Q. What should I do if I have been injured?
A. First, you should seek medical attention to address your injuries. Then, you should seek competent legal advice to determine whether you have a claim, who is responsible and what compensation may be available for you. A good attorney will also ensure that all relevant evidence is preserved.
Shortly after your accident, you will begin to receive phone calls from insurance companies and interested outside parties. It is important that you obtain a competent attorney who can field those calls and ensure your interests are protected.
Q. What is my case worth?
A. When you are injured and it is someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to recover your past medical bills and expenses; future medical bills and expenses; lost wages; loss of future earning capacity; property damage; partial or total disability; permanent injuries or disfigurement; embarrassment and humiliation; anxiety and depression brought on by the injuries; loss of consortium, which is the loss of the care and companionship of your spouse; as well as any other out-of-pocket expenses.
Q. How long do I have to bring a personal injury lawsuit?
A. Each state has its own time limit from the date of the incident, which is called a “statute of limitations.” In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the time limit is two years from the date of the incident. No matter what state you were injured in, it is important to reach out to a competent attorney and find out what the time limit is to file a lawsuit and what steps needed to be taken.
Q. How much will it cost to bring a personal injury law suit?
A. Our office works on a contingency agreement. This means that we do not get paid unless we win for our clients. At our free initial consultation we will go over all of the fees and costs that accrue during litigation. But, if we do not win for you, you do not pay us anything.
Q. Should I give the insurance company a recorded statement?
A. Not before you speak to a competent attorney who has your best interest in mind. The insurance company representatives are paid to represent the insurance companies and to minimize their payouts. We highly recommend you have a competent attorney looking out for your best
Q. What is estate planning?
A. Estate planning is the process of planning for the transfer of an individual’s assets following his or her passing. It is a very personal process and varies greatly from person to person.
Q. What is a Will?
A. A will is a legal document by which a person makes a distribution of property to take effect after his or her passing. A will may be modified or revoked during the lifetime of its maker.
Q. What happens if someone dies without a Will?
A. If an individual dies without a will, known by the Courts as dying “intestate,” the decisions of how to divide property and distribute assets falls to the state.
Q. What is a Power of Attorney?
A. A power of attorney is a legal document wherein an individual, the “principal” appoints someone who he or she can trust the power to act on the principal’s behalf should the principal become incompetent or unable to manage their own affairs. Powers of Attorney are different than Wills because it is revoked upon the passing of the principal.
Q. Is there anything I should do before purchasing a home?
A. In purchasing a property or home, you will be signing contracts and a substantial amount of money will be involved. Thus, it is a great idea to have a competent and trustworthy attorney by your side to review the contract and the deed. Among the things you need to make sure of is that the contract includes all of the property you anticipate buying, including any appliances or extras that have been negotiated. You should also be aware of anything unique about the property, such as any improvements on the lot, such as fences, pools, sheds, etc., or anything on your property that may encroach upon your neighbor’s property.
Q. What will an attorney do for me?
A. An attorney can review your purchasing document before you sign it to ensure you are buying what you bargained for. Then, he can also review your mortgage loan documents, plat of land survey, title, title insurance and deed. Along with reviewing the pertinent documents, an experienced Real Estate attorney can work with your mortgage loan officer and the home seller’s attorney and agents to make sure all important dates are set in order to avoid you paying extra fees.
Q. - If I purchased a home and found something in the house was faulty when I purchased it, is there anything I can do about it?
A. Yes. You may have a right to some form of recovery through your warranty with the real estate agency. If not, an attorney can assist you in determining who is responsible, what your rights are and how to get you compensated.
Q. Why should I incorporate my business?
A. Among the many reasons to incorporate, the three most common are that owners are able to protect and shield their personal assets from corporate debts and obligations, that forming corporations can create tax benefits, and that corporations have an unlimited life, so they can continue beyond the life of any particular individual until they accomplish their goals, are merged with another company, or go bankrupt.
Q. What is an LLC?
A. A limited liability corporation, or “LLC,” is a corporation that provides owners with the limited liability that all corporations benefit from, but also gives them more flexibility in how they run their day-to-day operations, depending on whether the business is run as a corporation or a partnership. Because of their flexibility, LLC’s can be the ideal form of corporation for many small businesses.
Q. What does it mean to “pierce the corporate veil?”
A. Sometimes courts will allow creditors and plaintiffs to receive compensation from the corporate officers and shareholders directly, rather than limiting recovery to only corporate assets. The two most common instances in which the corporate veil might be pierced by the court, are when the officers or shareholders comingle funds from the corporation with individual funds, or when the corporation was found to be a sham that was set up for the purpose of carrying fraudulent deals.
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