Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions
What is your fee basis on personal injury cases?
Although we will consider accepting a personal injury case upon an hourly rate basis, most of our clients prefer for us to pursue their claims on what is known as a contingency fee basis. Simply put, a contingency fee basis means you do not owe us a fee unless and until we make a recovery for you. Once a recovery is made, our fee is based upon a previously agreed percentage of the total settlement which we recover for you.
How much do you charge for an initial consultation for personal injury cases?
We never charge a fee for an initial consultation on a personal injury case, regardless of whether we accept your case or not. Moreover, if you cannot meet with us during regular business hours or at our offices, we will meet with you at a time and place that is convenient for you.
How long will it take before my case is resolved?
The resolution of each case depends upon the particular facts and circumstances of each case and whether it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit in order to pursue your claim. We will endeavor to resolve your claim as quickly as possible; however, we will not rush your claim simply for the sake of bringing it to a rapid conclusion. Oftentimes our clients’ injuries take months to fully resolve – and sometimes years – and it is our policy not to settle a claim before the full nature and extent of our clients’ injuries and damages are ascertained.
Will my case go to trial?
The vast majority of cases (approximately 95 percent in our practice) eventually settle without going to trial. Some settle without the necessity of filing a lawsuit, and some settle only after a lawsuit is filed and extensive discovery takes place. Nonetheless, we treat each case from the onset as if it were going to trial so that we are fully prepared in the event a trial becomes necessary.
What should I do if I have been injured and I am not sure whether I want to hire an attorney?
Personal injury law is very complex, and in most cases there are very strict time limits within which you must file a claim. If you fail to initiate your claim within the prescribed time period for your particular type of case, you will be forever barred from bringing your claim. Thus, the only safe course of action is to consult with an attorney who has experience handling personal injury claims. Since memories fade, critical witnesses disappear and documentary evidence becomes lost or destroyed, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you sustain an injury. The insurance companies have experienced attorneys who protect and represent their interests; shouldn’t you as well?
What is your fee basis for non-personal injury cases?
The fee basis for non-personal injury cases is either an hourly rate or a flat-fee rate to be agreed upon in an initial consultation.
How much do you charge for an initial consultation for non-personal injury cases?
There is no charge for an initial consultation that is limited to discussing employment. If legal advice is provided in a limited consultation, fees will be charged as agreed upon.
How are charges determined for probate matters?
Charges are made as agreed upon for probate matters on the same basis as all other non-personal injury cases. We never charge based on a percentage of the estate value unless that is preferred by the personal representative.