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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find a list of answers to common questions you may have before contacting an attorney to seek legal counsel.

Why Does Leech, Scherbel & Peddicord Now Redirect To Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte?

The Zanesville law firm of Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte and the Coshocton law firm of Leech, Scherbel & Peddicord have recently merged into one firm.

The resulting merged firm is known as Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam & Dal Ponte. The merged firm has possession of all of the documents, files, original wills, paperwork, and records of the former Leach, Scherbel & Peddicord law firm.

The merged firm maintains the offices at 240 South Fourth Street in Coshocton and at 320 Main Street in Zanesville. Paul Scherbel and Randy Peddicord are members of the merged firm and can be reached as usual at the Coshocton location. The two firms have come together to provide enhanced and continuing service to all their clients and to other folks in the community who need legal services. We have partnered and grown to serve you better.

What Type Of Payment Arrangements Do You Accept?

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

What 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.

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

Do You Charge For Telephone Conferences?

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

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 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.

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.