It's now or never...I think
June 7, 2012 9:01 PM Subscribe
I am the sole assistant of a personal injury attorney. Like most personal injury attorneys, he makes money only if he wins or settles a case.
posted by serena15221 to Work & Money (39 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know that in law firms with multiple lawyers, if they have a good year, the paralegals and secretaries get bonuses at the end of the year.
Recently, my boss negotiated two big settlements, for hundreds of thousands each. He couldn't have done it without me. Should I ask him for a certain percentage of his portion of the settlement proceeds, and if so, what would be a good percentage to ask for?
I really need the money, but at this time, I hate to ask because he's under a ton of stress in his personal life. This makes me want to ask for as little as possible. So it would help if you try to answer my question in two ways: what should I ask for under normal circumstances (such as a raise, a portion of all future settlement proceeds) and what should I ask for while I'm feeling sorry for him like I do right now.
I could wait until a better time, but I don't see a better time coming anytime soon, and I want to ask him before he's carved up all the things he's planning to do with the money.