FAQ

There’s a lot at stake when you choose a law firm. The right attorneys for you are those that serve your unique needs, not their own. Before making a decision, ask lots of questions to make sure you’re comfortable that your are hiring a firm whose approach to the law is compatible with your interests, goals and legal issues.

The links below provide answers to the questions we hear most. If you want to discuss your individual case in more detail, contact us now.

Have you handled this type of case?

The attorneys at Gelbman Legal Group, P.C. have long experience with the Law, New York State regulations (such as Medicaid), Business, Technology, Disability, Criminal Defense, and all aspects of the issues likely to arise in the cases we take.

Do you practice in the court where my case will be heard?

The lawyers at Gelbman Legal Group, P.C. have been practicing in the courts of the greater Capital District of New York for years.

Have you ever been sanctioned for, or accused of, attorney misconduct?

In New York, you can look up the disciplinary history of any attorney online. However, none of the attorneys associated with Gelbman Legal Group, P.C. have ever been accused of, let alone found culpable of professional misconduct

Do you have any conflicts of interest?

Attorneys in New York, as in every state, have an ethical obligation to advise you of any conflict of interest. Schedule a free consultation with our offices and we will be happy to discuss your case.

What are the likely outcomes in my case?

In any legal matter, you want attorneys who will aggressively pursue your interests. We cannot guarantee any specific result but we can give you a frank preliminary assessment of how strong your case is and what the potential recovery likely to look like. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

What will the fees and expenses be?

This depends on what sort of legal services you need. For routine matters like drafting a simple will, real estate closings or fighting a traffic summons, it will be a fixed amount. For contract drafting, complex wills, it may be an hourly rate.

In cases where you are suing for monetary damages, we typically work on a “contingency fee.” This means we get paid a portion (typically one-third) of the amount you receive after a successful trial or settlement after expenses of the case are paid. Expenses include things like court filing fees, or expert witnesses. Of course, if we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing.

Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

What strategy do you propose?

Every case is different, and you need aggressive, intelligent advice in planning your case – that’s where we come in. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or Request a Free Consultation and we can discuss your specific case and explain the possible ways to handle your case, including the pros and cons.

Are there alternatives to a trial?

In most cases, there is the possibility of a negotiated resolution prior to trial – whether by negotiation, arbitration or, in criminal matters, plea bargain.

In the vast majority of civil cases, settlements are reached out of court. But even where there is a negotiated settlement, you want tough, aggressive and committed representation to ensure you get the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

Nine: How long will my case take?

Each case is different and it is hard to say how long any particular case will take. Many factors control the pace of the process and we cannot make any promises about when it will be over. With that said, we can give you a rough idea of what reasonable expectations might be. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

How will we communicate?

You will be able to have regular communications with our legal team via email, text or phone. Make sure we have your contact information so we can stay in touch. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

What is my role in case preparation?

It is quite important that you help us gather the information to make your case in the most effective manner possible. We typically ask our clients to provide documents and background information. However, we also often ask you not speak to witnesses, opposing counsel, opposing investigators or do any legal work. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

Who will be doing the work?

Our firm works with experienced “of counsel” attorneys in addition to our partners and paralegals. We can often save you money by delegating routine tasks to firm employees who charge a lower hourly rate. However, your lawyer remains involved in all key aspects and decisions of your case. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.

There are no stupid questions!

No question is stupid or naïve and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Taking the time to ask questions at the beginning will give you a much better chance of having a solid and successful attorney-client relationship. Call us at (833) 529-6491 or request a Free Consultation for more information.