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Why 22%?

Most firms charge 33%. We charge 22%.

How can we charge fees for serious motor vehicle cases less than the “standard” 1/3 (33 1/3%) allowed by Michigan court rules?

Most of the ads for injury lawyers on TV, billboards, or the Internet look and sound pretty much alike. For more than 30 years (since lawyers were first allowed to advertise), the formula has been: Tell the people how nice, how tough, how smart, or how popular you are. Lawyers will get his or her share of cases. As long as nobody “rocks the boat” by saying anything too different, the “big fish” will get plenty of cases. But one thing sadly missing in these ads is the answer to a basic question: “How much are you going to charge me?”

At Matz and Pietsch, we decided to do something radical: Charge a lower fee.

Of course, the talent, experience, judgment, work ethic, and accomplishments should be considered before you hire a lawyer for your auto injury case.

That’s why we started 22not33.com. At our firm, our advertising costs are low. We don’t rely on other lawyers to refer us cases (and pay them a portion of our fee). That’s why we separated ourselves from the rest of the field when we started 22not33.com.

When you meet with us you will find that our lower 22% fee is for real, as is our desire to help you get your life back on track. And if you don’t hire us, you don’t have to pay us a cent. In fact, you wont pay us a cent until we earn a settlement on your behalf.

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What does 22not33 mean, exactly?

Bigger law firms usually charge 33% of a net settlement amount. Our contingent fee is only 22%. (Remember, you are responsible to reimburse case costs spent by any attorney.) For example: A lawyer wins a $100,000 “net settlement” (deduction of costs spent by your attorney to prepare your case, taken “off the top” of your settlement total before the fee is calculated). If the attorney is charging a 33% fee, you would get about $67,000. If you were charged just 22% — which is our fee — you would receive about $78,000.