How We Get Paid


For personal injury claims and most insurance claims, MacIsaac & Company will work for you under a contingency fee agreement. Simply put, this is an arrangement which means we don’t get paid unless and until you get paid. In other words, if we recover nothing for you, you pay us no legal fees. If we are successful in recovering compensation for you, you pay us a percentage of the amount we recover at the conclusion of your claim. Typically, that percentage will be between 25% and 33.3%. You can discuss the question of legal fees with your lawyer during your free consultation.

In some cases, another option is to pay your lawyer in the conventional way, that is at an hourly rate. If you hire your lawyer on an hourly basis, your lawyer will ask for a retainer (payment in advance of services) and will send you regular interim accounts for payment.

If you agree to pay your lawyer on a ‘contingency fee’ basis, then in addition to paying legal fees at the conclusion of your claim, all the expenses which your lawyer will incur in the prosecution of your claim – Court Registry fees, the cost of obtaining medical evidence or any other evidence necessary to advance your case, and the cost of experts’ reports, are financed by your MacIsaac & Company lawyer. These expenses, known as “disbursements,” can add up to thousands, and in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars. They are payable at the conclusion of your claim, and are most often recovered from the at-fault party’s insurer.