Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I really need a lawyer?
This is the first question you should ask yourself. It is always wise to seek the advice of an experienced attorney if you have a legal question. On many occasions, the expenditure of a few hundred dollars for a consultation can and has saved clients of David Pleasanton thousands of dollars.
2. What kind of lawyer do I need?
All lawyers within the State of Florida have passed The Florida Bar exam. Most attorneys concentrate their practice of law into a few areas. David Pleasanton has practiced Criminal Law for 30 years and family, probate, and guardianship law for 20 years. He also has experience in commercial litigation. You need an attorney that is knowledgable in the area of law where your legal problem lies. Schedule an appointment with David Pleasanton. If he is versed in the field of law where your legal problem lies he would appreciate the chance to resolve your legal problem. If your legal problem is in an area of law that he does not handle, he would be happy to recommend you to an attorney that can help.
3. How much do lawyers charge?
Attorney’s fees can be expensive depending on what type of legal problem or case you have and how much time an attorney needs to spend on your case. There are several different types of fee arrangements including hourly, flat fees, and contingent fees. Hourly fees are calculated by multiplying the amount of hours an attorney works on your case by the attorney’s hourly rate. Contingent fees are fees that allow the attorney to receive a certain agreed upon percentage of recovery amounts received by you. A fixed rate places a set price for the service an attorney will provide. Attorney’s fees are usually calculated without including costs. Costs are associated with filing fees, Discovery, the retaining of experts or investigators, copying, travel, court reporters, etc. Experts may include, but not be limited to, a psychologist, psychiatrist, CPA’, appraiser, vocational analyst, fingerprint, DNA, crime scene, blood alcohol, metallurgy and use of force. Always ask the attorney to explain their fees and billing practices prior to engaging their services.