Can I be reimbursed for attorneys fees and costs for a lemon law claim?
Get Legal Help Today
Secured with SHA-256 Encryption
UPDATED: Dec 13, 2019
It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.
We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.
Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.
Generally, you can be reimbursed for attorney’s fees and costs in a lemon law claim as long as those fees are reasonable and as long as you win your case. The right to attorney fees is included in the lemon law statutes in most states.
A lemon law claim arises based on the sale of a vehicle to an individual that doesn’t function in the manner that a vehicle should. When you have a car that must be repaired frequently within a short period of time, that vehicle may qualify as a lemon car under lemon law. The specific number of repairs within a given time frame required to qualify a car as a lemon, as well as any other requirements that can result in your vehicle being labeled a lemon car, vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, the lemon law in most jurisdictions allow for reimbursement of reasonable legal fees if you win your case.
Reasonable attorney fees will depend on the current market rate for legal services in your jurisdiction at the time, as well as on how many hours the average attorney would spend on a lemon law claim. For example, if yours was a very simple lemon law case, you aren’t going to be reimbursed for 1000 hours of attorney’s fees at $10 an hour. You would, however, likely be able to be reimbursed for 10-20 hours of attorney fees for your lemon law case at $200 an hour. Of course, there may not be any guarantee that you will win your lemon law case, and if you don’t win, then you will not receive any reimbursement for your attorney’s fees. The money in such instances will need to come out of your own pocket unless you had a contingent arrangement with the attorney who was handling the lemon law case.
The best thing to do if you are undergoing a lemon law claim is to speak to a consumer or lemon law attorney, find out if you have a good case or not, and get help understanding exactly how the process of making a lemon law claim will work.