Consumer Protection Lawyers | Gadsden Office
430-B Chestnut Street, Gadsden, AL 35901
Lead Counsel independently verifies Consumer Protection attorneys in Gadsden and checks their standing with Alabama bar associations.Our Verification Process and Criteria
If you feel your rights as a consumer have been violated, you should seek the counsel of a skilled Gadsden consumer protection lawyer. Consumer protection attorneys can help you seek justice.
Consumer Protection laws are in place to protect people from deceitful or fraudulent business practices. The main focus of these laws is to protect consumers’ health and safety as well as to help them make informed choices when purchasing products.
Businesses can seek to sell products under false information or they may falsely advertise products in order to make their next sale. When a business puts their financial interest in front of your health and safety, they have violated your consumer rights.
Whether you are a victim of consumer fraud, a business scam, or have a products liability claim it is wise to seek the advice of a skilled consumer protection attorney as soon as possible.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.
Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.
Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.
Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.
Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.