We know choosing a lawyer can be difficult especially when you have so many questions about the legal process and how your case will be handled. Below are a list of questions and answers you might find helpful.
Q: How do I hire a lawyer? A: If you have not already done so, please call to discuss the facts of your case and to schedule an immediate appointment at no cost or obligation.
Q: How do I pay my lawyer? A: In the personal injury and disability fields of the law most fees are contingent upon recovery. If no recovery is made, there is no charge. Fees for other cases vary depending on their difficulty and other factors.
Q: Do all cases have to go to trial before a judge or jury? A: No. Roughly 85% of our cases are settled prior to trial. Generally, only the large cases or highly disputed cases end up being tried before a jury or judge. Today many cases are resolved quickly through other forms of dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. We will discuss all available options with you.
Q: How long will it take to complete my case? A: This question cannot be easily answered. Each case is different. However, on the average most cases are concluded quickly after the client is released from the doctor. Unfortunately, some court dockets are crowded which sometimes causes delay. Also, it is sometimes difficult to get medical documentation from doctors who are very busy. These and other factors play a part in how fast we can complete your case. Mediation or arbitration may significantly speed up settlement of a case.
Q: How will I be kept informed about my case? A: You will be actively involved in the preparation of your case and will know its status at all times. We encourage our clients to speak with us directly whenever they would like an update regarding their case. From time to time information will be sent to you from the office which will also keep you informed of your case status.
Q: What do I do when I have a question? A: We are interested in your questions and we want you to feel free to ask them. Because we are often in court, it may not be possible for you to talk directly to counsel every time you call. For that reason, you should feel completely comfortable communicating with your paralegal. You should talk with them freely and openly and direct any questions to them. If the questions are legal in nature, they will advise counsel who will consult with you directly.
Q: How do I know what amount is fair for a settlement? A: Counsel will explain clearly to you the factors which play a part in evaluating a claim. Counsel will make recommendations to you and try to clearly explain to you the reasons for the recommendations. Since counsel has experience in settling cases and knows what juries and judges will generally award in a similar case, clients usually follow our recommendations.
Q: Are legal assistants lawyers? A: No. Legal assistants are highly qualified and experienced members of your litigation team. They assist counsel prepare lawsuits by doing investigations, medical research, legal research and other important support work. They cannot give legal advice. When it is necessary for you to have legal advice, the assistant will consult with a lawyer immediately. However, in the day-to-day preparation of your claim, you should give the legal assistants all of the cooperation you possibly can. It is to your benefit to work with them.
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