Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take weekend appointments?
Purcell Legal Services has office hours Monday - Friday from 9am to 5:30pm. We take appointments on the weekend and we have an emergency line available 24 hours a day.
Will I have to go to court?
Usually, once you hire Purcell Legal Services to handle your traffic case, you will not need to appear in court. Further, if you've been charged with an infraction, traffic citation, or misdemeanor, for most types of cases your attorney can appear on your behalf. In more serious criminal cases, cases where a bond has been posted for you, and other litigation matters, it is usually necessary for you to appear in court with your attorney. It is important to consult with your attorney before your court date to find out whether your appearance will be required.
How long will my case take to complete?
At Purcell Legal Services, we work hard to resolve your legal matters as quickly as possible. Generally, traffic and criminal cases get resolved more quickly than civil cases. However, there is not a simple one-size fits all answer to this question. Every case is different; and depending on many factors-including the facts of your case, the opposing party, the lawyer on the other side, discovery (research & investigation) and the judge we draw, your case could take anywhere from a single court appearance to over a year to resolve. As part of your FREE initial case consultation, our experienced attorneys will provide you a more precise estimate of the duration of your case.
I was recently injured in an accident, do I need to hire an attorney?
Every case is different, and every case has a statute of limitations. Don't give away your rights, and don't let too much time pass without talking to an attorney. The fact is, an independent insurance industry study found that car accident victims, on average, received three times more in compensation when they were represented by an attorney than those who weren't.* Insurance companies may tell you not to hire a lawyer. After all, if you're entitled to fair compensation for your injuries, why share a portion of that money with a lawyer? That's a good point, except for one thing. Without a lawyer, you're less likely to receive fair compensation. Furthermore, a personal injury lawyer can tell you what to do and what not to do after an accident in order to maximize your chances of recovery. Finally, at Purcell Legal Services, we offer FREE initial case consultations, so it won't cost you anything to see if we can help you.
*For similar injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. 1994, Insurance Research Council
What forms of payment do you accept?
Purcell Legal Services makes it easy to pay your bill. We gladly accept all major credit & debit cards, as well as cash, checks, and money orders. You can pay over the phone, by mail, in person at the office, or utilize our 24 hour secure drop box.
How much is my lawsuit worth?
If you become our client, we will talk about the value of your case during our first meeting. Please understand putting a specific value on a case can be difficult because no two cases are the same. In most of our cases, even our strong ones, there is a chance that we will lose. Why? Because the area of law is unsettled. Because the facts in your case are ambiguous. Or even because we think the judge we drew is going to get it wrong. So we typically estimate the reasonable settlement value of your case at less than the wrongdoer's total exposure (i.e., the amount the other side will have to pay us if everything goes right for us and wrong for them at trial). Accordingly, it's important that we have a frank and candid discussion about the value of your case, even though you won't owe us any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Further, please remember while we can't guarantee specific results, we will work tirelessly to maximize your recovery.