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  • Where can I find a lawyer to help my mom with my grandmother's will and estate. My grandma passed on Jan.7 .2015 .

    My mom needs a lawyer she lives in Buffalo, ny, we need a lawyer who will help make sure everything is done right . We need a lawyer we won't have to pay until the case settles.

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Many lawyers will take on such a case and wait for the case to resolve to get paid if: 1) The case is uncontested, and 2) The lawyer is convinced the estate will have cash to pay the legal bills. Look up lawyers on avvo.com to get a top rated one and call around for the best terms. Don't be shy talking about fees with lawyers.

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  • I am a California chiropractor. I was wondering what is the proper/ethical protocol to refer a patient to an attorney.

    In referring, do we need to offer a list of attorneys, or can we refer to just one?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Most attorneys and chiropractors are in mutual referral relationships. I refer to you; you refer to me. This works if both sides serve the client well.

    You don't want to refer your patient to an attorney who fails either to handle his or her cases well or fails to have satisfied clients. (Some lawyers do a good job on the case but aggravate clients by not taking their calls in a timely manner, etc.)

    You will never go wrong if you offer your patient a choice of attorneys, but you may refer to just one. In either case disclose your relationship, if any, with the attorney such as, "John Doe of Doe and Roe and I often refer clients/patients to each other. Generally, my patients are happy with John which I why I keep referring him my patients. However, I don't get any money for a referral and if you want to go with another lawyer, I can work with whoever your choose."

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  • Car accident retainer

    Was in the hospital after surgery ..my daughter found attorney signed retainer. I never signed retainer

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If you didn't sign the agreement, you are not bound by it.

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  • What extra personal injury insurance to buy for non-driving senior in case injured while in someone else's car?

    Young neighbors of my live-alone, non-driving senior grandpa often give my grandpa rides. These rides are necessary. His young neighbors only have limited liability. What extra Personal injury insurance he can buy to protect himself for God-fo...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    That's a very intelligent question. Obviously, a CA ins. agent may come up with a better answer than I can give. But, since your grandpa does not own a car or is not a member of a car owning household, I believe that neither car insurance nor homeowner's insurance will provide the protection you are looking for.

    You may be limited to some sort of general accidental injury or death insurance policy, assuming that he already has good medical insurance.

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  • Legal fee for a personal injury case in Atlanta

    Is there any law that governs how much an attorney that help me in a personal injury case could charge? For example, can he charge 50% of the the proceeds?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You haven't said what kind of personal injury case or what kind of damages or any other facts about the case. For example, if you were in a car wreck caused by a WalMart truck and the police investigation put 100% blame on the WalMart driver and you had several broken bones you would be in a much better position to get a low contingency fee than if your personal injury case is a sore back from slipping on water at a Walmart store.

    Some lawyers answering this are question have told you what local standard are. However, such standards are not fixed by statute. You might want to Google something like "low cost" or "low fee" Personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, GA, and see which attorneys are trying to compete on price. Then you check out their avvo.com ratings, call the GA state bar and see if the attorney is free of any disciplinary problem and go to other lawyer rating websites.

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  • Does 'right of survivorship' have to be on a property deed to pass to a survivor?

    All stocks and the home were registered in the name of the husband, wife and daughter as co-owners. If there was no clause "right of survivorship", does that make it a subject for probate? Assuming the total value is more than $100,000, does th...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    The law is state specific. The residence of the decedent controls financial accounts and the state the real estate is located in determines the home.

    For example, in Nevada a deed to Jack and Jill as joint tenants makes a joint tenancy without the need for any other language. But, in Nevada, a deed to Jack and Jill as husband and wife, with no other language, does not create a joint tenancy.

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  • Does a home with a reverse mortgage have to be probated?

    When my father passed this past Jan. his will specified all assets be sold and the money divided equally. My brother and myself were named as the executors and there is no problems with the dividing of moneys but dad had a reverse mortgage and the...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Either the house has to be foreclosed upon or it has to go thru probate for the mortgage company to gain title and then sell the house.
    The issue is whether this is your problem or the mortgage company's problem. You should have a lawyer read the mortgage contract to see if the mortgage company has a right to come back against the estate on the mortgage. If this is not the case--and I believe usually this is not the case--then the estate (the heirs) don't have to worry about the mortgage.
    However, if you are going to have to hire a lawyer anyway to probate the other stuff, talk to the lawyer about the heirs assigning their interest in the house to the mtg. company based on the fact that the estate cannot make any money selling the house after expenses and the mortgage.
    If the other assets do not have to go thru probate, then consult a lawyer to confirm whether you and your brother can just let the mortgage company foreclosure on the house without the estate incurring any liability.

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  • Probate what is it

    May have to go to probat cout

    Jonathan’s Answer

    The probate process is a process in which certain assets of a dead person are awarded by a court to either will beneficiaries or the closest relatives. Assets can pass without probate if there is named transfer or death or payable on death beneficiary, if the asset is held in joint tenancy and one of the joint tenant survives, or if the asset is in a trust. It is generally considered desirable to avoid probate with proper estate planning because of the expense of getting lawyers and courts involved in a probate proceeding.

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  • What generally are probate lawyer fees?

    I am thinking of attaining a probate attorney to claim my share of Father's estate (which is modest).

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Typically, attorneys are hired in a probate case either to represent the personal representative in which case the fees are paid out of the estate, or by an heir or claimant who is not the personal representative in which case the lawyer has no assurance of being paid out of the estate. In the first case, the statutory rate of 4% on the first $100,000 and 3% on the next $100,000 and 2% on the next $800,000 is negotiable. At Reed & Mansfield we offer a discounted from this rate for larger CA estates if they are uncontested. However, since we are based in Las Vegas we do not take contested cases in California.

    Your question implies a contest and suggests that you are not the personal representative. A consultation with a local attorney should be able to help you determine if hiring your own lawyer would likely be worthwhile.

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  • Does the age of a plaintiff. Affect a lawsuit,for severe personal injuries?

    Profesional Slot technician and electrician 42 yrs old Plaintiff

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I think the prior answers are right one with one minor quibble. The prior answers assume a permanent injury so the younger guy will have to live with the permanent injury for a longer period of time and logically should get more. If the injuries are not permanent, sometimes, the older guys might have more credibility/sympathy with the jury, if the jury pool is mainly an older group.

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