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Before going any further, please note the following: YOU ONLY HAVE A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME TO PURSUE A CLAIM OR CASE. IF THIS TIME HAS NOT ALREADY PASSED AND, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING A CLAIM, THEN YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ANOTHER ATTORNEY TO PROTECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. YOUR FAILURE TO CORRECTLY FILE A CLAIM IN A TIMELY FASHION MAY FOREVER PREVENT YOU FROM PURSING YOUR RIGHTS AND COLLECTING DAMAGES.
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Articles, eBooks and Links
How To Find A Good Lawyer in Your Town (11 minute presentation)
Orange County Bar Association Referral Service (949) 440-6747
San Diego Bar Association Referral Service 800.464.1529
Los Angels Bar Association Referral Service (213) 243-1525
Other Pamphlets and Books
The California State Bar offers several excellent pamphlets explaining your legal rights in different areas of the law. Click here to read any of the following topics:
What Should I Do If I Have An Auto Accident?
What Should I Know If I Am Arrested?
Kids & Law – An A-Z Guide for Parents
Seniors and the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians
When You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers
How Can I Find and Hire the Right Lawyer?
How Can I Resolve My Dispute Without a Trial?
What Can I Do If I Can’t Pay My Debts?
What Should I Know About Divorce And Custody?
Can The Law Help Protect Me From Domestic Violence?
What Should I Know Before I Rent?
Can the Client Security Fund Help You?
What Should I Do If I Am A Crime Victim?
What Should I Know About Serving on a Jury?
What Can I Do If I Have a Problem With My Lawyer?
Do I Need a Will?
Do I Need Estate Planning?
Do I Need a Living Trust?
What Are My Rights as an Employee?
What Should I Know About Elder Abuse?
Nolo Press Books
If you’re interested in trying to handle your own claim or injury case, Nolo Press offers several good books you may want to take a look at:
Other Helpful Tips
When you do hire a lawyer, keep these 9 tips in mind:
1. Contact Information- Inform your attorney immediately of any change of personal or business contact information such as address, telephone number and email address.
2. Refer To Attorney- Use the phrase, “Please contact my attorney with any questions or comments. Here is his/her phone number”
3. Evidence- Provide your attorney with originals of all documents, items and things that may have any relevance to your case.
4. Honest and Forthright- To protect your legal interest, it is critical that you be honest and forthright with your attorney as to all information.
5. Keep Attorney Updated- Contact your attorney immediately with any new information, new developments, evidence, changes in physical or mental condition, witness information…
6. Keep Things Confidential- Do not discuss your legal matter with anyone without first getting your attorney’s approval. This includes your spouse, family, friends, neighbors, employees or news media. The only communications (oral, written and electronic) which are protected from disclosure are those which take place between an attorney and his or her client.
7. Statements- Do not give any statements, written, recorded, or oral, to anyone, including ANY insurance company, concerning your legal matter without first getting the approval of your attorney.
8. Documents and Communications- Do not sign documents, send letters, initiate/ receive telephone calls or electronic communications (email, text message…) concerning your legal matter without first getting the approval of your attorney.
9. Document Creation- Do not compile information or create documents concerning your legal matter without first getting the approval of your attorney.
We believe sharing good resources and solutions is simply the right thing to do. The law is complicated and these links and resources are intended to help answer your important questions. Of course, none of the above is a substitute for good legal advice but it is presented to help get you going in the right direction.
Now think about this for a second. If we take the time to provide all this good information for people who are not our clients, imagine how much value we bring to the table for our clients!
If you have any other question or legal needs, give us a call. We’ve been helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death since 1986. The chances are good that if we agree to take your case, we can help you too!
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