NJ Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Immigration Attorneys Answer Your Questions
How much does it cost?
There are several types of fees: a contingency fee, hourly billing and flat fees are the three most commonly encountered. Contingency fees are typically used in personal injury and other types of negligence cases. A detailed list of such cases can be found here. If your case is appropriate for a contingency fee, then no fees are paid to our Firm unless we recover a settlement or judgment for you.
Hourly billing involves the payment of an agreed on hourly rate to the services we render. A flat fee simply means that we have agreed to represent you for a specific amount based on our estimation of the time it may take to complete the work.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes, we offer free consultations on all contingency fee cases as well as on some other types of matters. Some types of cases, such as immigration matters may require payment of a consultation fee. We will advise you of this when you call to schedule an appointment.
Attorneys are expensive. I don’t think I can afford you.
Of course this concern should not apply to any cases handled on a contingency fee since in those cases the fees are paid after the case is resolved in your favor and no lawyer fees are paid until the case is successfully concluded.
In other types of cases, we can usually work with you to put together a payment plan that fits your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask us about such arrangements. We also accept all major credit cards.
What are your hours?
Our usual office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. However, we are available to meet on the weekends and at a time most convenient for you.
How much is my case worth?
This is a common question. Every case is unique and presents a different set of facts and circumstances, which may affect the value of your case. We strongly recommend not discussing the details of your case with anyone not representing you or fully familiar with the facts of your case. This often leads to misconceptions about the value of your case.
I was just arrested, what should I do?
Do not make any statements or speak to anyone who is not your attorney. Remember that anything you say can and will be used against you at trial. What you can say is that you wish to speak to your attorney. Call our office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help.
I was just injured in an accident, what should I do?
It is important that you call us immediately so we can assist in preserving evidence at hand, which could be erased, removed or lost as time passes. Follow these additional steps:
- Take photos at the scene of the accident and your injury if you can. For example, if you fell on ice in a parking lot, and you do not take photos of the ice in the parking lot after the ice melts, there might not be evidence to show the cause of your injury.
- Find out the names of any witnesses that saw the accident or have information about the accident.
- Identify the person who you feel was responsible for your injury.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
- Photographs if you have them.
- A police or incident report if you have one.
- Witness names and contact information, if you have them.
- In the case of a car accident, bring your own automobile insurance policy or the policy of the vehicle owner in the household where you reside.
- Any medical bills, records or reports that pertain to the injuries you suffered.
- Any letters or other documents you may have received from any other persons pertaining to the incident or the injuries you suffered.
- Any court notices or traffic tickets you may have received.