David H. Heller, Attorney FAQ
Do I need an attorney to handle my legal issue?
If you stand to lose a lot financially from a given situation, or if your freedom, family, career or property is at stake, discussing your situation with an experienced attorney allows you to methodically review all of your legal options regarding a broad range of life events to assist you with determining the best course of action.
How can I ensure that I receive the most cost-effective services from an attorney?
Ask an attorney for a written agreement of fees for clarity on projected costs. When communicating with your lawyer either by phone, email or in person plan your questions in advance and limit conversation to the immediate legal matter at hand. Ask an attorney whether arbitration or mediation is possible to avoid more costly litigation proceedings. Inform you attorney of your budget and work around that figure or look for a competent lawyer who provides a payment plan.
Does consulting an attorney mean my case will automatically go to court?
Selecting the most appropriate attorney can provide you with qualified access to alternate dispute resolution methods that include arbitration and mediation. An experienced attorney will do everything possible to settle your case outside of trial but is also prepared to go to court and work toward the best possible outcome.
Why is it important to have an estate plan?
Many people mistakenly believe that they “do not have enough assets for an estate plan” and think that all property will be immediately transferred to their children or immediate family. This is not the case. If proper arrangements are not made to distribute your assets after death, your estate goes into probate regardless of the size of your estate and your assets can fall into the wrong hands as well as being subject to much higher estate taxes.
How much will a divorce cost?
Depending on your specific situation, a straightforward divorce litigation case involving limited assets and no children can be achieved at minimal cost. Fees rise in relation to the variables involved with alimony and other disputes. Many lawyers offer collaborative divorce alternatives that can be significantly more cost-effective yet depend on both parties’ ability to compromise.
Should I speak to the insurance company immediately following an accident where I have been injured?
Insurance companies are focused on defending their own best interests—speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect yours. Before making any statement to an insurance company your attorney will help you correctly prepare a legal statement regarding the specific facts of an accident and assist you with a detailed report of your injuries.