Ask Us Your Questions About Your Case
Do I need to hire an attorney?
Not necessarily, but you probably should. Even though you have the constitutional right to act as your own attorney, it is much wiser to work with a professional lawyer who can provide experienced legal advice.
Can my friend or relative act as my lawyer?
No. According to Wisconsin Statute section 757.30, it is unlawful for non-attorneys to practice law.
What kind of fee arrangements do lawyers offer?
Every law firm’s fee arrangements are different. Some of the most common payment options include:
- An hourly rate where you pay your attorney a certain fee per hour.
- A contingency rate, which means that you don’t have to pay any fees unless your lawyer wins your case.
- A flat fee in which you pay a lawyer a set sum for a certain service.
What exactly is a “retainer”?
If you pay your lawyer a retainer, it means that you pay a down payment for future legal services. Your attorney’s trust account will hold this fee and can apply it to costs incurred during your case. You should ask your attorney if your retainer is refundable before you sign any contracts.
Does the losing side have to pay my legal fees if I win?
Usually, each party has to pay their own attorneys’ fees. If you win your case, you can sometimes collect some for legal expenses. Only in rare exceptions does the losing party have to pay the winner’s legal fees.
Do I have a good case?
The best way to determine whether you have a winnable case is to consult with an attorney in person. Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., provides initial consultations in which you can talk about your legal issues with a lawyer. We can assess your case and provide a realistic idea of what to expect.
Are initial consultations free?
Yes. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and discuss available options.
Do most cases settle out of court?
Almost all cases result in an out-of-court settlement.
What does “discovery” mean?
“Discovery” is a legal term that means the transfer of important case information between parties in a lawsuit. Discovery may involve interviews, depositions and requests for documents and admissions.
What is alternative dispute resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution or ADR is a way of resolving disputes out of court. ADR is generally quicker and less expensive than litigation in the court system. All parties must agree to a form of ADR, but more and more courts are requiring litigants in the court system to attempt settlement through ADR before the judge will allow the case to proceed to a trial.
What is mediation?
One common form of ADR is mediation. In mediation, a neutral mediator works with each party to negotiate a mutually satisfactory settlement.
What is arbitration?
Arbitration is another form of ADR. It can be binding or nonbinding, depending on the agreement of the parties. In arbitration, a neutral third party or a panel of people hears evidence and decides the case like a judge or a jury.
Does ADR work?
Yes. Most attorneys find that ADR works and results in a settlement.
Ask More Questions In Your Consultation
You probably have even more questions that you wish to ask. When you schedule a consultation with Mudge Porter Lundeen & Seguin, S.C., an attorney can answer your questions in person and in more detail. To schedule your initial consultation, call our firm at 715-338-3312, toll-free at 888-365-5389 or send our office an email.