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Information is power. Being informed when dealing with insurance companies and lawyers is critically important to your success.
Read our brand new and free 90+ page ebook before talking to a lawyer and before talking to an insurance company. Click here to download your FREE copy today!
We hold nothing back and make it a point to share 25 years of insider tips and suggestions to help every victim of personal injury and wrongful death make smart decisions and protect their legal rights. We’re talking about things like…
– Learn 3 good ways to find the perfect lawyer (Chapter 2)
– Find out 9 critical questions you need to ask every lawyer you meet (Chapter 3)
– Read and use the “New Client Checklist” to protect your rights (Chapter 13)
– Get answers to dozens of the most frequently asked questions (Chapter 15)
To keep things fast and simple, no registration is required for the download nor do you need to share your email address. Just visit http://JacksonandWilson.com/books and read this new book online. Or, to read later, simply right click the link to download the book to your computer, iPad or smartphone.
When it’s all said and done, the point of this book is to give injured consumers the tools they need to protect their legal rights and help MAXIMIZE the settlement or jury verdict in their California personal injury or wrongful death case.
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To most people, the uncertainty of knowing whether or not you’ve found a good lawyer to help with a legal matter is similar to not knowing what message waits for you inside an unopened fortune cookie. Until you’ve hired the lawyer or cracked open the cookie, you’re just not going to know what you’ve got.
Buying fortune cookies from a reputable store will help insure that your cookies are fresh and that the message inside is appropriate for all age groups. The same approach applies when looking for a lawyer.
With more than 1,000,000 lawyers in the United States (200,000 in California along), it can be a daunting challenge to know where to start when looking for a lawyer. To help ease this burden, we’ve put together an easy 3 step process that will help you find the perfect lawyer. And while these 3 steps focus on finding an established personal injury and wrongful death lawyer, you can easily use this process to find a lawyer in almost any area of law and in almost any city in the U.S.
Follow this link to read all about our suggested 3 step process. Share it with a family member or friend who may need good legal counsel. Always feel free to contact us with questions.
Mitch was recently nominated for the 2011 Consumer Attorneys of California’s “Street Fighter of the Year Award. This award is designed to highlight work done by a plaintiff’s lawyer who has litigated a case that creates a more just society, regardless of personal benefit or financial gain.
For the past two decades, Lisa and Mitch have been active and proud members of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). For those of you not familiar with this organization, it’s mission is to seek justice for all by:
According to the National Council of Insurance Institute, personal injury and wrongful death claimants who hire experienced lawyers may receive 300% higher settlements. In our experience, this number may actually be substantially more.
Please note that each case is different and past results do not guarantee what will or will not happen with your case. Having said that, here are just a few of the cases that we’ve handled over the past 25 years where we were able to substantially increase the full value of the outcome.
Wrongful Death- Clients were offered an insulting figure of $1 to settle their case. We took the case to trial and obtained a gross jury trial verdict of $1,250,000.
Wrongful Death- Clients were told there was no liability and thus, no settlement offer. We were retained and obtained a $1,000,000 settlement.
Wrongful Death- Clients were told there was no liability and no settlement offers would be made. We were retained and obtained a gross jury trial verdict of $5,500,000.
Auto Accident- Insurance company only offered “policy” of $30,000. We obtained a final settlement of $3,347,000.00.
Motorcycle Accident- Other side’s insurance company refused to make an offer. At pre-trial mediation we were able to settle the case for $1,200,000.
Drowning Wrongful Death- Defense attorneys stated in open court and on the record that their client had no liability. They were wrong and one year later and just before trial we settled the case for $900,000.
Auto Accident- Driver runs red light- Other side’s insurance company said our client ran the red light. We obtained a judgment for our client in the amount of $2,759,852.
Dog Bite- Defendant dog owner said the dog attack was our client’s fault. His insurance company initially refused to accept liability. Case settled shortly before trial for $500,000.
Automobile Wrongful Death- Insurance company for other side originally denied fault or responsibility. It later argued there was only $100,000 available to settle the case. One week before trial we “convinced” the insurance carrier that in fact there was $1,000,000 in coverage and they paid it.
Dozens of More Cases Over the Past 25 Years- Since 1986, we’ve handled thousands of personal injury cases. In several dozens of these cases, we’ve been able to help injured consumers who were offered low settlements of $2,500 to $6,000, eventually receive settlements of $30,000 to $120,000 after we were retained and stepped in to help them with their claim.
Our secret to success is to work as hard as we can to make sure the other side follows the law. It takes a great deal of work and effort but in all of the cases it is well worth it. We enjoy helping people and we would enjoy the opportunity to help you too!
During this interview, Mitch will show you…
The “perfect” personal injury and wrongful death attorney is someone who is experienced, has a good reputation, and someone who you can trust. The problem is with more than 1,000,000 lawyers in the United States and 200,000 in California, how can you find such an attorney? What resources are available and which ones can you trust?
Based upon our 25 years of dealing with lawyers and practicing law, here are three good tips that you can use to help find the “perfect” lawyer for you. Remember, after finding a lawyer, make sure to properly interview the lawyer using the suggestions and questions found in our free report entitled, “Nine Questions You Need to Ask Every Lawyer You Interview”. These questions will absolutely help you narrow the selection process.
Personal referrals are a good first start. The first thing we recommend that you do is look for an attorney who is recognized as being one of the “experts” in your town or area. Someone who meets all of the above qualifications and then some.
If you have friends or family who were VERY SATISFIED with their experience with a personal injury lawyer, you may want to start there. If you know a good lawyer who handles other types of legal matters (for example, estate planning or criminal defense), ask him or her for the names and numbers of the top 2 or 3 personal injury lawyers in town. Good lawyers know who they would hire if they needed the “best” personal injury attorney in their area and most lawyers would be happy to share these names with you.
Friends at work and even company supervisors or executives may also be able to provide you with one or more names. People you respect and look up to may also be able to share one or more names. (note that this approach will work for almost any type of legal matter)
If you are unable to get a personal referral using the above method, then go to Martindale-Hubbell (www.martindale.com) or the American Association for Justice (www.atla.org) web sites and do a search for an “AV” rated personal injury or wrongful death attorney in your area. An “AV” rating is a good indicator of the lawyer’s ability, reputation and ethics. It identifies a lawyer and firm as having (1) very high to preeminent legal ability and (2) the highest level of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence.
[Hint- Please keep in mind that new lawyers (practicing less than 10 years) may not yet be "AV" rated. This doesn't necessarily mean they don't work hard or know what they are doing. We know many new lawyers who are excellent litigators and very good at representing their clients. Whether or not an attorney has a prestigious "AV" rating is simply something to think about and take in to consideration when looking for competent counsel.]
Another good way to find an excellent personal injury or wrongful death lawyer is to contact your local bar association (the local lawyer organization) and for the names and numbers of the current and past two presidents. Call each of them and ask whether or not they handle personal injury or wrongful death cases. In Orange County two of the larger local bar associations include the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.
If they handle personal injury and wrongful death cases, then set up an appointment and use the “9 Questions” report to interview the lawyers. If they don’t handle this type of case, ask them to make a recommendation. Keep in mind that you may not be able to speak directly with the attorney but his or her secretary should be able to share the information with you.
We hope you have found the above three tips useful. We truly believe that using one or all of the above techniques will allow you to find an excellent personal injury or wrongful death lawyer to help you with your legal matter.
One final note. Please keep in mind that we’ve been helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death since 1986. Chances are, we can help you too!
Please feel free to contact us with your questions, needs or comments. We’re standing by to help.
“Information is the currency of democracy”
- Thomas Jefferson, Third US President, Architect and Author (1743-1826)
Most people are not really aware of all the things we do to help protect our client’s interest. With this in mind, we want to share the following with you.
First, after we meet with you and are hired (normally on a contingency fee basis), there are many things we do to protect your interest and get your case ready for settlement, mediation, arbitration or trial. Although listed in bullet-point fashion, one or more of the following items are usually done together with some items dependent upon another.
This list is by no means all inclusive and not every step is required to be done in every case. Also, please keep in mind that certain steps– law firm “insider secrets”– are purposefully excluded. Even so, we hope this list gives you some idea of what we bring to the table and can do for you.
Were you aware of all the above steps? As you can see, there’s a great deal of work and expertise involved with investigating and handling a personal injury or wrongful death case. Because you only have one opportunity to obtain a settlement or verdict in your case, it’s important that you do everything you can to maximize your chances of success.
Please give us a call if you have questions or need help your personal injury or wrongful death case. We always look forward to putting our 25 years of experience and expertise to work for our valued clients. But don’t simply take our word for it. See our client testimonials and case results!
The 140+ year old independent company, Martindale-Hubbell, offers consumers an easy way to find top-rated lawyers in their local city and state. Among other services, Martindale uses “peer review” ratings (interviews local lawyers and judges) to obtain independent and objective lawyer ratings. In most instances, the lawyers Martindale are researching do not know they are under review.
According to Martindale.com, it’s ratings are established by attorneys for attorneys and “clearly indicates a demonstration of the highest professional and ethical standards.” The very best rating given by Mardindale is called an “AV” 5.0 out of 5.0 rating (our senior partner ratings). It’s the highest rating awarded by Martindale.com According to the company, it identifies a lawyer and firm as having achieved very high to preeminent legal ability and ethics.
So, if you’re looking for a good lawyer and are not sure how to go about it, we respectfully suggest visiting the Martindale.com web site. To help get you started, below is a short video that will show you how to correctly use the site. If you like, you may click here for a slightly larger version.
We first opened our doors 25 years ago. We understood then, as we do now, that the most important four qualities a lawyer and law firm can have are ability, expertise, reputation, and trust. Now, a quarter of a century later, our daily efforts to earn a client’s trust are well documented for you to review and independently analyze.
Please keep in mind that the following reviews and ratings cannot be paid for. In almost every instance, we were not even aware that an award, review or rating was taking place until after it was made.
Having said that, the favorable comments, awards and ratings our clients, other lawyers, and third party rating services have been kind enough to share truly do mean the world to us. We will continue to work hard each day to live up to these honors and to continue to gain the sincere and authentic trust of our clients.
After all, when it’s all said and done, we believe that without trust, you have nothing at all.
Here is some good independent information you may want to take a close look at…
Each partner at Jackson & Wilson is a top “AV” rated trial lawyer. An “AV” rating identifies a lawyer and firm with very high to preeminent legal ability and is the highest reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. Martindale-Hubbell ratings are established by attorneys for attorneys and as it states, “clearly indicates a demonstration of the highest professional and ethical standards.”
The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers certifies that Jackson & Wilson has once again been recognized for high professional legal standards and ethics in the latest Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register™ is limited to only the most distinguished law practices; those that have achieved the AV® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.
Each year the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) recognizes one or more trial lawyers for their work, trial skills, legal ethics and significant accomplishments. In 2009, OCTLA awarded, Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson, as one of Orange County’s 2009 “TOP GUN” Trial Lawyers of the Year for his accomplishments in governmental entity litigation and trial work (wrongful death case).
The National Trial Lawyers
This “invitation only” organization is composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. It is the mission of The National Trial Lawyers to promote excellence in the legal profession through practical educational programs, networking opportunities, and legal publications that deal with current issues facing The National Trial Lawyer.
Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is a prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Our senior partners are multiple time members.
The Avvo Rating represents an independent, third party evaluation of a lawyer’s ability, reputation and general background experience. The rating is calculated using a mathematical model developed by Avvo which considers the information shown in a lawyer’s profile, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition – all factors that, in Avvo’s opinion, are relevant to assessing a lawyer’s qualifications.
Year after year, one or more partners are consistently named a “Southern California Super Lawyer”. In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, Law & Politics employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in the selection of a lawyer, we limit the list to attorneys who can be hired and retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in private practice and Legal Aid attorneys.
Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club has nominated Charter Member and Past President, Jon Mitchell Jackson, for the distinguished Rotary District 5320 “2010 Business Rotarian of the Year” Award.
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There’s a very important reason why we took the time to write this FREE book and share 25+ years of know-how and experience to show you exactly what you need to know and do to protect your important rights. Frankly, too many injured consumers simply don’t know where to start or what to do after a serious personal injury or tragic wrongful death. Our book now gives then access to all the answers 24/7.
If they need a lawyer, they’ll now know how to find a good one. When they meet with a lawyer, they’ll now know what 9 questions they need to ask. The answers, checklist and more are only a click away…
”Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you so much for contacting Jackson & Wilson, Inc. Since 1986 we’ve enjoyed successfully helping thousands of people and their families who have experienced a catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death. Hopefully we can help you too.
To get started, please complete our Potential New Client Confidential Questionnaire. We recommend that you take advantage of the easy to use “online web form” found at the bottom of this page. If you like, you can also download and print out the questionnaire by right clicking on the form to your right or via this link (right click to download to your computer)
Tip: When completing either version of our form, it’s very important that you take your time and share as much information as possible. The more detailed information you provide the better we can evaluate your potential case and answer your questions. Please note that we’re contacted by many new potential clients each week. People who take the time and effort to complete and return the questionnaire will receive our top priority and usually are the first to hear back from us.
Hint- If you use the “online web form” below, your answers will be emailed to us and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Normally within hours.
For those of you downloading the form to your computer, please return the completed questionnaire to our Orange County office. Our fax number is 949-315-3687 and our email address is email@example.com. You may also mail your questionnaire to Jackson & Wilson, Inc., 23161 Mill Creek Drive, Ste 150, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Upon our receipt we will review your information and contact you with our opinions and feedback.
If you’d like review our General Authorization and Contingency Fee Retainer Agreement, you may do so using the convenient links to your right!
If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend that you read our free ebook entitled, “The Truth About Your California Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case”.
You may want to pay particularly close attention to the chapters entitled, “Why You Need a Good Lawyer- Rabbits and Lions”, “Three Ways to Find a Great Lawyer”, and “Nine Questions to Ask Every Lawyer You Interview”.
We also invite you to spend time at this web site. We share videos about real case results and blog posts and links explaining detailed steps about what you need to do to protect your rights. The main links on top will take you to client and lawyer testimonials, case results, books and reports, videos, audios, our experience (awards and recognitions), FAQs, contact information and more.
Here are several excellent free publications to help you with your small claims case
Until you’ve made a final decision about hiring an experienced lawyer, you may also want to review the following tips for injured consumers.
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.
When it comes to hiring a lawyer, what you see and hear may not be what you need or get. But before I go on, let me regress for a moment…
This past Thanksgiving we took a family trip to Italy. We ventured to Rome, Florence and Venice. While in Florence, we took the train and visited the leaning tower of Pisa, the third oldest structure in Cathedral Square. Here are a couple of pictures I took of the tower and family.
At first glance, the tower appears unstable and ready to fall over at any time. However, after talking with the guides, we were reassured that because of engineering efforts, it was safe to enter the tower, walk up the stairs and enjoy the view. Here’s a pic of AJ and Garrett at the top.
So what does the Leaning Tower of Pisa have in common with lawyer advertising? Well, simply put, in many instances, things are not as they may seem.
Here’s what I mean…
Many lawyers, who advertise on TV, have never taken a case to trial. Other’s may have the persuasive ability to sell an Eskimo ice (injured consumers dial their number all day long) but they don’t know the first thing about how to properly handle your personal injury or wrongful death case in court. Many have never ever taken a case to trial.
In other late night ads, large out of state law corporations shout out in their message that you may be entitled to money for this or that. They beg you to call their toll free number or you may lose your rights forever. What they don’t clearly tell you, although I would imagine it’s in the small print on the bottom of the ad, is that they are not the firm or lawyer who will handle your case. When you call their number, they “farm” out your case to a lawyer in your area who will be the handling your file.
Many times in both situations, uninformed consumers think they’re getting one thing but end up with another.
And it can get worse. Here’s why…
The big insurance companies keep a database of all the lawyers that bring cases against them. They know which lawyers are well recognized for their legal ability to take a case to trial and maximize its value and, they know which lawyers will roll over and settle the case for only pennies on the dollar because they’re afraid to go to court.
How do we know that? We have contacts who are insurance claims adjusters. We have friends who own insurance agencies. Others are defense attorneys who work for big insurance companies. We hear things. We talk about things. And after 25 years of doing what we do, we know things.
Additionally, what many of you may not know is that back in 80’s, Lisa worked as a defense attorney for a couple of years. She represented several of these large insurance companies. She and her fellow lawyers and insurance claims adjusters knew which lawyers they could play “hardball” with and which trial attorneys they needed to settle cases with.
The sad part about all of this is that most clients never know the difference. Why? Because if the lawyer can sell ice to an Eskimo, chances are, he’s going to be able to sell you on accepting a settlement without you ever knowing that your case is worth much more with a little work, expertise and effort.
So, how can you avoid buying ice? Well, here are several things we’ve learned over the past 25 years of representing injured consumers that you should look closely at.
First, to find a lawyer, avoid random ads and commercials. Ask intelligent people who you respect who they would hire to represent them in a case. Personal referrals are a good way to find a great lawyer.
Another way to find a good lawyer is to visit the site Martindale.com and use their search function. You can drill down to particular practice area in your county. Make sure to look for a lawyer who is “AV” rated (highest rating in ethics and ability).
A third way to find a good lawyer is to contact your local bar association (official lawyer association in any particular town or county) and ask for the names and numbers of the last 3 presidents. Call their offices and see if they handle your type of legal matter. If not, ask them for several names of lawyers who they would trust to handle a similar case for their family. While you’re at it, run all names through the Martindale.com site.
After you find a couple of lawyers to interview, do just that. Meet the lawyers and see who you are most comfortable with. Which lawyer were you able to develop rapport with? If you’re impressed with the lawyer you meet and, are comfortable around this particular lawyer, chances are, a jury will be too. Starting to get the picture?
Once you find lawyers to interview, and that’s what you’re doing. You are interviewing them—not the other way around, we’d suggest that you ask the 9 important questions found in our report entitled, “Nine Question You Should Always Ask Every Lawyer You Interview in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case.”
Hope you find this information helpful. Feel free to share it with your family and friends!Mitch and Lisa www.JacksonandWilson.com
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNHxdGfIk_4 Whether you realize it or not, most lawyer fees are negotiable. Lawyers in California who offer their services on a contingency fee basis must disclose to a new client that their contingency fees are negotiable.
Now, that doesn’t mean the lawyer you’re meeting with is required to agree to the percentage you suggest, but it does mean that you have the right to suggest a fee that is different (lower) that what the lawyer is requesting that you pay.
A related video “How Lawyers are Paid in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case” can be viewed by clicking here..
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