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Lawyers in this area usually charge on an hourly rate basis, and the rates vary widely with the experience and reputation of the lawyer. They may range from $250-$300 per hour for a lawyer with about 5 year's experience, to $550+ per hour and up for more experienced lawyers.  The kind of lawyer that you need will depending on the complexity of the case, the amount of money involved, as well as your budget constraints.

It's not unusual for a relatively simple case to cost $15,000 or more.  That's because of all the preparation and research that it takes before the trial, as well as the actual court date.

Lawyers may be willing to some kinds of cases on a contingency fee basis; there will be no fee unless you win, and monies are recovered. Some examples are personal injury cases; wrongful dismissal; debt collection; and some others.  You should discuss this with your lawyer.

Whichever fee arrangements are made, you should get it in writing.  The vast majority of disputes that clients have with lawyers is over fee arrangements.

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