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Why should I work with Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

We understand that our clients’ legal needs are very important and the decision of whom to hire as their attorneys is a difficult one. There are several reasons why we believe you can trust us with your case: First, our values. Our firm emphasizes three tenets: integrity, honesty, and tenacity. Integrity means putting our clients’… Read more »

My insurance company has denied my insurance claim, but I think that my insurance policy covers the damage. What should I do?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The first step is to determine whether the insurance carrier properly denied the claim. An insurance carrier usually sends a denial letter to its insured when it denies an insurance claim. The denial letter is supposed to state the basis for the insurance carrier’s denial of the claim. But usually, the denial letter does little… Read more »

I think my insurance company is intentionally undervaluing my insurance claim. Do I have to sue in order to get what I think I am owed?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

While you certainly have the right to bring a lawsuit against your insurance carrier, you may have other, less expensive and less time-consuming options. For example, your insurance policy may give you the right to demand an appraisal hearing to resolve a dispute with your insurance carrier over the value of the insurance claim. An… Read more »

How long does it take to resolve a lawsuit against an insurance company?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The short answer is, “it depends.” Every case is different, and the length of time it takes to resolve a lawsuit depends on the parties involved, the complexity of the case, the court where the case is venued, and the attorneys who represent the parties. It could take as little as six months to as… Read more »

What is involved in starting a lawsuit against my insurance company?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

We would prepare a summons and complaint, which are two written documents that set forth the basic facts of your claim. We then serve the summons and complaint on your insurance company. Service of the summons and complaint on your insurance company starts the lawsuit and stops the clock from running on the statute of… Read more »

I think I may have a claim against my insurance company. Are there deadlines or time periods that I should be concerned about?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Yes, there are various complicated deadlines that could apply. Your insurance policy is a contract, and almost certainly specifies how long you have to sue your insurance company if you believe that it has acted improperly. Some insurance policies require their insureds to sue within as little as one (1) year from the date of… Read more »

How do you communicate with your clients?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

We communicate with clients in a variety of ways, including by telephone, written correspondence, and e-mail. We believe that client communication is critical to maintaining a healthy attorney/client relationship. Our clients get clear written estimated budgets and timetables for their cases within the first 30 days of their case, and regular written monthly status updates…. Read more »

What about litigation costs and out-of-pocket expenses?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

In addition to legal fees, our clients may have to pay for various expenses in connection with their matter. These can include but are not limited to: (1) court filing fees; (2) court reporter fees for depositions; and (3) expert fees to non-attorney consultants who may assist in evaluating your claim. Generally the amount of… Read more »

What are your fees?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

We are committed to providing exceptional legal service for a reasonable fee. Depending on the needs of the client and the particulars of the case, we will work on either an hourly, flat fee, or contingent fee basis. For our hourly and flat fee clients, our rates are highly competitive. Because we are a small… Read more »

If you take my case, what do you expect of me?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

We expect you to be honest, responsive, cooperative, and diligent. We expect you to ask us any questions and inform us of any concerns you have. We expect us to clearly communicate your expectations and goals. And we expect you to be receptive to honest legal advice.