Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering hiring a law firm for the first time, you likely have a number of questions. Read the following below to learn the answers to some of the more common questions we receive from our clients:

Seeking Representation

I think my case is clear-cut: do I need an attorney?

Most definitely. Just because you believe your case is straightforward and uncomplicated does not mean that a judge or jury will feel the same way. If you choose to represent yourself, you are held to the same standards as an attorney. You will be expected to know how to properly introduce evidence, comply with deadlines, and present your arguments and legal motions appropriately. Your case can be seriously jeopardized by attempting to represent yourself.

The Firm

Why should I hire your firm?

There is no shortage of attorneys in Florida. Our firm sets itself apart from others through our experience and the personal attention we provide to our clients. We have been helping Florida clients for over 40 years. This experience is something that cannot be acquired in any other way other than through providing exceptional service to one client at a time. It enables us to act quickly to protect your rights and resolve your dispute. We also want to earn your trust and confidence, so we make sure that you are kept informed and involved in your case from start to finish.

Will I have a lawyer representing me?

Of course! Some firms have large numbers of paralegal professionals who handle most aspects of your case. You may only meet your attorney when you need to appear in court! We do not believe in that practice at Spink and Associates, P.A. You and your lawyer will need to build a professional relationship founded on trust in order for you to receive the most benefits from your legal representative. This can only be accomplished by frequent and meaningful interactions with your attorney. As your case progresses, your attorney will learn about your needs and preferences. Similarly, you will learn how your attorney works and the quality of legal representation you can expect.

How much does it cost to have your firm represent me?

Because each case is different, it is impossible to give an answer to this without knowing the specifics of your case. We will discuss our fees and payment during your free initial consultation. Our fees will be based on the complexity of your case and our estimation of the time and resources necessary to effectively resolve your case.

Civil Litigation

What steps or stages does my case go through?

Each type of case may have unique rules that apply to it; however, civil cases usually will progress through the same general steps regardless of the specific area of law involved. The plaintiff – the one filing the lawsuit – will file a petition; the defendant will file a responsive document called an “answer.” The parties will then engage in a formal exchange of information called “discovery.” Discovery can last several months, depending on the issues involved in your case. Pretrial motions are usually heard by the court during the following step. Here, the parties attempt to either resolve the case entirely or at least shape the issues that will be tried and the evidence that will be permitted. A trial is then held and a judgment is entered. This judgment may be appealed and reviewed by a higher court. After the appeal (or if no appeal is filed), the judgment is finalized and can be enforced through wage garnishments, liens, and other techniques.

Why is my case taking so long to resolve?

It is only natural to want your case resolved quickly. We want your case resolved quickly, too, and we put in a great deal of time trying to move your case along as promptly as possible. However, delays can and do happen. Thoroughly investigating your case can take time as we depose important witnesses or wait for copies of vital documents. Beyond this, the judge assigned to your case may be on vacation or tied up with other hearings. Or the other party’s attorney may be ill or unavailable to discuss your case. Rest assured that we will make every effort to move your case along as quickly as possible without sacrificing the quality of the representation you receive or threatening the results of your case.

Is a settlement right for my case?

Possibly. This would depend not only on your own goals and objectives but also on the willingness of the other party to settle the case. A large majority of cases are successfully resolved through settlement agreements. Even where you want to resolve your case through a settlement, though, it is important to have experienced legal counsel representing you so your rights are protected during negotiations and so that the settlement agreement that is finally reached is properly recorded and entered.