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Under CA law, contingency fee agreements are based on contract
between the attorney and client (unlike workers compensation
and unemployment cases where the statutes limit fees). Thus, in this type of contract dispute, the attorney can charge any fee that is reasonable (the standard contingency agreement is 33% before filing suit and 40% after filing suit).
In determining if a fee is reasonable, the bar rules say they look to the complexity of the issue, the time involved and the experience of the attorney. This is all that th rules require.
They can collect their fee in accordance to whatever they wrote in their fee agreement though.
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