Years ago when I was practicing in Seattle I expressed objection to many of the lawyers I knew in the firm I was with for a time about the practice of probate lawyers charging a percentage against the gross value of the estate or at least (an hourly rate I would suppose). Some of the fees I knew about in probates I knew about were extraordinary. The fee was what it was, all seemed to say. Thankfully, things have changed.
The other day the ABA Journal published a piece about contingent fees in sure thing personal injury actions.