Is litigation a quick fix?
Usually not. Small Claims (General Sessions) court is faster; however, the length of litigation is rarely predictable. However, in over 60% to 70% of our cases, it is the BEST course necessary, and we have tried hundreds of cases and argued many appeals, both federal and state. We strive to continually evaluate whether litigation is the best course necessary, versus settlement.
When should I contact an attorney?
Immediately, when you realize that you have a legal issue. There are statutes of limitations and, at times, administrative hurdles that may block your claim. Moreover, your attorney needs time to prepare. The best thing you can do, versus waiting, is to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
What should I bring to my first visit with an attorney?
All of the paperwork that you have. All medical documents, if relevant. Pictures and Videos. Anything else that helps to paint a clearer picture of the situation. We keep your original file intact, as it is your possession, and a scanned file for our reference.
Why do I need an attorney?
It really depends on the case. If you are a professional contract drafter and analyst for a major corporation, you may just need some brief oversight to ensure you are complying with the rules of the jurisdiction. In Personal Injury cases, you need a buffer between you and the insurance company while you are recuperating, versus dealing with them on your own. In complicated cases, you need someone who understands the rules and what the court needs to see. In criminal law, the old saying goes, "A person who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client." You will never come out ahead alone in that area.