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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CIVIL CASE AND CRIMINAL CASE?
In civil cases, one party is trying to resolve a dispute between private parties, while in criminal matters, the government is prosecuting someone accused of committing a crime.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “COSTS” AND “FEES”?
Costs are the expenses involved in a legal matter. They include such items as court reporters, service fees to the state, expert witness fees and the like. Costs do not include attorney compensation.
Fees are the compensation paid to an attorney for legal services. They may be based on an hourly rate, flat rate or contingent basis.
HOW WILL I BE BILLED?
The law firm maintains an accurate record of the legal services that are provided in connection with your case. A monthly statement will be mailed to you for the work done on your case during the preceding month. The monthly statement will also include a list of any costs advanced by the law firm, such as deposition fees, recording fees and the like, and any expenses we incur on your behalf such as postage, photocopying and/or fax charges.
In Contingent Fee cases, a monthly billing for any costs and expenses incurred may be mailed to you. These costs and expenses are to be paid by you when you receive the bill. At the conclusion of your case, a final accounting for the percentage of your recovery will be provided to you.
WILL I BE KEPT INFORMED ABOUT MY LEGAL MATTER?
We will send you copies of all pertinent letters, documents, pleadings, briefs and other materials that are received or sent out regarding your case. We make every effort to keep you advised at all times regarding your case.
WILL MY LEGAL MATTER BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
By law, a lawyer cannot be compelled in most situations to divulge information given to him by a client, unless the client agrees to allow the lawyer to do so. Our entire staff knows the importance of keeping a client’s legal matter completely confidential.
Any information given us will be held in confidence and will not be disclosed without your permission. If you desire, any confidential papers given to us by you will be returned to you at the conclusion of your legal matter.
WHAT IS A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?
The statute of limitations places a time limit on how long a person has to file a lawsuit, pursue a claim, or otherwise bring legal action due to wrongful conduct. Various civil actions will have different statutes of limitations. Even a single event can involve different time limitations to file a claim or lawsuit. Because of the different laws concerning statutes of limitations, you should contact our attorneys to discuss your case in more details.
WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY LEGAL MATTER?
One of our attorneys will be primarily responsible for your case at all times. Our trained staff will assist the attorney under that attorney’s direct supervision.
WILL MY CASE BE SETTLED OR WILL A TRIAL BE NECESSARY?
The first duty of the lawyer is to see that a client is given the benefit of all their legal rights. The lawyer is obligated to see that a client receives the best possible legal service. No settlement of any case will be made without the permission of the client. Should the trial be required, you will be told in detail what to expect and will be prepared for the proceedings.
HOW MUCH IS MY CASE WORTH?
Every case is unique. The liability is never exactly the same in any two cases, even if it seems that they are similar.
There is no formula for determining the value of a case. Many factors influence values, including:
The strength of the evidence establishing liability and/or the other party’s defenses.
The nature and extent of the damages.
The jurisdiction where the case is pending (some are much more conservative than others and this affects the value of the case).
Countless other intangible factors which differ from case to case.
MBH Advocates policy is never to give a client or prospective client an evaluation of their case until the firm has had an opportunity to fully evaluate all of the relevant factors. Usually, this means that the value cannot be determined until well after the firm has become involved in the case and has had an opportunity to accumulate the information necessary to make an appropriate evaluation.
WARNING: Be leery of any lawyer or firm that claims that they can evaluate your case based on partial information. Anyone can state inflated values which have no tie to reality. Honest, qualified lawyers like MBH Advocates will not make empty promises, but will only give evaluations when they have enough information to back them up.
CAN THIS FIRM HELP ME WITH OTHER LEGAL NEEDS?
Should you have another matter where you need legal help, you may see a different attorney for your initial consultation. This is done in order to utilize the attorney who focuses his practice in the relevant field of law. This is done so that you receive the benefit of having the best-qualified people in our law firm help you.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and aims to assist two or more disputants in reaching an agreement. Whether an agreement results or not, and whether the content of that agreement, the parties themselves determine, rather than accepting something imposed by a third party. Mediation is routinely ordered by the Court and usually as a precondition to holding the trial. If that is one of the options in your case, your lawyer will discuss it with you.
WHAT IS ARBITRATION?
The arbitration is an agreement between the parties of the contract, whether in the basic contract or a subsequent agreement, including the presentation of the conflict that may arise in the implementation of a specific contract to an arbitrator or more arbitrators, as it may be agreed to arbitration in a particular dispute under special conditions.
WHAT IS AN APPEAL?
Appeal means reviewing by the Court of Appeal to the legal issues arising from decisions taken by the trial judge. The appeal is not a new trial. No evidences should be presented therewith. Instead, the Court of Appeals shall consider whether the court properly ruled on the legal case or not. Appeal is a mean of ordinary challenge against judgments whereby the subject of the case is reviewed pursuant to the principle of litigation in order to correct the mistakes in the judgments issued by the court of first instance. In addition, to give the chance to litigants for presenting their new defenses and pleadings, knowing that the case is transferred in its current condition in appeal. This is known as the impact transferred to appeal.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WHEN MEETING AN ATTORNEY?
You must provide the lawyer with all the supporting documents and evidence which support your position; Attorneys may conduct their own search to obtain any necessary documentation and evidence to support your claim. However, the more you bring with you, the less work your attorney will have to do and the faster they can process your claim. Consider bringing any documents, evidence or other paperwork related to your injury in any way whatsoever. Some of this material may include: hospital bills, medical reports, police reports, eyewitness information, photos of the scene, photos of injury and property damage and anything else you think may be relevant. Basically, the more information you can provide, the easier it will be for an attorney to determine whether you have a case.
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS A CLIENT?
Our job is to help you in your case. Your job is to help us to do that. A client is asked to cooperate by providing information and materials that we request in a timely manner, by showing up for appointments and depositions, and by attending the court if required.
The full extent of your and our responsibilities in your case will be set forth in our retainer agreement.
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