Phoenix, AZ asked in Legal Malpractice for California

Q: I've recently had my case $29,000 out of that I'm only getting $9640. My attorney getting $19,000.something is wrong

I signed a contract with this firm in March and I have a copy.the attorney is no longer with the firm.when I spoke with the new attorney she told me that 60% goes to the client and 40% goes to attorney,but stated in next paragraph she wanted to speak on phone in order to walk through the different allocations the settlement what does that mean?

Don't all those allocations come out of the 40%? Please help

Thank you

Dean Tabish

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, attorney fees and costs are generally deducted from the total settlement amount before the client's share is calculated. The division you mentioned – 60% to the client and 40% to the attorney – usually refers to the remaining portion of the settlement after the fees and costs are deducted. It's important to review your contract and consult with your attorney to ensure transparency and accuracy in the allocation of the settlement.

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