You should always get copies of any document that you sign. So, first, call and get copies of everything that you have signed ASAP. If you signed a contingent fee agreement for 33%, that's what the attorney may collect, and the attorney is out of bounds to ask for more. This is a very standard rate - some attorneys charge more. The contingent fee agreement is heavily regulated in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Here is a summary: [Blue-Link-Below]
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I'm sorry that you signed up with a lawyer at the high fee of 40%. For example, my firm which serves PA & NJ only deducts a 29% fee with no costs deducted. In any event, have your attorney scan and email you a copy of the release.
Your entitled to a copy of the Releases you and your family signed. Request them. If your lawyer failed to copy them then he can get them from the insurance carrier. Your signed fee agreement should determine the fee you pay. 40% would be considered high and only really is charged when handling malpractice cases.
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