Most people are not aware of how the costs in a civil law case are covered and who pays for those costs. Contrary to what most people think most cases are not taken on a contingency basis. An attorney may take a case on contingency if they feel it’s a very good case that also has enough in damages to be worth the gamble. In a contingency case, the attorney pays all the costs associated with the case in exchange for an agreed upon amount when and if the case settles. The amounts can vary, but are generally around 33% of the settlement. If the case does not settle, the client is not responsible for any of the fees associated in the case, the attorney is. Because of the risk, an attorney will only take a case on contingency if they feel the case is strong with a good chance of winning. If the case is not strong the client would need to fund the case.