This is a fee paid only if there is a recovery of money made for you. It is based on a percentage that is set forth in a written agreement. The contingent attorney fee pays for your legal representation. A contingency fee is not to be confused with costs that may be incurred in a case. Costs are out of pocket expenses that are usually required for such items as medical records, depositions, filing legal documents, photographs, etc. Often, our law firm is able to advance these costs on behalf of the client and they are paid back by the client at the time of settlement.