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Jonathan Reed’s Legal Guides

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  • What Should You Look For in a Written Contingency Fee Agreement?

    The retainer agreement you sign for a lawyer to represent you in a personal injury or malpractice claim has a lot of important parts. The retainer agreement language is a big factor in how much you will net in your case. I originally wrote this as an avvo.com article, but as I ...

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  • The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

    As apersonal injury attorney who represents accident victims I frequently get a case in which the blameless victim has been horribly injured by a drunk or careless driver who either does not have insurance or who has only a minimal insurance policy that is too small to pay for f...

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  • My Case Settled and My Attorney Hasn't Paid Me!

    Your personal injury case dragged on for two years. Finally, your attorney gets a settlement check; it is deposited to their trust account and you don't get your check. What is going on? In theory your attorney is supposed to not distribute the settlement to you, any lien holders...

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  • Does Lawyer Advertising Help Clients?

    Ever since the 1977 Supreme Court case of Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, lawyers have been free to advertise. Does this help or hurt clients or not make any difference? Attorney advertising falls into three categories. These are: PICK ME BECAUSE I'LL DO THE SAME WORK FOR LESS I b...

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  • Should Attorneys Find Doctors for their Injury Clients?

    To many people the idea of a personal injury attorney sending their clients to doctors seems sleazy: Wouldn't the client find "real" doctors on their own if they were really hurt? Not always. Let's consider some examples: A five year old girl receives a deep cut on her face. ...

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  • How Do You Want your Lawyer to Relate to the Other Side?

    If you look at legal advertising you will see that many attorneys market themselves as "aggressive." Sometimes lawyers even use pictures of sharks or snarling dogs to convey the message that they are tough guys. In my first job I remember asking a client why she chose my boss for...

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  • Federal Vaccination Compensation Program

    The Federal Government has a program providing compensation to people suffering certain reactions to most vaccinations. The program pays attorneys fees and cost so the claimant does not have to pay money upfront or out of any award. The vaccinations covered are: tetanus, pertussi...

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  • Jury Trial or Judge Trial in a Las Vegas Personal Injury Case?

    As a Plaintiff's attorney I almost never have to ask myself whether I want a jury or a judge trial. I can lay 1000 to 1 odds in most cases that the defense (in a personal injury case defended by an insurance company or a big corporate defendant) will demand a jury trial so I let...

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  • When is the Uphill Property Owner Liable for Water Damage to the Downhill Property?

    There is actually a Nevada Supreme Court case in point, Shepard v. Harrison, 100 Nev. 178, 678 P.2d 670 (1984). In that case there were two adjacent homes, one higher than the other. During a heavy rain a retaining wall between the two properties collapses causing a large quantit...

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  • Defective Product Litigation--Examples of Dangerously Defective Products

    If you have been hurt by a defective product you may have a great case. For decades courts have taken the position that as a matter of public policy manufacturers (and people who sell their products) should be liable if the product should have been made safer and wasn't. For exa...

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