The Legal Services Agreement is the contract between you, the client, and our firm. It lays out the client’s responsibilities and our firm’s responsibilities. It also specifies what you are hiring us to do. Our attorney-client relationship does not begin until you sign and return the Legal Services Agreement. In some cases, you may also be required to pay a retainer before we begin work.
We accept debt collection harassment cases (FDCPA and FCCPA) and credit reporting violation cases (FCRA) on a contingency fee basis. We will also consider taking certain commercial litigation cases and appeals (not family law) on a contingency fee basis.
In a consumer case taken on a contingency fee (FDCPA, FCCPA, or FCRA), you will not owe us anything if your case is not successful. In other types of contingency fee arrangements, it is possible that you may owe our firm fees or costs. The specifics will be spelled out in the Contingency Fee Agreement, which you will need to agree to and sign prior to the commencement of the attorney-client relationship.
In debt collection harassment cases, successful plaintiffs can recover up to $1,000, as that is the maximum for statutory damages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act, plus attorneys’ fees and costs. In some unique circumstances, actual damages may also be available.
After a settlement agreement is signed, a defendant will have a set number of days to delivery the settlement payment. This can very but it is usually not more than 30 days in a consumer case. It usually takes a few days for the check to clear and a few days to mail you your check. You can also arrange to come to our office to pick up your check.
At this time, there is no charge for a 30-minute initial consultation.
Yes, you may schedule your initial consultation at our office in Tampa or by phone or video conference.
We will keep you informed about the progress of your case by emailing you or calling you. You can also schedule an appointment for an in-person meeting. We will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
We have over 15 years of legal experience and know how to best represent you in the areas of law in which we practice. The opposing party and judge are more likely to take you and your case seriously if you are represented by counsel. We are familiar with the Florida and Federal Rules of Procedure and will walk you through the process. If you retain our firm, you can rest assured that you will receive skilled, experienced, and aggressive legal representation.
In business litigation and commercial matters, we charge our clients on an hourly or fixed fee basis. For hourly work, we typically issue monthly invoices. We generally require a deposit or retainer prior to beginning work on matters for new clients. Depending on the terms of the Legal Services Agreement, this deposit or retainer may need to be replenished as the case progresses. In some instances, we will take a business litigation case on a contingency fee basis.
We are admitted to practice in Florida and New York. We represent clients throughout Florida with special focus on West Central Florida and the Tampa Bay region, including Carrollwood, Wesley Chapel, Temple Terrace, Odessa, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Largo, and Clearwater. We practice in all of Florida’s federal courts (the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida) and in the Judicial Circuits for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Sarasota, and Manatee Counties.
Our firm is committed to pro bono representation. In most cases, our pro bono work is referred to us by an established legal services organization, such as Bay Area Legal Services and the Community Law Program.
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