Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a lawyer to represent me in a litigation matter?
Lawyers can help you navigate the intricacies of the court process. All of the different levels of court in British Columbia have different rules and regulations. Court rules typically set out mandatory deadlines for the filing and production of documents and other very important materials. If you miss a deadline, you may miss the opportunity to present a critical part of your case. Lawyers can also help you present your case in the most compelling way, by weeding through all of the facts and ensuring that the Judge’s attention is focused on the most material details.
When is the best time to contact a lawyer after a car accident or injury?
If you have been involved in a car accident or suffered a personal injury, it is best to contact a lawyer right away. Our Vancouver lawyers will give you legal to best manage your situation and the best way to proceed in dealing with ICBC or any other involved insurance companies.
Will my case settle before trial?
The vast majority of cases in British Columbia, whether they are injury cases, civil litigation, estate litigation or family law matters, settle prior to trial. Litigation and negotiation are crucial aspects of a lawyer’s job and there are a number of pre-trial steps that must be completed to ensure that your case can be resolved in a manner that helps you obtain an optimal result.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a method of conflict resolution whereby the parties to a lawsuit engage in structured negotiation to attempt to resolve a dispute. Mediation is appropriate for many cases and can save significant expenses for everyone involved.
Does the Kushner Law Group take cases on contingency fee?
Before beginning any contractual relationship with a client, our lawyers will clearly explain how your case will be billed. There are certain types of cases (typically personal injury and estate litigation) that are usually billed on contingency fee basis meaning you do not pay until you recover some money. However, other cases (typically civil litigation and divorce matters) are billed at an hourly rate. Lastly, some cases (such as wills, estate planning and uncontested divorces) are billed on a flat fee basis. We will make sure that you know exactly how our billing process works at the beginning of your case so there are no surprises later on.
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