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Fernald & Zaffos : Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of common questions our lawyers receive to help you address some of your pressing concerns. However, don’t take these answers as standalone legal advice. If you need more information concerning your case, get in touch, and an attorney will contact you right away.

Which attorney do I need?

Our attorneys at the Fernald & Zaffos specialize in six fields: employment, insurance, logistics, personal injury, real estate, and technology. If your issue falls under one of these categories, we’ll help you connect with an attorney specific to your needs. And if you’re not sure, don’t worry—we can also help you figure out what kind of help you need. 

When should I see an attorney?

Not all legal matters require the help of an attorney. But if the case is complex, or if you’re unsure about how to proceed, getting a licensed attorney can make a huge difference in your legal battle, especially if it involves a court ruling.

From filing legal documents to coming up with the right defense that would turn the tables in your favor, employing legal services can take a lot of the burden off your shoulders.

What does an attorney do?

An attorney will analyze your situation, conduct research, and find areas that can help you from a legal standpoint. That may include applying their knowledge of federal and state-level land laws to protect you in the home purchase process or finding loopholes in your company’s policy that could help your post-employment defense.

They will also represent you in court, elevating your credibility and ensuring that your argument is expressed to the right individuals.

How long will the legal service last?

This is dependent on individual cases. Some may close in a few days or weeks, while others may take months or longer to resolve. You’ll receive regular communication and legal advice, but the timeline for closing the case depends on various factors—some of which we have no control over.

How many times do I have to pay for legal service?

We offer various payment arrangements, but the fees and number of times you have to pay depends entirely on your case. For example, short-term services can be covered with an upfront payment, but longer cases may require multiple payments down the line, albeit in smaller denominations, to cover the lawyer’s time and expertise.

You will be made aware of the rates and the exact fees you need to cover throughout your time working with our lawyers.

Can I change lawyers?

If you’ve worked with a different lawyer until recently and are looking to work with a new attorney for whatever reason, we are certainly open to taking on your case. First, however, your former lawyer will have to turn in all the documentation and evidence they have gathered thus far.

Can I ask a question not related to my case?

Of course—Fernald & Zaffos is more than happy to assist you in any way possible. Simply give us a call for a free consultation.

Are all my conversations with you confidential?

Yes. At Fernald & Zaffos, we take extra precautions to ensure that all legal matters stay between your attorney and you. If the expertise of another lawyer or entity, such as a police or doctor, is required, you will be made aware and strict confidentiality measures will be imposed wherever possible.

Can you help me write a contract?

Our lawyers are skilled in drafting various legal contracts in their fields of expertise. We can help you write terms and conditions, software licensing agreements, home purchase and sale contracts, and other documents that carry legal weight.

Can I avoid going to court?

Court rules vary from state to state, but rest assured that if you need to present yourself in court, an attorney will guide you through the process and handle all the hard work involved in resolving your case.

If you have already committed a no-show and were charged for it, an attorney may be able to negotiate with the judge to withdraw charges depending on your situation.

Do I need a lawyer to buy a home?

When buying a home, you are only obligated to have an attorney if it’s required by law in your state. However, it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer who can help you draft contracts and make strong negotiations to ensure your best interest throughout the journey.

Do I need to go to court?

This entirely depends on your case. Going to court doesn’t always mean that you’re in deep trouble. For example, you may be summoned to attend a court ruling to defend yourself against your employer after getting a major workplace injury due to their negligence.

Can I refuse a search?

Authorities can only conduct a search if they have the appropriate warrant, which they can procure after you have been lawfully arrested. While you can’t resist the search due to the risk of consequences, you don’t have to consent to it.

Suppose you happen to encounter a complicated case where your person, vehicle, or home is searched. In that case, a lawyer can help you act correctly and say the right things to prevent compromising your best interest.

Can you help me settle an insurance dispute?

Absolutely. We have fantastic lawyers that specialize in insurance law. They can help you review contracts and ensure that your policy truly contains the benefits promised by the insurance company. In addition, they may help you obtain insurance when denied or sue against malpractice in certain situations.

My company needs a lawyer. Can you help?

Our lawyers specialize in helping both individuals and companies of all sizes, whether you’re representing a small business or a major corporation. More often than not, there are a lot of legal documents, such as contracts and partnership agreements, that require expert scrutiny. Paying attention to these nuances as they come will prevent disputes down the line, so it’s in a company’s best interest to always seek legal guidance.

Can you help me get a patent?

Yes, our patent prosecution lawyers are well-equipped with the knowledge and expertise to protect your invention from being stolen. In addition, we’ll carefully run you through the patent application process and help you comply with all the legal guidelines to improve your chances of securing a patent.

Can you help me sue another company?

Depending on your situation, our lawyers may be able to offer the legal services required for you to sue another company. For example, if another company has stolen your registered trademark, we can help you file a lawsuit. Contact us to discuss your specific case.

I was injured on a cruise. What kind of lawyer do I consult?

Our maritime, personal injury, and insurance lawyers can help you file a claim, but the procedure varies depending on your situation. At times, multiple lawyers may be employed to help complex cases that involve various areas of practice. Rest assured that our goal is always to find a solution that falls in your best interest.

If your questions were not answered, head over to our News & Press section for a more detailed overview of areas that may help you, such as deciding when is the right time to work with an attorney. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send a message to schedule a consultation and receive one-on-one guidance.

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