Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions commonly asked when hiring an attorney.

Choosing the right lawyer is a very important decision. Referrals from friends or co-workers are a great start, but the best course of action is for you to make sure you have the right attorney for your specific situation. Here are some questions that we’re commonly asked when people are considering our firm for legal representation. If you don’t see your question listed, call, text or email us. We’re here to help.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is the deadline to file a lawsuit after you have suffered some type of harm. There are different time limits for each kind of lawsuit and they vary from state to state. Typically, if you miss the deadline, you will lose your legal right to file a lawsuit. However, every situation is different, and we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your potential legal options.

Before I decide to hire you, can I talk to you about my case?

Yes. We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation where you can explain your situation and we can evaluate the merits of your potential case. After this initial consultation, you can determine if you want to engage our firm to represent you in your legal matter. Hiring an attorney is a big decision and it’s important you are comfortable and confident in the lawyer you choose.

Should you decide to hire us, we will send you our contract and any other paperwork needed for your claim. Once we have received your signed contract and paperwork, we can immediately start working on your case. If for some reason we aren’t able to assist you, we are usually able to provide you with a referral of someone who can.

Will I owe you anything up-front or out of pocket?

In a contingent fee contract, we will cover all of the expenses related to your case. If we successfully resolve your case, the total cost of these expenses will be deducted from the final award. It’s important to note that if we do not successfully resolve your case, you do not owe our law firm these expenses back. It is always our goal to keep expenses related to your case as reasonable as possible.

Case expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Court filing fees
  • Court reporter fees
  • Expert witness fees
  • Copy and postage costs
  • Medical record costs
  • Travel costs

Who will work on my case?

A lead attorney from our firm will handle your claim, but more than likely several attorneys will collaborate on your case. In addition to our attorneys, we have a strong litigation support team that plays a pivotal role in the progression of your case. Our litigation team is available to provide case updates and answer your questions at any time. Learn more about our attorneys.

How often will I be updated on the progress of my case?

Client communication is extremely important to us. We take pride in the fact that you have chosen our law firm to represent you during this time and we make ourselves available to answer your questions and address any concerns. We understand the frustration that comes with unreturned phone calls and emails, so we’ll do everything in our power to be available to you when needed. Also, we will contact you immediately with any significant news or case-related updates.

What is discovery?

Discovery occurs during the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit in order to gather information about the case and obtain evidence from the opposing party.

The different types of discovery include:

  • Depositions – Live testimony, under oath, that takes place before trial. Depositions usually take place in an attorney’s office with a court reporter present to record the questioning.
  • Requests for Production – One party requests documents, including e-mails or other electronic information, from the opposing party.
  • Interrogatories – Written questions, which must be answered under oath, presented to the opposing party.

Discovery is an extremely complex process and can be one of the most time consuming aspects of a lawsuit.

Why would I settle my case instead of going to trial?

We understand that the decision to settle your case or continue with trial can be difficult. There are often many factors to weigh.

Unfortunately, there is no way to predict a jury’s verdict or to guarantee a trial’s outcome. In many instances, reaching a settlement is in the client’s best interest because it costs less, takes less time, and avoids the uncertainty that goes along with trial.

That being said, at McDonald Law Firm we are true trial lawyers. We prepare each of our cases as if we are going to trial and we will not hesitate to confidently continue with a trial if a proper settlement can’t be reached.

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