HOW DO I PAY FOR MY LEGAL FEES?

Payment of legal fees varies depending upon the type of case.  We take certain types of cases on a contingency fee basis which means that if there is no monetary recovery, you owe us nothing for our services.  We take other types of cases on an hourly basis, and you may be required to pay a retainer amount in advance to be credited against the time spent on your case.  You may receive periodic billing statements showing amounts due on your account which you will need to pay upon receipt.  Some cases we may take on the basis of a flat fee.  Your attorney will explain the fee arrangement which is applicable to your type of case, and you will sign a fee agreement before we undertake to represent you in your case


HOW DO I PAY FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE CASE?

We may advance the expenses of the case on certain types of cases when there is   expected to be a recovery from which we will be reimbursed.  You may be required to pay certain expenses in advance or when they are incurred.


WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept debit cards, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), personal checks, and of course, cash.


DO YOU CHARGE FOR AN INITIAL OFFICE CONFERENCE?

It depends on the nature of your case.  You should clarify your type of case when you schedule your appointment, and the attorney’s assistant will advise you as to whether there will be a fee for the initial conference and the amount.

WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO YOUR OFFICE DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS?

We can arrange evening or weekend appointments.  We also can come to your nursing home, hospital room or home if necessary.  Phone conferences are sometimes an option as well.

DO YOU CHARGE FOR TELEPHONE CONFERENCES?

Yes, if the case is billed hourly based upon the fee agreement.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER YOU WILL TAKE MY CASE?

We may decline to become involved in your case for a number of reasons. However, we have been evaluating cases since 1962 and your expectations are very important in our decision whether or not to undertake representation.  Our goal is to have a satisfied client upon completion of the case and this objective is more likely to be achieved if the results expected by the client are realistic.

WHO FROM YOUR LAW FIRM WILL WORK ON MY CASE?

You will have one attorney primarily assigned to your case.  However, there may be other attorneys in the firm who also work on your case.  One of the benefits of our law firm is that attorneys have different areas of specialty which may be of benefit to your case.  Also, your primary attorney may have a scheduling conflict which prevents him or her from appearing in court on your case.  A postponement of the court date can be avoided by having another attorney appear on your behalf.  There will also be legal support staff working as part of an integral team to bring your case to a successful conclusion.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE WE GO TO TRIAL?

We handle cases in different courts.  The appropriate court is determined by a number of factors including the nature of the case.  Each court differs in the amount of time it will take to bring a case to trial.  Once we know what court we are in, we will be in a better position to estimate the time to trial.

IF THERE IS A TRIAL, WILL I NEED TO BE THERE?

Yes, if there is a trial, you must be present.

WHAT IS A DEPOSITION?

During the course of your case you may have to give a deposition.  A deposition is a statement given under oath before a certified court reporter.  Normally you give your deposition in response to questions asked by an attorney representing another party in the case.  An attorney from this office will be present to provide you with representation when your deposition is taken.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A CASE SETTLED?

Not all cases go to trial.  In fact, most cases are settled before trial.  A settlement is an agreement involving at least two parties to a case which usually results in the payment of money in exchange for the dismissal of a claim.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY CASE HAS BEEN SETTLED?

No case is ever settled without the approval of the client.  You will be informed whenever settlement negotiations are initiated, and it is only with your full participation and consent that your case will be settled.

IF YOU HANDLED A CASE AGAINST ME IN THE PAST, CAN YOU REPRESENT ME NOW?

The answer is it depends.  We must protect the confidences of our clients and our loyalty to individual clients cannot be compromised.  If we are able to become involved in your case without creating a conflict of interest between you and another client, we may be able to provide you with representation.