We take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if there is no monetary recovery, you owe us nothing for our services.
In most cases, the Law Offices of Jimmy De La Espriella, P.A. will advance the expenses of the case and we will be paid back by you when there is a recovery.
We look at many cases, and we are not a large law firm. Unfortunately, we are not able to help all the people who ask for and need our help. All of our law firm partners review each potential case. If we believe that we can be of service to you, we will take the case. Sometimes, if we are unable to help you, we know of other lawyers who can help, and we will refer you to them.
The value of each case is different and must be evaluated separately. We take a great deal of time to come to a proper evaluation of your case. However, you must know that there is never a guarantee of any recovery.
If you live in a state where we are not licensed, we associate with competent local counsel and work closely with them on your case. By associating with local counsel, we are able to appear and practice in states where we are not licensed.
We have many people at any given time working on your case. There are lawyers and legal assistants with whom you will work directly. There are also investigators, law clerks and word processors all working on your case. Some of these people you will never see or have contact with. But we are all working to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
We have legal assistants to assist the lawyers in working on your case. The legal assistants are an integral part of our team. Many times the lawyers who are directly responsible for your case are out of the office in court or at other required meetings or are working on other cases. You should know that any time you want to speak with the lawyer who is responsible for your case that every attempt will be made to have that lawyer return your call directly as soon as possible.
Yes. No case is ever settled without your express consent. Whenever settlement negotiations are initiated by either party you will be informed, and it is only with your full participation, advice, and consent that your case will be settled.
Typically, once a case is settled, documents must be exchanged between both parties of the lawsuit. This process usually takes 30 – 45 days, but can take longer if your case involves special circumstances.
We work in states all over the United States. Each court in the United States differs in the amount of time it takes to bring a case to trial. Once we know what court we will be dealing with, we will be in a much better position to estimate the time to trial.
Yes, if there is a trial, you must be present.
During the course of your case you will most likely have to give a deposition. A deposition is a statement that is given under oath before a certified court reporter. When your deposition is taken, one of the lawyers in this office will be there to represent you.