Legal fees are based on either an hourly rate or a contingency rate (percentage of recovery). Hourly rates vary depending on the complexity of the case and the level of experience of the attorney providing legal services. Cases involving successions, contract negotiations, and other general legal matters typically require an hourly fee. A contingency rate is typically charged in cases involving personal injury or business litigation wherein the client seeks a recovery of funds for damages. Contingency fee rates vary from 25% to 40%, depending on the complexity of the case and the stage at which recovery is obtained.