Welcome to Polewski & Associates. After more than 25 years helping people with legal problems, we know that most people who are thinking about hiring a lawyer have the same concerns. Some of the most common:
Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
That’s a hard question to answer without knowing more about your case. Generally, if you’ve been sued or need to file suit, you need a lawyer. Our courts have literally hundreds of rules that govern when and how a suit has to be filed, what evidence you need to have, how you need to write documents submitted to the court, and many, many more issues. You need a lawyer to have any real chance of winning in our courts.
Many insurance companies have a policy of making very low offers to people who are hurt in car accidents and then telling them that “they don’t need a lawyer”. This is almost always terrible advice: you should call a competent injury lawyer before you settle any case to make sure that you are not getting cheated.
The best way to know if you need a lawyer? Call or email us, and we’ll tell you. If you don’t have a case, we’ll tell you that. If you need a lawyer, we’ll tell you that. No charge for the call or the email, and you don’t have to hire us if you do need a lawyer.
How Much Is This Going to Cost?
If you have a case where you are suing someone to recover money, normally that case would be handled on a contingent fee basis, meaning that you would pay nothing unless your lawyer obtained a settlement for you. If there is a settlement, you would pay a percentage of what is recovered, plus the expenses of your case. If there is no settlement, you would pay nothing.
If you have a case where you are being sued, or where the case is not about recovering money, then you would normally pay your attorneys by the hour. Depending on how much time your attorney needs to put in on your case, that could be a small or large amount.
The best way to find out? Call us or email us today about your case, and we’ll let you know what your case is likely to cost. There is no charge for this call or email.
Do I Have A Good Case?
Nobody can answer that question without knowing all the facts of your case. Some cases “look” good or bad before sufficient investigation is done, when they really aren’t. One of the reasons you need a good attorney is so that you can be sure that your case is being properly analyzed.
The best way to find out if you have a case is to contact us today. Send us an email with a description of your case and we’ll get right back with you after we’ve had a chance to consider it. Or you can call us and talk with someone today. There is no charge for our consideration of your case.
Am I in Trouble?
Call us today and tell us what is going on. That’s the only way to be sure, and there is no charge for the call.
How Do I Choose a Good Attorney?
Like any other profession, attorneys have various certifications and awards that help people choose the more qualified attorneys out of the pack. Look for years of experience handling legal matters like yours, whether the attorney is board certified, and whether the attorney has the recommendations of the top attorney rating services—Martindale Hubbel and AVVO. Any well qualified attorney who has these qualifications will display them on his website. AVVO has its own website where you can compare attorneys and look at independent reviews and rankings.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
Probably not as much as you think. Different types of cases have different deadlines, and those deadlines can be different—sometimes dramatically different-- depending on who you are thinking about suing. In some cases, you may have as little as six months from the date you were hurt or cheated to make a claim.
Don’t take a chance on waiting too long. We have seen too many people who had a great case and took too long to call a lawyer.
On the other hand, we have also seen cases where people were told that it was too late when it really wasn’t. This can be a complicated area of the law, and even lawyers who are not specialists can get the answer wrong.
Don’t guess about these deadlines, and don’t worry about them. Call us instead. The call is free, and we’ll tell you how much time you have. Call today-tomorrow may be too late.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Nobody can tell you that without knowing all the facts of your case. The value of your case is going to depend on what happened, who you are suing, what their defense is to your claim, how strong the evidence is—even where you have to file suit. Experienced lawyers are used to doing this kind of analysis.
Never guess what your case is worth, and never, ever accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without speaking with a qualified lawyer about it. They are in business to pay you little or nothing, and definitely won’t pay you everything they owe you unless you force them to do so.
If I Decide to File Suit, Will it Be Hard on Me and My Family?
Not if you hire the right kind of lawyer. Good lawyers take care of their clients and protect them, always. The best way to make sure of this is to read a lawyer’s client reviews on his website or on the AVVO website—then go meet with the lawyer.
At Polewski & Associates, we pride ourselves on taking very good care of the people who trust us with their legal problems. So check out our reviews and our ratings—and then give us a call. We want to hear from you.