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Month: July 2011

What are Pleadings?

Posted on July 20, 2011 Insurance Disputes

In any civil case, the first stage of the process involves pleading.  The party who initiates a lawsuit provides two pleadings, a “summons” and a “complaint.” The “complaint” is a short and plain statement of the legal and factual grounds for the lawsuit, drafted in separate paragraphs.  The “summons” is a separate paper issued under the authority of the… read more

What is a “letter of protection”?

Posted on July 12, 2011 Insurance Disputes,What Does This Word Mean?

Sometimes when a person is injured in an accident, the insurance companies decline to pay the medical bills promptly.  In such a situation, the injured person’s lawyer may send the medical facility a letter of protection.  Such a letter promises the facility that the bills will be paid once the lawyer receives funds from a… read more

If I go to trial, who will be on the jury?

Posted on July 12, 2011 What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

Some cases are tried to a jury.  The size and composition of the jury depend on the jurisdiction where the trial is held.  Often in injury cases trial is held in the county where the accident happened. The jury is selected from a group of ordinary adult citizens of the county where the trial takes… read more

What do free consultation and contingency fee mean

Posted on July 12, 2011 Personal Injury,What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?

Sometimes lawyers offer a free consultation to potential clients.  That means the lawyer is willing to meet with or talk to the potential client to discuss whether a claim is viable.  Often the lawyer and potential client may discuss the facts leading to the person’s injury, the treatment and repercussions to the injury, and what… read more

What is a “subpoena”?

Posted on July 12, 2011 What Does This Word Mean?,Your Trial

Courts issue certain important documents to compel persons to appear for a hearing or trial to permit inspection of documents.  One of those documents is a subpoena.  That document is usually issued to a person or entity that is not named in the case, but possesses important information.  A subpoena “testificandum” tells a witness to… read more

What is the “Attorney-Client Privilege”?

Posted on July 12, 2011 What Does This Word Mean?

When a client seeks professional advice from lawyer on a legal matter, confidential communications between the client and the lawyer need not be disclosed to other parties, and the law protects that privacy interest.  This protection is referred to as “privilege,” and has a long history and tradition within the legal realm.  The purpose of… read more