General Questions & Answers on Florida Law
If you believe you have a legal claim, or want to know what to expect if you take legal action, contact the Law Offices of Theodore Enfield for answers to your questions and concerns.
Do I have the legal right to pursue a claim?
Yes. If you are facing a family or divorce issue (or any legal issue for that matter), you have the right to file a claim. You should work with attorneys in Boca Raton, FL to follow the appropriate steps for filing your legal claim.
Will I need an attorney?
Your case will most likely require the services of a Boca Raton lawyer. You will find that an attorney will benefit you and your case in numerous ways. You will have someone to represent you and support you during the course of your case proceedings. This will help to produce a positive outcome.
How much is my case worth?
We cannot estimate how much your case is worth. Although Florida laws are universal to Florida issues, each case has different details, evidences, and testimonies. As such, cases are worth different amounts of settlements.
How do I afford contingency fees?
A contingency fee is paid to our Boca Raton, FL law firm if (and only if) we are successful with your case. A portion of your settlement will be deducted for our services.
Who affords my expenses if I lose?
If your case is unsuccessful, you will have to seek alternative ways to pay for your expenses, including support from your insurance carrier and/or support from loved ones.
Will I have to go to court?
If we are unable to reach a favorable settlement, your case will most likely go to trial. This will involve traditional court proceedings.
Should I pursue a lawsuit?
If your rights have been seriously violated or if you suffer catastrophic harm because of the actions of another individual or entity, we recommend pursuing a lawsuit.
What is a statute of limitations and how will it affect my case?
Florida’s statutes of limitations govern the specific timeframe that residents have to file a claim or lawsuit. Most statutes allot for a couple of years following an incident for individuals to take action. Once a designated time period expires, you will be unable to carry your case forward.
Do statutes of limitations vary?
Yes. States have varying statutes of limitations for different types of legal issues. It is best to pursue a claim in the state that you are a resident in. Speak to one of our attorneys to learn about the statutes of limitations that may govern the steps that you can take for your case.
Are there advantages to settling out of court?
Yes. Settling out of court allows for a smoother, quicker, simpler and more private process.
What types of damages are recoverable in a lawsuit, Does these include attorney’s fees?
It is possible to recover economic and noneconomic damages in a lawsuit. Economic damages may include factors such as medical expenses, burial expenses, and lost wages. Noneconomic damages often refer to general pain and suffering resulting from an issue, such as a loss of companionship or support.
If your suit is successful, you will most likely not receive additional payment to cover attorney fees. However, most successful settlements provide enough compensation to ensure that you are able to properly pay for all of your expenses relating to your case. There are cases in which opposing parties enter into binding contracts that specify that attorney fees will be paid directly by the opposing party in the event that the individual or entity is proven to be at fault.
How does arbitration work?
Arbitration is a process that allows individuals to meet regularly with a third-party professional. During these meetings, opposing parties present information and evidence to an arbitrator, who presides over the meetings and makes decisions similar to the duties performed by a judge. Upon receiving all relevant details from the parties involved, the arbitrator arrives at a governing solution.
What is litigation?
Litigation is the term utilized to describe the pursuit of any sort of legal action, including claims, lawsuits and tactics employed inside of courtrooms for representation, advocacy and defense purposes.
How will collaborative law be applied to my case?
Collaborative law is a type of law that is commonly applied to divorce cases. It requires a process in which individuals are able to derive at solutions collectively. This is done through careful mediation and negotiation techniques, as well as the open willingness of opposing parties to tackle issues collaboratively for the greater good.
Does my attorney have the right to settle my case without my consent?
No. Your attorney needs your permission to settle your case or perform any sort of major decision/act on your behalf. If an attorney settles your case without your consent, he/she is not adhering to proper codes of legal ethics and professionalism.
How will I pay for an attorney’s time and services?
Most issues that we address call for contingency fees. This means that you pay for our time and services from your settlement award.
What expenses should I expect?
You should speak to your attorney to determine the type of expenses that may be involved in handling your case. There are fees associated with investigations, gathering evidence, and being represented during private meetings and in court. Generally, the more time and the higher scope of work that is required for your case equates to more expensive fees.
For more general information, be sure to visit the Law Offices of Theodore Enfield today.