Your General Legal Questions Answered
Why do I need an attorney?
Regardless of the type of accident, you should call an attorney immediately to protect your interests. Do not give the other person’s insurance company a statement until you have consulted with an attorney.
How do I choose an attorney?
Florida has more than 106,000 licensed attorneys practicing in the state. You should focus on attorneys qualified to handle your type of case. The best recommendations come from your friends, family, and attorneys you may have worked with in the past. You can also contact the Florida Lawyer Referral Service maintained as a public service by The Florida BAR at 1-800-342-8011, contact your local BAR Association or your local Legal Aid Society.
How do I pay for an attorney?
Prospective charges will be discussed at the first meeting with the attorney. Once agreed upon, they will be documented in writing as part of the contract. Murray Guari Trial Attorneys works on contingency basis, meaning that the firm advances the expenses which will be paid back at a fixed percentage from a portion of the client’s recovery, if the case is won. An attorney’s services normally involve research, investigation and case preparation. Most of the work is done after the client leaves the attorney’s office and it can be very time-consuming. To learn more about attorney fees, please visit the FLABAR website.
Who will work on my case?
If Murray Guari represents you, you will be assigned one of the attorney partners; Scott C. Murray, Jason J. Guari or Scott B. Perry. They will be responsible for your entire case. Working with your assigned attorney is a designated paralegal who will assist the attorney in research, interviewing, case management and trial preparation. Also depending on the nature of your case, the firm may work with experts in health, technology, or other necessary industry.
Will I have access to my attorney?
At Murray Guari, there will be times that your attorney will be in court, depositions and in meetings. When this happens, you can ask for your assigned paralegal to assist you. If you still wish to speak directly to your attorney, they will take your calls when available and they will timely return your calls when they are not available.
What will my attorney need from me?
Be organized when you first meet with the attorney. It is important to have with you a written summary or detailed notes outlining your problem; the names, addresses and phone numbers of all parties and witnesses and their attorneys and insurance companies if you know them; and all documents which may relate to your case such as receipts, contracts, medical bills, repair estimates, checks, etc.
What is a deposition?
A deposition is given under oath in front of a certified court reporter. You will be asked by opposing attorneys, a wide range questions regarding your claim. Your attorney will be present with you during the entire proceeding.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Each case is individual. Cases can last for several months or even up to several years depending on your case’s circumstances. Your attorney will discuss your case specifics.
Can the attorney settle my case without me knowing?
No, your attorney can not settle your case without your approval. Only you have the right to make the final decision regarding settlement of your case. Your attorney will notify you of all other offers of settlement before and after the trial. You should consult with your attorney regarding whether to accept a settlement.