Lutz, FL asked in Contracts and Legal Malpractice for Florida

Q: Can an attny add fees cost to a demand increasing the settlement amount, then add fees cost on the new settlement amount

Can an attorney add his/her fees and to an amount a client offered to settle a case, increasing the settlement amount offered, then tacking on fees and cost on that increased amount?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, if it is a contract, such as a charge card, which contract provides for attorney fees, they can recover those when they bring it to court. Court costs, including filing fees and the expenses of serving you with process (a "summons" and a copy of the court complaint) can also be recovered. You can settle, but you are not required to do so.

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