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What Does a Government Contract Attorney Do?

A government contract attorney can help you throughout the duration of your contract. This may include:
  • Helping you prepare a thorough proposal to present to the government
  • Assisting if there's a bid protest or dispute regarding who was awarded the contract
  • Advising you on the procedures and regulations that characterize government contracts, such as mandatory disclosure
  • Handling claims and disputes, representing you in court if need be

How Do I Know If I Need a Government Contract Attorney?

If you're preparing your bid proposal and don't know the best practices, you may want the advice of a government contract attorney. The right lawyer will know the ins and outs of government contracts to give you the best chance of securing one.

You may want to contact a government contract attorney if you've suffered mistreatment as a government contractor, including:
  • Benefits to service employees
  • Unfair pay or overtime pay
  • Unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous working conditions
  • Discrimination

How Much Does a Government Contract Attorney Cost?

The method of billing used depends on your lawyer, but many government contract lawyers use either an hourly rate or a contingency fee. An hourly rate is straightforward and you will simply be charged for the hours worked by your attorney, as well as the associates and paralegals. Contingency means that you will not have to pay anything up front but your lawyer will take a percentage if you win your case. Your lawyer will only use this method if you have a good chance of winning a sizeable amount of money.

Rates of both hourly and contingency fees vary based on where you are located and how complicated the case is. Set a rate up front with your lawyer so you know what to expect.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Government Contract Attorney?

Entering a government contract means accepting the rules and regulations that come along with it. Securing a contract can be also difficult, since the government often bundles contracts, and you're competing with companies that may have long contractual relationships. A government contract attorney can advise you on government contract prerequisites and can file any necessary paperwork.

If you're dealing with a dispute and go to court or attempt negotiations, you can possibly win a large settlement. However, government contracts are very tight and strictly regulated, and you may have to put in a lot of time and effort to prove your case. A government contract attorney is best equipped to help you in this scenario.

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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