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Scott Merl’s Answers

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  • If we demand a jury trial in the complaint, can we later change our minds?

    Scott’s Answer

    The right to a jury trial is a constitutional right, therefore if you don't request it in the initial pleadings you lose that right. Hence, lawyers always request it in the initial pleadings. Also, it is easier to get the parties to agree to a bench trial later then it would be to request the court to grant a jury trial when was not requested in the original pleadings. This is the reason your attorney requested a jury trial in the pleadings, it was to protect your best interests in this matter.

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  • How much does it cost to file for bankruptcy?

    Scott’s Answer

    As my colleagues stated, it all depends on your situation and how many creditors you have. The court filing fee is $306.00. Also, you will need to take pre-filing and post-filing credit counseling class , which may be taken online at a cost of about $40.00 for both classes. As for the attorney fees I would say you are looking at around $800-$1,500 in attorney fees. So, you are looking at around $346 in costs in addition to attorney fees of $800-$1,500 for a total of $1,100-$1,800 for a simple bankruptcy filing. I would urge you to seek counsel as Bankruptcy filings are not extremely complicated but the process is rather nit picky and best left to the help of your representation who has done this numerous times.

    Please note, most if not all attorneys in this field, like myself, provide a free consultation and evaluation of your matter. So please feel free to contact myself or others to discuss your care further.

    Scott Merl, Esquire
    Scott Merl, P.A.
    Admitted to Practice in Florida

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  • I Am Looking to Retain a Florida Attorney in a Potential 'Whistle-Blower' Claim.

    Scott’s Answer

    I would urge you to seek counsel and set up a consultation with an attorney before Whistle-blowing or attempting to Whistle-blow as an attorney would be able to help guide you through the process. Also, Whistle-blowers claimants can be entitled to rewards for any monies the government so you would want to ensure if and when monies were recovered you were given the monies that you were owed as the Whistle-blower

    With all that being said keep in mind, It is your right to hire an attorney and have an attorney help you with this matter or any other legal matter you feel you would prefer representation. Also, most if not all attorneys in this field, like myself, provide a free consultation and evaluation of your matter to help determine what is the best course of action to move forward. I would be happy to speak further with you on this matter.

    Scott Merl, Esquire
    Scott Merl, P.A.
    Admitted to Practice in Florida

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  • If I gave or implied acceptance (verbally over the phone) to accept an insurance settlement can I rescind the next day?

    Scott’s Answer

    As my colleagues stated, the settlement is not considered accepted until you receive the settlement agreement, accept they payment, and the claim is dropped. Until then you have every right to back out and change the settlement terms. Do keep in mind, that by rejecting the settlement offer that process will be prolonged until you receive the funds you desire. I do recommend you contact an attorney who can help you with this matter.

    For these type of claims usually the fee is what is called a contingency fee arrangement. Under that arrangement, the lawyer will be entitled to fees and a percentage of the settlement amount paid. With that being said, for you, the client, there are no out pocket fees and most if not all attorneys in this field, like myself, provide a free consultation and evaluation of your matter.

    Please feel free to contact me so we could discuss this matter further.

    Scott Merl, Esquire
    Scott Merl, P.A.
    Admitted to Practice in Florida

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  • Involved in a car accident, the other driver (at fault) was excluded from the policy; Is their insurance company not liable?

    Scott’s Answer

    As my fellow attorneys all stated. Given the damages amount it may not be best to pursue a lawsuit. However, as my fellow attorneys mentioned it is true that you could bring an uninsured motorist claim to recoup your costs/expenses/damages. I would advise you to consult with an attorney if you decide to move forward with a claim as an attorney may be able to advise and guide you through the process.

    Scott Merl, Esquire
    Scott Merl P.A.
    [email protected]

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