When we meet a new client for the first time, we are frequently asked some of the same questions. It’s not uncommon and perfectly natural to be concerned about things like merits of the case itself or associated costs. We thought it would be helpful to compile several FAQs. You’ll want to look for Part 1 as well, where we discussed the merits of a case and the projected time from filing to settlement or trial.
What will I have to do to get ready for my case?
There are many things you can and should do to prepare yourself for your court case.
On the front end, you will need to collect your documents. This includes any original receipts, journal or diary entries, photos, medical Explanation of Benefits, police reports and any other evidence that supports your case. You will need to answer the other side’s written questions, and help your legal team identify and any witnesses and people who can testify about what you’ve gone through.
You will give your deposition.
Be present at trial.
Arrive at the courthouse 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Clear security. Find your courtroom or meet your attorney at a predetermined location. Remove your hat, dispose of chewing gum and silence your cell phone! Show respect for the judge. Speak clearly when asked or prompted to speak. A nod or head shake doesn’t count as a response.
What will it cost me?
Kansas City’s Protzman Law Firm believes in offering flexible fee agreements. We often work with a split fee agreement or a reduced contingency negotiation. We pride ourselves on offering sophisticated legal representation under flexible contingency and blended fee agreements. What do these terms mean to you?
Fee splitting agreements
These occur when an attorney meets with a client but believes that the client would be better served by another attorney. If we cannot help you, we will do our best to connect you with a proper attorney for your matter.
Reduced contingency percentage
This is an alternative lawyer fee agreement, and may allow you to keep more of your injury settlement money or court award in your pocket under certain circumstances. For example, where the client agrees to pay the case expenses during the work-up of the case, we may be able to agree to reduce our standard contingency fees, since the client is bearing some of the risk of the litigation along with us.
Blended fees in our practice occur where we might take a reduced hourly rate for our time spent handling the case as well as a reduced contingency fee. This generally requires a client who is capable and willing to pay as the case moves along and, in return, they are able to keep more of any settlement or judgment that might occur at the conclusion of the case.