Attorney's Fees and How
to Select an Attorney
to Select an Attorney:
How will you know
one attorney from the next unless you are informed and ask the following
Practice - Does your attorney limit his or her practice to certain
areas and for how many years has he or she practiced law in those
areas? In litigation which side has your attorney represented?
See areas of practice in this site. Mr. Harrison has practiced law
for 30 years in the designated areas in question. With regard to personal
injury work, Mr. Harrison has usually represented plaintiffs,
but has also represented insurance companies and has served as Court
Appointed Mediator assisting disputing parties and attorneys to explore
settlement. In real estate and construction law, Mr. Harrison has
represented homeowners, purchasers, contractors, and developers.
attorney be available and accessible?
Attorney Harrison offers flexibility with regard to meeting with
clients and if necessary will see clients late at night or on weekends.
attorney explain the law to you and tell you what he is
doing if you request it?
The client is best served by understanding as much as the
client can regarding the law if the client has the interest
and the time. In time charge cases your statement of account
is a report of activity.
- What is your attorney's
practical background and work? Is it broad based and diverse?
See background and his biography.
Attorney John Wyly Harrison received his law degree, doctor of jurisprudence,
in 1976 from the University of Alabama. He then served as Law Clerk to
the Presiding Trial Judge of Madison County, Alabama. While beginning
the private practice of law, Mr. Harrison also served for numerous years
as a University Instructor of Law Courses.
At the University of Alabama of Hunstville, Mr. Harrison received the
Huntsville Foundation Scholarship and was elected President of the Student
Government by the student body.
Throughout college, Mr. Harrison worked as a warehouse porter, unloading
trailer trucks and as a janitor and grocery store clerk.
Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, Mr. Harrison spent a year as
a teacher for high school dropouts in a poverty program and then spent
a year on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in the office of Congressman
Robert E. Jones.
While attending Sparkman High School, Mr. Harrison was Editor in Chief
of the school paper and was elected Mr. Sparkman High School by his classmates.
There are a variety of alternative agreements for attorney's fees. They
include hourly time charge, flat fee for specific services, or contingent
fees. In all cases, the client is responsible for the costs and expenses
such as court costs, expert witnesses, court reporters, and other expenses.
Standard flat fee arrangements that may be entered into can include incorporations
and simple wills, standard real estate closings, a portion of uncontested
divorces and other cases upon agreement.
Usually, personal injury, auto accident and insurance claim work is done
on a contingent fee percentage of recovery with the client responsible,
as stated above, for all costs and expenses. The percentage depends on
the circumstances. Almost all other services are billed at an hourly rate.