1. Do I have a case?
Answer: Only after review and analysis of your personal situation can a lawyer render an opinion regarding your potential case. There are many factual considerations and legal issues that operate to establish liability and/or damages. Please contact us and tell us about the facts of your case in order to decide together the best way to proceed.
2. Do you provide free initial consultation?
Answer: Yes. When we receive a telephone call or other communication from you, typically one of our qualified staff will conduct a preliminary interview to determine the nature of your case and obtain your contact information. One of our attorneys' will thereafter provide a free initial consultation and discuss your case further.
Answer: The deadline for you to file a lawsuit is set forth in the California Code of Civil Procedure under a statute called the "statute of limitations." Depending upon the nature of your case, different statutes of limitations may apply to your case. Call us to learn more.
4. I want to fire my current attorney. Will you take over the case?
Answer: In many cases, yes. Typically attorneys who have been terminated by their clients maintain a claim against the case for recovery of attorneys' fees and/or costs. The potential for litigation with your prior attorney and payment of attorneys' fees and costs to the prior attorney will affect our ability to accept the case. We will evaluate the conduct of the prior attorney, the claim of the attorney for fees, and the likely recovery on the case in order to determine what course of action would be in your and the firm's best interests.
5. Will I win my case?
Answer: Our firm has a highly successful track record and a well earned reputation for achieving successful results for its clients. However, attorneys are precluded by the California Rules of Professional Responsibility from guaranteeing or promising a particular outcome in a case. Be wary of any attorney who guarantees you a particular result.
Answer: The rates charged vary according to the nature and complexity of the case, the experience level of the attorney to which the case is assigned, and the amount of time and effort anticipated to be put into the case. The rates to be charged on your particular case will typically be discussed with you during your free initial consultation.
7. Do you take plaintiff's cases on a contingency fee basis?
Answer: Yes. We evaluate each case on an individual basis to determine whether we will require payment of an hourly rate or alternatively if the firm is willing to defer payment until after the case is over and accept a percentage of the monies recovered.
8. How long will it take to resolve my case?
Answer: The time to resolve cases varies according to many factors such as how strong the case is, the availability of insurance, and the willingness of the parties to compromise. Many times cases can settle in less than 6 months. If a trial becomes necessary, the average time that a case takes to resolve is 1-3 years.
9. Will I have to go to trial on my case?
Answer: Nationally, over 90% of all legal cases settle prior to trial. Notwithstanding, our philosophy is to prepare each case as if we are going to trial and we stand ready, willing and able to proceed to trial if settlement cannot be reached.
Answer: In addition to providing legal services in connection with a lawsuit, our firm provides consultation to its clients on how to reduce the potential for being sued in the future. These services may including preparation or modification of written contracts to include liability limiting provisions, asset protection strategies, obtaining additional insurance coverage and/or advising clients to change certain aspects of the way they conduct business. Please contact us to discuss your personal situation, needs and concerns.