A. A retainer is a deposit or advance payment to the law firm in order to retain the services of an attorney. It may also be used to pay for some of the fees and costs the firm anticipates will be incurred in your representation. The firm will be compensated from these funds only when fees are earned or costs are incurred on your behalf.
The amount of the retainer requested by the firm depends on the amount of time and costs the firm anticipates it will spend for your representation. The retainer usually covers only a portion of the entire anticipated fee. If all retainer funds have not been utilized upon conclusion of your representation, you will be refunded the difference. Work will not begin on your behalf until the retainer has been paid in full.
A. You may be able to file a case for damages in small claims court. However, if you are seeking to obtain more than $6,000 in damages or you are filing as a corporation, you will not be able to file in small claims without legal counsel.
A. The Allen County Courthouse is located in historic downtown Fort Wayne at 715 S Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A. The City-County Building is located at 1 E Main Street in historic downtown Fort Wayne, across from the Allen County Courthouse.
A. The small claims division is located in the Allen County Courthouse Annex at 113 W Berry Street in downtown Fort Wayne.
A. The Wood Youth Center is located at 2929 Wells Street North in Fort Wayne, just minutes from downtown.
A. The Social Security District Office is located at 5800 S. Fairfield Ave., Ste. 235. The Office of Hearings and Appeals for Social Security is located in north Fort Wayne at 6511 Brotherhood Way.
A. Typically both secretaries and paralegals will be assisting on your case, but the paralegal will play a much larger role as far as working intimately with you and being available to field questions about your case. If you call to ask your attorney a question, and he or she is not available, the secretary and/or paralegal may have the answer. Please note that secretaries and/or paralegals CANNOT give legal advice.
A. The length of time it takes to complete a matter can vary. Much of it will depend upon the cooperation of the parties and attorneys involved, as well as other factors. For example, a dissolution may take longer if the divorce is contested, and whether or not custody is being challenged.
A. The first thing that an attorney asks of a client is to be truthful at all times. Withholding information or providing incorrect information will prevent the attorney from giving proper advice. Additionally, throughout the legal process the attorney will have various different requests, so be prepared to give your attorney as much information as possible regarding you and your case. Keeping detailed files with information such as dates, finances and the like will also help your attorney help you. It is also critical that you keep the attorney informed at all times with regard to any changes in your address or other contact information.