Why should I hire a lawyer?

You don’t have to. You may represent yourself as a pro se individual. Some people are articulate enough and can learn enough to adequately represent themselves, but this is not advisable. You have significantly less resources than a lawyer not to mention the skills, the relationships in the courthouse and experience. There is a saying, “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” Personally, I would never represent myself.

How do I get started?

You call and make an appointment. For most cases, a brief initial phone consultation is required to see if I am the right attorney to help. If a follow up appointment is needed in person or via teleconference, that can be arranged.

What types of information do you need from the me to get started?
For a traffic or criminal case, I would need all charging documents (basically anything the jail gave you when you were released from the jail
For a Personal Injury case, we’ll need to know more personal information about you, how the accident happened, your own insurance and coverage, the other party (at fault party) insurance and contact information, any reports, police reports, hospital records, treatment records, etc. But, we can obtain most of those items along the way during the course of representation.

For a bankruptcy case, I need to know which type of chapter 7 bankruptcy you are seeking. E.G. is it a personal or business filing. Is it a joint or single filing. Then, we would have an initial consultation where I would send a questionnaire to see if you’re eligible for the relief you want. I’ll do a credit report check and go over all your assets.or your ticket if you were pulled over). Other items we’ll need on a case by case basis.
How do you decide what types of cases to accept?

If we do not have a connection or I feel you will not be a good client, I will decline representation.
With regard to personal injury cases, I only handle cases where liability is already established. This means, you have a winning case and all that depends on now is how much of a settlement I can obtain for you.

What courts do you primarily work at?

I am licensed in Virginia and admitted to practice in all federal and state county jurisdictions. I am most familiar with counties in Northern Virginia such as Fairfax, Prince William, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun, Faquier and Stafford.

How wilI I be kept informed about my case?

We largely communicate by email unless there is something that requires a quicker response. Generally , we update the client on anything relevant to their case in advance or as soon as we know so that they can prepare as well.
Unless there are any updates or anything that is time-sensitive, we won’t reach out, but if the client has any questions or concerns along the way, they are always welcome to contact me.

Does it matter how long i wait to file a lawsuit?

Yes it matters for personal injury cases because of the 2 year statute of linitations. If that time passes, you lose your right to sue and your case isn’t worth anything.

Do all cases go to trial?

No. Most cases are settled because the facts are not in our favor and the risks are far greater than the possible reward. It is my job to help my client understand those risks and advise accordingly.

How much can i expect to win?

Winning isn’t always quantifiable. The saying, “A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush” is very true for any case where you are suing for money. If you lose, you get nothing.

How accessible are you?

I am available by phone during normal business hours and I check my email throughout the day. If a voice message is left after hours or on the weekend, I will return your call the same day.

Can we meet in person for a consultation?

Under normal circumstances, yes. I encourage that we meet in person so that we can see if a connection exists. Even though you want to hire me, I may not want you as a client if I feel you are not going to cooperate with me.
Currently due to COVID-19, for the safety of myself and my staff, consultations are only by phone or by video camera.

How many years of experience do you have?

I have 10 years of experience. My partner who is of counsel has over 37 years of experience in the same areas of practice.

How many cases have you handled?

I have handled over 2,000 cases during my career.

What will the legal service cost?

Payment plans are not generally offered for flat fee cases such as Traffic & criminal cases or bankruptcy cases. However, we understand that you may not be able to pay the entire fee at once, so we offer certain discounts to military, first responders, teachers and students. But, if a client wishes to hire and cannot pay in full, generally half the payment is required to be retained and their court date to be held or for work to begin on a bankruptcy case.

What do i get for my attorney's fee?

My analysis of their case
Diligence in case preparation
My counsel in what to do
A result based on the facts and client’s ability to produce information or complete tasks as assigned.

What other costs are there?

In a flat fee case, other costs are usually mentioned upfront, but if there are additional costs, they are not paid to the attorney but for special needs that the client’s case may require. Such as, a drug screening, or need for a court reporter or any unforeseen motions due to a complication in the case.

What about litigation or out of pocket expenses?

If a case goes to trial and needs to be litigated, in a flat fee case, that is accounted for and there would not be an additional fee. Pocket costs could include client’s parking in a garage at the courthouse or tolls along the way. Also, the need for copies of a prior case or report to be procured for trial.