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What Does an Administrative Lawyer Do?

An administrative lawyer deals with issues that arise with local, state or federal government agencies. Whether they pass regulations which affect your business negatively or if you feel that an agency has wronged you personally, an administrative attorney may be able to help.

How Do I Know If I Need an Administrative Lawyer?

If you think a government agency, either state or federal, has acted unconstitutionally when creating or carrying out a regulation, you may want to consult with an administrative attorney. Some common issues include:
  • New regulation passed and your business is suffering
  • Denial of social security or workers compensation benefits
  • Denial of business licence
  • A government agency is filing a lawsuit against you for violating a regulation

How Much Does an Administrative Attorney Cost?

How your attorney bills depends on the matter you're trying to resolve, as well as his or her personal preference. Administrative attorneys often charge by the hour.

In other instances, an attorney might charge on a contingency basis for complex matters. This means that you won't have to pay anything up front but your lawyer will take a percentage if you win your case. If you don't win, your lawyer won't receive any payment. For this reason, a lawyer will likely only charge a contingency if you have a very strong case or the opportunity to win a large settlement.

The rate you're charged will depend on the complexity of your case and where you live, so be sure to negotiate a rate with your attorney up front.

What Should I Expect When Working with an Administrative Lawyer?

Administrative law encompasses many legal and governmental procedures and regulations, so the process can vary dramatically from case to case.

A government agency may attempt to settle your claim out of court if it's valid, often for issues of social security and workers compensation.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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