Scott Kenneth Petersen’s Answers

Scott Kenneth Petersen

Sarasota Litigation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Billing

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Thomas H. McGowan
    2. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    3. Okorie Okorocha
    3 lawyer answers

    No. A lawyer has no authority to place additional charges beyond your agreed-upon retainer, without your authorization. Before complaining to the Bar, however, you should meet with your lawyer in-person and get his or her explanation regarding what was done. I cannot say at this point that you have grounds for a Bar complaint, because it would depend both upon what your contract with the lawyer says and the facts and circumstances regarding your lawyer's actions.

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  2. Playing Chase With My Attorney

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Burton Blecher
    2. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    2 lawyer answers

    You have two separate issues: 1) a grievance with the State Bar and 2) a malpractice claim. They are separate issues, so let's deal with them independently. First, as to a grievance with the Bar, you probably have grounds (I am not licensed in Texas and thus cannot render an opinion, but most bars have provisions that dicate a lawyer must keep a client reasonably informed of progress on a case, must be prepared in court, must zealously represent his or her client's interests, etc.). A bar...

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  3. Teen agers

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    3. Alec Scott Rose
    4. Jessica Ann Foley
    4 lawyer answers

    There are more than likely state statutes that cover the sort of contact which you describe. You should consult a local criminal defense attorney for specific advice. An initial consultation is not very expensive and would be worth it to give you piece of mind. That said, I would advise against confronting either the girl or her parents. You might stir up problems unnecessarily, especially if the girl and her parents have not made any sort of objections or complaints thus far. I would,...

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  4. Legalzoom??

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    2. Robert Bailey Branson
    3. Alec Scott Rose
    4. John Andrew Campanella
    4 lawyer answers

    The law is not a "cookie cutter" area and thus, you should be wary of any "prefabricated" documents, whether you get them online or in a bookstore or at "legal document" services. Such documents will by definition not be tailored to your individual circumstances and needs. And, because they are not so tailored, there is no way to determine if such documents properly anticipate any potential claims or issues that may arise in the future. In other words, just as you should be cautious...

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  5. What is the employment rate of lawyers in miami

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    2. Okorie Okorocha
    3. John Andrew Campanella
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question is unclear. If you mean what is the hourly billing rate in Miami, I would disagree with my colleague who quoted you as low as $100/hour. I believe you should expect to pay substantially higher, especially if it's a plaintiff's side employment case. Conservatively, I would estimate at least $200/hour. Also, some lawyers take those cases as a contingent fee, but you would have to consult the lawyer individually for a quote on that. If you mean what is the market like as far...

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  6. Trying to decide to go to trial or not...

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Thomas H. McGowan
    2. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    3. Don Waggoner
    4. Sharon Elizabeth Chirichillo
    5. Lawrence Neil Rogak
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    As others have said, this is a dilemma many face when confronted with a choice between a plea and deferred adjudication. I would consult with another Florida criminal defense lawyer for a 2nd opinion before proceeding. However, the 2nd lawyer's advice may turn out to be similar to that of your current attorney. If you are out of state, and as you say, your husband has no criminal record, then it should not be difficult to live up to the terms of the deferred adjudication. If you do not have...

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  7. Served with Motion For Civil Contempt/Enforcement - Fla

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Thomas H. McGowan
    2. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    3. Dave Hawkins
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally, filing a form with a court titled "answer" that denies the allegations of the petition should be sufficient to avoid entry of a default. You would be well advised, however, to contact an attorney in Orange County, FL to assist you. You should have your attorney review the settlement agreement to determine if you were in fact obligated to pay for college tuition payments. If so, then have your attorney contact your ex-wife and work out a payment plan to take care of your obligation...

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  8. Appeal

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Ron Renzy
    2. Thomas H. McGowan
    3. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    4. Jason Garrett Epstein
    5. Keith Samuel Hasson
    5 lawyer answers

    As your attorney will probably tell you, a counteroffer not only terminates the original offer from the other party, but that party is under no obligation to respond to a counteroffer. That said, it is odd that you have not received a response. I echo the advice of others that said your attorney should send a letter re-stating the counteroffer and telling the other side that under no circumstances will an extension of time be granted for filing of their initial brief.

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  9. Attorney's possible inattention

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Thomas H. McGowan
    2. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    3. Jason Garrett Epstein
    4. Robert S. Bennett
    5. Keith Samuel Hasson
    5 lawyer answers

    Your attorney absolutely has a duty to keep you informed as to ongoing developments in your case. If the attorney is not available, his legal assistant should at least be able to tell you when the suit was filed as well as the status of service. I suggest you send your attorney a letter, keeping a copy for yourself, letting him or her know that you will seek other representation if you do not receive a prompt and complete response to your inquiries.

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  10. Dental Scams, and Retrieving Records and X-Rays

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Norman Gregory Fernandez
    2. Harry J. Nelson
    3. Scott Kenneth Petersen
    4. Michael Emory Clark
    4 lawyer answers

    You need to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney immediately to properly assess your claims. Ask prospective attorneys if they have experience with dental cases. Your attorney will know how to get compies of your dental records and will be able to provide names of qualified dentists who may act as expert witnesses. Also, you can file a complaint with the California Dentistry Board regarding the treatment you received at the following link:

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