Wrongful death lawyers work under a “contingency fee” agreement. Contingency fee arrangements are often referred to as no-win no-fee agreements because that’s exactly how they work. Under no circumstances will you ever pay a dime in fees unless (and until) your case has been won and payment has been issued.
Attorneys who handle wrongful death claims do not bill on an hourly basis, and as such, there’s no reason for them to delay and/or stretch out your case. A contingency fee agreement ensures that your interests are perfectly aligned with those of your attorney.
If and when a settlement or jury verdict is reached, your attorney will be paid a percentage of the total award (usually 33-40%). In some cases, certain expenses may need to be reimbursed, but these will always be discussed with you early on in the process.