The nature of your legal issue will influence the legal fees you incur. It may not be possible for a lawyer to determine accurately in advance the amount of the fees and expenses that will be incurred in handling a particular matter to completion. In a few types of cases, a lawyer’s fee is controlled by a statute or fixed by a court rule. In many instances, lawyers may charge according to the time spent or may have a set fee for a particular service. In cases involving the recovery of money, the lawyer may charge a fee that is a percentage of the damages recovered, if any. The value of legal services is ultimately a matter of judgment and market forces and a function of particular client needs, problems and results. It is important that you and your attorney reach an agreement concerning fees and expenses, and that you understand how you will be charged.