FAQs

What kind of matters do we handle? LLO handles various personal & business matters involving disputes, including jury trials and appeals. The main focus of our firm is in injury and medical law for individuals and families, as well as business and property disputes. We assist clients with representation throughout the handling of their claims, whether through informal negotiation, mediation or actual judge or jury-trials.

In addition, LLO is a full-service law firm, handling routine matters such as the formation of corporations and LLC's; creation of last wills, powers of attorneys and trusts; state and federal, misdemeanor and felony criminal defense; and family law matters such as divorce, child and spousal support (alimony) and parental rights and responsibilities (child custody). The firm has always specialized in business transactions and litigation; simple and complex personal injury, medical malpractice and other torts, as well as the aggressive defense of individuals charged with a criminal offense.

What if the Firm determines that it is unable or unwilling to handle the client's matter after the Consultation? We take great care in understanding the client's situation and providing the best factual analysis and legal opinions. In limited situations, when we will not be assuming further responsibility on a transaction or entering our appearances in court or before a board, the Firm will make a personal recommendation of another lawyer, law firm or legal services agency. Personal recommendations are made to a select group of carefully chosen legal professionals - and never on the basis of promises or the expectation of cross-referrals.

How much does it cost to speak with an LLO Lawyer? It depends. The Firm refers to its client introductions and meetings as Consultations. For matters that the firm may accept representation on a Contingent Fee basis (whereby the legal fee is a portion of the recovery, if any), there is no consultation fee. For other matters of a transactional, corporate, civil, family or criminal basis, the Firm offers a flat-rate consultation fee. This fee is standard regardless of the type of matter or the meeting time needed to listen to and advise the client. Convenient Consultations are offered by telephone, via web-cast video, in the office or at the client's home or place of employment/business.

What is a Contingent Fee? You've heard the slogan "No Fee paid unless you Win!". In essence, that arrangement refers to the use of a contingent fee. Whether or not the client pays the law firm a fee depends on the eventual outcome of the case. A case is successful when settled by mutual agreement and consent, or when a Judge or Jury returns a verdict in the client's favor. Most contingent fees are set and used in personal injury and medical malpractice cases, but this firm has in the past handled employment matters, discrimination claims, and some business disputes on a contingent fee basis. Note that it is unethical for a lawyer to charge a contingent fee based on the outcome of a criminal matter or one involving family law/divorce. The amount of the fee is usually stated as a percentage of the recovery. Whether the client must pay for costs and the set amount of the fee are discussed thoroughly with the client at our initial consultations and client meetings.

After the initial Consultation, what might it cost to retain the Firm? The Firm uses written Letter or Representation Agreements with regard to every matter.

A Letter Agreement summarizes the matter and addresses the fees and costs that may be involved. It is used in one-time or more routine matters. A Representation & Fee Agreement contains specific details of the matter (transaction or case), the professional services involved, the hourly rates for attorneys and staff, client and attorney expectations, and the billing policies of the Firm.

The actual legal fee may be set as a flat fee, hourly rate or a combination of both, whereby a hybrid fee arrangement may be set based on the achievement of certain performance standards and accomplishments. (Hybrid fees are not allowed in criminal defense or family law matters, per State of Maine Bar Rules.)

What is a retainer, and how does that work? A retainer is a set amount of pre-paid legal fees and/or costs. The retainer is paid to the Firm and deposited into a Client Funds Trust Account. As professional services are rendered and costs incurred, the balance is charged to the retainer. Clients receive monthly billing statements that show in detail the services and costs being deducted from the retainer and the balance remaining. Most retainers must be replenished when the balance drops to 50% or less of the initial retainer.

Who will be working on my transaction, matter or case? Teamwork is a prominent feature of the way we work at LLO. Responsibility for each matter, whether a transaction or case, is assumed by a Principal Attorney who works with one or more legal assistants or paralegals on the matter. In more complicated matters, two or more attorneys may work collaboratively on research, analysis, discovery, preparation and presentation of the documents or the case. The Attorney(s) selects the assistant with the greatest experience and expertise with that client matter. By having a team working for you, client communications and the expediency of the matter are greatly enhanced.

How long do I have to bring a claim or lawsuit? Different deadlines or 'Statutes of Limitations' apply to claims depending on the type of matter. The civil statute of limitations for most general claims is six (6) years - that is, a claim must be filed in a state or federal court within six years of the date of the action or wrong giving rise to the claim. Certain matters have very short time periods within which to file or serve a Notice of the Claim or an actual lawsuit. State Tort Claims against a muncipality or the State of Maine must be served by written notice on the responsible individuals, agency or governmental unit within 180 days of the date the claim arises. Civil assaults (2 years), defamation & slander and medical malpractice (3 years) are more examples of various claims with shortened limitations periods.

Check with an Attorney at Largay Law Offices, P.A. for any specific deadlines.

CONTACT US:Main Office: Via Telephone: Via E-mail: Via Internet:293 State Street, Bangor, ME. 207.947.4LAW (4529) [email protected] www.LargayLaw.com