Your Experience With Tremont Sheldon: An Overview
Tremont Sheldon attorneys and team members are transparent, compassionate, and accomplished. We are a client-focused firm. Beginning with the first office visit, phone conference or video meeting, each person is treated with understanding and compassion, and each case is given the individual attention the case deserves.
Your initial consultation is free of charge, and you are not obligated to retain us. If at the conclusion of our initial meeting, you feel comfortable with us and would like us to represent you, then you will be asked to sign certain paperwork, which will enable us to act as your legal representative throughout the course of your case. During the entire process you do not pay us, we are only paid when your case is resolved.
The information that you provide us is strictly confidential.
From the moment we take on your case, we begin preparing for your trial. Many cases settle before trial, but we believe in being prepared and knowing our clients and cases. This preparation gives us a competitive advantage.
General Outline of a Personal Injury Case
Below is an example of a timeline of a case. Each case is unique, and this is just an example. Timing of cases can take months to years and your individual attorney will discuss your personal timeline.
In the beginning, we will be gathering information for two parts of your case:
- Proving fault or responsibility against the person/entity that is believed to have caused the problem.
- Proving what happened to you both physically and emotionally because of someone else’s carelessness.
If your case is filed in court (sometimes cases settle before then), we will begin the “discovery phase”, where both sides gather information from each other. In this phase you may have to:
- Answer “interrogatories”, which are legal questions to be reviewed with your attorney.
- Provide sworn testimony in a deposition.
- Attend a pretrial to discuss your case.
If your case goes to trial (sometimes cases settle before then), you will receive at least several months’ notice regarding your potential trial date. In the weeks before your trial and especially during the trial, you will be meeting your attorney to prepare for the trial.
Once your case is resolved by trial or other means, it is referred to as a settlement.
- After a settlement is reached, you will be required to sign a Release of All Claims, which means you can no longer pursue a claim against the defendant.
- After the documents are signed, the insurance company has 30 days to provide us the settlement check.
- Soon afterward you will receive your check and settlement statement explaining the details of disbursements paid in your case.
- Settlements for most personal injury cases are tax-free.