There are three main ways that attorneys charge fees. They are: 1) by a pre-determined hourly rate, 2) on contingency and 3) flat fee. Under the hourly fee arrangement, the attorney keeps track of the time spent working on your behalf and bills you each month for the hours worked. Contingency fees are charged as a percentage of the amount recovered in personal injury and products liability cases. With a flat fee, the attorney charges a pre-determined amount for a given case or legal service.