In most cases, an attorney will either charge you an hourly rate and bill you on an on-going basis, or charge you a contingency fee. A contingency fee is a billing method in which the attorney receives a percentage of the total damages awarded only if the case is successful. For most property damage claims, attorneys often choose to charge clients an hourly fee plus expenses. Regardless of which billing method your attorney offers, you should obtain a written fee agreement from your attorney. This agreement should specify hourly fees for specific types of work, standard charges for particular services such as filing fees, and details of charges for other services. In the event that your attorney offers you a contingency fee, the agreement should specify the percentage of the damages to be charged and a list of any actual expenses likely to be deducted from the damages before the attorney fee is calculated.