Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a weekly publication for lawyers on news and developments in Massachusetts law, has recently launched Exhibit A. Exhibit A is a monthly newsletter written by lawyers and intended for non-lawyers. It is written in a way which makes the law a little less confusing and easier to understand. It is a FREE monthly publication you can pick up at most MBTA stations. The newsletter covers many different legal topics which you may find useful if you have specific legal questions, or, if you are just interested in the law generally.
Nearly all Massachusetts personal injury lawyers take motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. What that means is that your attorney will take 33 1/3% (or possibly more if your case goes into suit) of any settlement or judgment amount as his/her legal fee at the conclusion of the case. If your attorney advances any costs in prosecuting your claim, it is you that is ultimately responsible for any such costs.
With contingency fee cases, your attorney is required by the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct to provide you with a copy of the signed, contingency fee agreement. This is the agreement that formalizes the attorney/client relationship. If your attorney does not provide you with a copy of the fee agreement, ask him/her for a copy of same.