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Your Guide To Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury cases are always delicate issues mainly because they are emotionally-charged because of injuries sustained by one party through no fault of theirs. It is for this reason that when you feel that your rights have been abused and you have been hurt in the process, you need to seek legal advice and find out what your options are.

However, before you seek legal advice, have your injuries checked and treated by a doctor. It would be best to seek professional attention so you can get proper medical records of your immediate and future treatments, if needed.

What to Prepare for Your First Meeting

Aside from the basic paper and pen, it would help if you can bring the following documents with you as well. By doing this, you save time and the need for a second consultation. The first meeting would be sufficient in substance with these documents because it will give the lawyer something to study and assess other than your verbal testimony.

  • Medical records: emergency treatment, receipts, doctor’s diagnosis and recommendation for treatment, lab reports
  • Police report or any other official document detailing the events that happened leading to the injury
  • Name of the other party and any details or documents like photocopy of ID
  • Witness testimonies in writing
  • Insurance papers
  • Calendar or timeline of your routine and how the injury has affected your income

Questions to Ask

The first meeting with a personal injury lawyer is usually friendly, professional, and has a let’s- get- down-to-business approach which should work very well for you in addressing your most urgent concerns. Some of the questions you should ask include:

  1. Do I have a good case?
  2. What is your professional opinion on the time it would take to resolve this case – best and worst scenarios?
  3. What is your case percentage on personal injury?
  4. Do you recommend settlement or going to court? What is the best that I can get in damages or compensation?
  5. Can you give me an assessment of all the legal costs and expenses I will have to pay for including advance fees, court costs, legal fees, expert fees, out of pocket and miscellaneous fees?
  6. Do you offer contingency fee and if so, what is your percentage?
  7. Will you be my lawyer or will I be referred to someone else?
  8. What is your policy on personal injury cases in terms of communications with the client?

Finally, you should ask the lawyer what his legal advice is on your situation. A good lawyer will always be honest and upfront with you. At Mullowney’s Law, we are dedicated to giving the best legal advice to the people in Ottawa. For your free consultation, call us and let us assess your situation. We truly believe in fighting for the rights of people who have been unjustly injured or misled.

Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer

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Many people talk about the need for having a real estate lawyer when you buy a house, but they don’t understand that you also need one when you sell. A real estate lawyer can help guide a seller through the home sales process and ensure the sale is completed correctly.

When you decide to sell your house, you should seek advice from a real estate lawyer. If you believe there are any issues surrounding y our property or the deed this is an important step. You don’t want to have issues arise when you have an interested buyer. It’s better to handle these issues up front.

The lawyer can research your deed and property to ensure all your paperwork is complete. If there are any issues they can help you take the steps needed to solve the problem. While some of these issues can be resolved quickly, other problems may take weeks or months to straighten out.

During the sales process, a real estate lawyer can help review your offers. They can read through the terms of the purchase contracts to make sure you’re only agreeing to the things you want. They can also explain the implications of the various terms that may be listed on the seller’s contract.

The real estate lawyer will work with your real estate agent, the buyer’s attorney and you to ensure all the necessary paperwork and financing is in place before the closing date. They will review all the paperwork to ensure the paperwork is correct.

At closing, the lawyer will distribute the funds and exchange the paperwork that transfers ownership of your property. Sure, you can do this without a lawyer, but in each of these steps, there are many things that can go wrong. By hiring an attorney you stand the best chance of things going right.

Why Hire A Business Lawyer

When you want to learn about business law, there can be a few obstacles. Namely, there’s a great deal of misinformation on the internet. It can seem tempting to think that there’s a huge amount of knowledge available for free online, and while that is true, it can be hard to sort through honest information and what’s false information if you’re not a professional.

This is why it’s so important to hire a professional when you want to learn about business law. Yes, professionals can be incredibly expensive. They can also be time consuming, because you might need your situation dealt with immediately even though there aren’t any business lawyers available.

Sadly, there’s no cure for knowledge and experience. When you hire a business lawyer, you’re hiring someone who has tried cases in a court of law. You’re hiring someone who has experience not just with the knowledge of the law, but also with how to read judges and opposing lawyers. Not only that, but they may well have a working relationship with the judge. After all, they work in the court system, it’s likely they try cases with particular judges on a regular basis.

This means that if you try to do your own business law, you may wind up going in cold. You won’t have anyone backing you, and you won’t have anyone who’s able to help you navigate the more difficult parts of the law.

With a proper business lawyer on your side, however, you’ll be able to have someone keep you from hitting the most treacherous paths. You’ll have someone who knows how to talk to the judge. And, perhaps most importantly, you’ll have someone who’s familiar not just with the letter of the law but the actual application. That is absolutely worth the price of admission.