Yes, if you are asking this question. Understandably, many people are wary of working with attorneys because of misperceptions about attorneys and the legal process. The reality is that if you find yourself in a position where you feel like a lawyer may be necessary, then it is probably in your best interest to consult with an attorney. The practice of law is complicated and you may find yourself taken advantage of if you attempt to resolve a disputed matter on your own.
We never charge without telling the client in advance, so he or she can decide whether to incur the expense. For cases that will be handled on an hourly basis, we charge from the start of the representation. For most contingent fee cases, there is not a charge unless there is a recovery on your case and then the attorney fees will come from the recovery.
That depends on the specifics of your case, including what the cause of action is, where it happened and when you became aware of it. There are limits on the amount of time you have to make a claim (file suit). The bottom line is do not delay in determining what your claim is and what the deadline is for you to pursue it.
Guarantees are not possible in litigation. It is unethical for an attorney to guarantee an outcome just to sign up a case. The success of any claim depends on many factors and each case is different even though cases may also be similar in many respects. We can give you our assessment of your case once we have an understanding of the facts.
Most cases settle before trial. However, a settlement requires both sides to reach an agreement. We prepare our cases for trial because that allows the client to be in the best position to decide whether to settle the case or not. The decision to settle is decided by the client, not the lawyer.