FAQs for Attorneys

Here are some typical questions people have for their attorney:

What is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?

‬‭The terms are often used interchangeably and there is no real difference between the two terms in this country.  In England there is a difference in that barristers represent people in court and lawyers don’t appear in court but do render legal advice to their clients.

What are the costs associated with hiring an attorney?

Attorney fees vary depending on the complexity and subject matter of the case, as well as the attorney’s‬ experience and the location. Some subject matter is chargeable by hourly rates while others‬ ‭are on a contingency.‬

How long does it take to resolve a legal matter?

The duration varies depending on the type and complexity of the case. Attorneys can provide an estimate based on their experience, however ‬with the advent of COVID, it is even more difficult to estimate how long a case will take.

What information should I bring to my initial consultation with an attorney?

Bring everything that has anything to do with what you are consulting the attorney for, whether you think it is relevant or not. Let the attorney decide what is relevant.

How does attorney-client privilege work?

Attorney-client privilege protects communications between a client and their attorney from being disclosed without the client’s consent. The client holds the confidentiality privilege and not the attorney, meaning that the confidentiality is for the protection of the client.

What is a retainer fee, and how does it work?

A retainer fee is an upfront payment to secure an attorney’s services. The attorney then bills against this retainer as they work on the case and the client is given a billing statement.‬ Usually retainers are held in escrow by the attorney until services are rendered or litigation costs are paid.

What are alternative dispute resolution methods, and are they suitable for my case?

Mediation and arbitration are alternative methods to resolve disputes outside of court, and they are used more often now than prior to COVID. An attorney can advise on whether these methods are appropriate for your situation.

How can I keep legal costs down?

Clear communication with your attorney, providing organized and relevant information, along with following their advice can help keep legal fees down.  ‬

What is the likelihood of success in my case?

While no attorney can guarantee specific outcomes, they can provide an assessment based on their experience with the subject matter and the court to advise of the possible remedies and/or strategies.

What should I do if I cannot afford an attorney?

Explore options such as legal aid, pro bono services, clinics at law schools or places that offer sliding scale fees. Some‬ attorneys offer free initial consultations.‬

Remember, these are general questions, and the specific details will depend on the jurisdiction, the type of law and the unique circumstances of each case. Always consult with a qualified attorney for advice tailored to your situation.

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Reasonable Rates & Fees

For Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases, we have a contingency fee based on a percentage of what we obtain for you. We will not charge you any fee unless and until we settle your case, prevent the loss of your benefits or obtain benefits for you. 

For Family Law clients, we understand that financial difficulties often accompany divorce and other family law issues. Ask us about our reasonable and competitive hourly rates for your situation. 

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Why Clients Choose Deborah

Heather A
2023-03-01
I have known Deb for years now and it all started in 2009 when I got hurt and needed legal help with my workers comp. I randomly chose Deb because of the things I read on her website and I liked that she had a take charge attitude about just about everything. She out-lawyered someone and got me more in a settlement for that and then also worked with me on another case and won that one as well for me. If you get to know Deb and her personal story, you will get to know an amazing single mom who has had her own struggles and has come out so much stronger. She will fight for you if you do your part as a client and follow her guidance. I have now used two women lawyers in Media and three men and I actually found the two women far more effective and both won my cases that the men lost. Without Deb and my other lawyer winning the cases for me that they did - I could have found myself disabled for good with no money to pay for the life I live because I can’t work now. I credit my ability to be able to eat and have transportation and all. I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work they did for me. Deb has won two of my cases and I would absolutely refer others to her for the same kinds of cases and I would use her again if I ever needed her help again!
Daveen Carpenter
2019-10-08
Deborah's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly. I am forever grateful
Rebecca Porter
2019-09-24
If you ever need a worker’s compensation attorney, I highly suggest using Deborah Truscello. I had a work accident injury and was referred to Deborah. She was with me every step of the way, with this long-drawn-out process. She was there any time I had questions or needed advice on my rehabilitation. Now my case is settled. I am very happy how things turned out and I owe it all to her. I can't thank her enough. I will use her again if I ever need too.
Jackson Jones
2019-09-01
Deborah is an excellent lawyer. She was professional, knowledgeable, and made me and my case feel important. She was always accessible and answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend Debbie to anyone injured at work and in need of legal services.
K M
2019-05-18
I am a client of Deborah Truscello and also a woman of color. Deborah Truscello is not a bigot nor is she a racist. I hired Ms. Truscello back in 2016 for a very nasty custody case against a crazy man who has a history of dragging all his children through the court system. Ms. Truscello has been nothing but professional and well organized. She is very reliable and always available. I could contact her any time of the day or night and she is always responsive to my text messages, calls, and emails. If you are considering hiring her as your attorney I highly recommend you schedule a consultation and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.
Andrew Kriegh
2018-08-17
Amazing law firm, they have helped me so much and enlightened me to the options I have, and to the right doctors who are still treating my issues... Very professional and very great people glad to have her in my team!!
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