Frequently Asked Questions
should I look for in selecting a lawyer to represent me?
hiring a lawyer, you should spend some time researching the law
firm you are considering. Ask for information about the lawyer's
education, training, and experience dealing with cases similar
to yours. Ask the lawyer to go over the fee contract with you
in detail, and be sure you understand how you will pay the lawyer's
fee and costs at the end of the case. Ask about the possible adverse
consequences if your case is lost. Ask if your lawyer intends
to handle your case alone, and, if you are told that lawyers from
outside law firms will be assisting, find out what the fee arrangements
I have an attorney who handles my family matters. Why do I
need another attorney?
Your cases may be against parties who are represented by adjusters
and defense lawyers hired by insurance companies. You can expect
that your opposition will be represented by an attorney with a
great deal of experience in personal injury defense. Hiring an
attorney experienced in personal injury cases may best serve your
If I hire a big, well-known law firm like Majid Ali Wajid &
Co, will I get the personal attention I get from a sole-practitioner?
Our clients enjoy the personal contact typically associated with
a small law firm, but with the resources and reputation of a large,
If I telephone for information, what do you need to know about
A great deal of our time is spent gathering information from clients
who contact us for the first time. Names and dates are always
important and we will often ask a new client to write a chronology
of the events that led him/her to seek legal counsel. We will
want to hear as much detail as you can provide about your case
so that we can make informed decisions about whether to accept
your case and, if so, how we should begin prosecuting it.
What can I expect from my first appointment with your firm?
At the law firm of Majid Ali Waijd & Co. you will find a courteous
and professional staff. Meeting a law firm for the first time
can be a distressing experience, and we will do our best to make
you comfortable. Our staff reserves plenty of time to meet with
new clients to discuss potential cases. Having documents at our
disposal is beneficial, so we always suggest that new clients
bring pertinent paperwork. Of course, the initial consultation
is always free.
Will I have to put up any money to get started?
The majority of the cases we handle involve a contingent fee contract.
That means we do not get paid until and unless our client makes
a recovery. Generally, our fees will be a percentage of the recovery
computed before deducting expenses. In some circumstances, we
will represent a client on an hourly basis if the case calls for
such a contract, in which case a retainer agreement may be made.
In either instance, the full details of the fee and cost agreement
you have with our firm will be explained to you in detail before
we begin prosecuting your case.
Who pays for out-of-pocket expenses while my case is pending?
This will depend on the fee and cost agreement that is agreed
to in your case. Where we are handling a case on a contingent
fee basis, we advance expenses incurred during our representation.
In that situation, our fee will be a percentage of the recovery
computed before deducting expenses. If and when the case reaches
a successful conclusion, the costs we have expended are returned
to us out of your recovery.
Once you take my case, can I count on you to win?
We will do our best to represent our clients. There are no guarantees
associated with any lawsuit or claim. Our clients can count on
the fact that we work hard to make sure that the cases we prosecute
are thoroughly prepared and ready for trial.
I have never been involved in a trial. How do you help me prepare?
Statistics prove that most cases get resolved prior to going to
trial. Regardless, we prepare every case as if it might ultimately
be decided by a jury. We believe in being prepared in the event
that an agreement between the parties cannot be reached. By the
time a case is ready for trial, our clients will have spent a
great deal of time with the lawyers and support staff in our firm.
You will know what to expect if and when your case goes to trial.
How do you decide whether to accept a settlement or take my
case before a jury?
Deciding when to accept or reject a settlement offer is rarely
an easy decision. Our lawyers will advise you of the pros and
cons of trying your case versus settling it before trial. We will
do our best to help you decide whether a settlement offer is a
fair one, but the decision is ultimately yours.
I keep reading about "the tort system". Exactly what
is a tort?
The word "tort" comes from the Latin word for "wrong".
The tort system typically refers to the court system's handling
of personal injury negligence and similar cases.