At Lovko & King, we can help you decide whether or not legal assistance is needed. All initial consultations are free of charge, with no strings attached. Be aware that time often is of the essence, as you may lose your right to pursue legal action should you delay.
How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
Attorney fees and case costs vary depending on the type and complexity of legal issues. Compensation may be calculated based on an hourly basis, flat-rate, or contingency fee. Costs include all charges related to filing and litigating a case, including filing fees, expert witness payment, court reporter charges, jury fees, and more.
In civil law cases, clients are expected to pay their own attorney fees and costs unless otherwise provided for by law. (See Civil Code of Procedure § 1021.) In family law matters, reasonable attorney's fees and costs may be awarded based upon the financial resources of the parties involved. (See Family Code § 2032).
At Lovko & King, we understand our clients' desire to minimize fees and costs and are committed to providing quality representation at professional rates. We keep in frequent contact with clients about fees and costs, provide detailed financial statements, and where appropriate, offer limited scope representation.
What if I can't afford an attorney?
Depending on your income and legal problem, Lovko & King may be able to provide you with legal representation at low cost or on a contingency basis (meaning that fees are paid only if we successfully obtain monetary damages on your behalf). Contact us for a free legal consultation to discuss your case.
If your particular situation is such that you truly cannot afford an attorney, legal services programs exist that offer free legal help. Go to LawHelpCalifornia or the California State Bar for further information.
Where will my case be filed?
Many factors must be considered in determining where a case will be filed and heard, including where the parties reside, where the circumstances of the case arose, what type of law is involved, where witnesses are located, and more. Often a case may be filed in more than one location. For example, in workers compensation cases, applications may be filed where the employee resides, where the injury occurred, or where the employee's attorney maintains his/her principal place of business. Call Lovko & Kingfor a free legal consultation to learn more.
How long will it take before my case gets resolved?
At Lovko & King, we will do everything within our power to provide quality representation in an expeditious manner. California's Standards for Judicial Administration state that "courts should be guided by the general principle that from the commencement of litigation to its resolution, whether by trial or settlement, any elapsed time other than reasonably required for pleadings, discovery, preparation, and court events is unacceptable and should be eliminated." In support of this principle, California courts attempt to resolve the majority of civil cases within one to two years. Expedited procedures exist for unlawful detainer actions.
Ultimately, the speed at which your case is resolved depends upon the complexity and type of legal issues involved. Additionally, the economic constraints of the court system may affect the resources available to process civil cases. Traditionally, around 70% of California civil law cases resolve within one year. At the two year mark, over 90% have resolved. With unlawful detainer actions, 60-70% are resolved within 45 days. (2010 Court Statistics Report, Judicial Council of California)
What results can I expect if I file a case?
California's Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit attorneys from communicating any guarantee or prediction of results. Simply put, without a crystal ball, no attorney can provide a warranty regarding outcome. Attorneys can, however, provide general information regarding possible remedies in various legal situations.
At Lovko & King, we educate each client about the role of law and potential legal remedies. We also ask each client to identify their goals in pursuing legal action, as this allows us to provide the best service possible.
How do I choose an attorney?
Choosing an attorney is an important decision and may require meeting with a few before making your ultimate choice. When talking with a prospective attorney, questions to ask include:
How much will it cost to hire you? How is that calculated?
When are fees paid? What out-of-pocket expenses or costs will I need to pay before the end of the case?
Will you personally be working on the case or will another attorney in the firm?
Do you have legal malpractice insurance?
Have you ever been investigated for an ethical violation? [You can go to the State Bar website to see if an attorney has any history of disciplinary or administrative actions.]
How long have you been practicing law?
How extensive will my involvement be in the case? How frequently will you be in communication?