The music industry is fraught with legal hazards. Aspiring and established music and recording artists need to protect themselves against an array of situations, including the unauthorized use of their work, disagreements with record companies, failings by performance venues, and the breakup of bands.
You must position yourself as a business to protect your rights. A key player in that business should be A Barnstable music and recording artist lawyer who knows the music industry well. The lawyer can review and advise you about the contracts you enter to anticipate and avoid future problems and misunderstandings and take legal action against infringers.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.
Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.
Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.
Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.