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Child Abuse Lawyer | Serving Ballston Spa, NY

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I am attorney Lauren S. Cohen, founder of The Law Office of Lauren S. Cohen, LLC. Since opening my doors, I have emphasized a dedicated, compassionate approach to helping New Yorkers effectively deal with pivotal legal concerns for nearly 35 years. When you visit my offices in Johnson City or Binghamton, you will receive personalized guidance and strategic representation …

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Ballston Spa Child Abuse Information

Do You Suspect Child Abuse?

Child abuse takes many forms, from neglect, such as leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, to more serious offenses including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and conduct inflicting emotional and physical harm.

Child Abuse Actions to Take

If you believe your child has been abused, you may consult with a Ballston Spa attorney experienced in child abuse and neglect cases to help you report the suspected abuser to law enforcement and seek civil damages. If you are accused of child abuse, it is crucial that you immediately contact a Ballston Spa child abuse defense attorney experienced in child abuse cases.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

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.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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