offer was made prior to the contract but that they thought I should press for more. I did not want to do that as a bird in the hand...I have no problem paying for the paralegal work that was done setting up the case but why a third should be paid for my work product and the attorney just letting me know an offer was made. If (and you correctly don't know) was made prior to the retainer being signed it is less than an assumption the lawyer did not have an impact.