Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How will I contact you?
As a firm of full-time litigators & trial attorneys, your attorney is often out of the office. When in the office he will often be engaged in calls with the court, other attorneys, clients, witnesses, etc. This means that when you call your attorney, chances are he won’t be able to speak with you immediately. However, our very experienced and highly professional staff can answer your questions, schedule appointments, share information and provide updates. If you have a question for your lawyer that one of our staff cannot answer or you just want to speak with your lawyer, the staff will schedule an appointment for you to speak with your attorney as quickly as he is available.
What are my responsibilities as a plaintiff?
If your case proceeds to litigation, that is if we have to file a lawsuit on your behalf, there are a few things we will need from you. First, we need your availability. As a client and a plaintiff, there is little you can do to speed along the inherently slow process of your lawsuit, but there are many things you can do or fail to do which will slow it down.
- You will need to respond to questions and requests during the discovery phase. We need you to provide us everything we ask you to produce, whether you think it is relevant to the case or not.
- Be available for deposition if requested. Our attorneys will prepare you for the questions the other side will likely ask and be with you during the entire process.
- If mediation makes sense for your case, you must be available to participate. Because this process involves making an important life decision, your attorney will be there with you providing you advice throughout and speaking on your behalf.
- If a settlement cannot be reached, your case may have to proceed to trial. If your case does proceed to trial you will need to be available to prepare for it with your attorney. You will also need to be available and in the courtroom for the duration of your trial.
How do the lawyers get paid?
Integrity is our core value at CalderonBarton. So, we want to make sure clients understand these issues upfront. Contingency fees are not unique to CalderonBarton. This is how the costs/fees would be handled by any law firm (that we are aware of) that would take your case on contingency. The difference with CalderonBarton is that we want to make sure that you understand this from the very outset of the case.
If a monetary settlement or judgment is reached, certain fees and expenses will be deducted before money is remitted to the client.
Contingency cases mean there is no money paid by you upfront for lawyers’ time or the myriad expenses such as printing, court fees, medical records, court reporters, experts and other costs needed to prosecute a case to its fullest.
If and only if successful, CalderonBarton will take a percentage of that award as payment for our services. Attorney fees plus the reimbursement of costs will be deducted prior to funds being distributed to the client. Remember, CalderonBarton takes a risk just like you do. We will not agree to take your case if we do not believe we can achieve a favorable result factoring in the necessary costs/fees described.
Will the case go to trial?
We are litigators. We are not afraid to take your case to trial if, at that time, that is in your best interests. Today, most cases achieve a fair settlement, but if we are unable to reach a fair settlement in your case, rest assured we will march into the courtroom and make your case to the jury.
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