Attorney's Fees
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Subject Matter:
Attorney's Fees  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
N/A

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should citizens be prohibited by the Constitution from agreeing to pay more than a one-third contingency fee to their attorneys?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This amendment would prohibit a person from contracting with his attorney for a contingency fee of over: 33 1/3 percent of the first $50,000.00; twenty-five percent of the next $100,000.00; twenty percent of the next $350,000.00; and fifteen percent of any further amounts recovered. Regardless of any agreement with a client, an attorney would be required to estimate and keep records of hours worked on a client's case. Fee information would have to be disclosed.

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
John R. McCarty
Address:
PO Box 13987
Jackson MS 39236-3987

Phone: (601) 352-7867

Status:
Expired

Town Meeting Location:
N/A

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 107,216 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,443 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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