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Consumer Protection Lawyer | Serving Sterling, VA
We Devote a Major Portion of Our Practice to Helping Ordinary People Fight Back Against Creditor Abuse and Consumer Fraud
Attorney Tom Breeden and his knowledgeable paralegals have extensive experience in consumer protection law, including consumer fraud litigation, fixing credit report errors, protecting people from abusive debt collectors and asserting clients' rights when their cars have been repossessed and sold at auction. If you have been mistreated, taken advantage of, or had your …
If you are being harassed by creditors, you should seek a Sterling attorney. While it might seem like you don't have the upper hand, there are rules and regulations that dictate the ability of creditors to contact you and collect on any debts.
A creditor harassment attorney will be able to explain these rules and regulations to you, and potentially help stop the harassment from creditors. Under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, there are certain restrictions placed on creditors that make their behavior illegal. You do not have to be harassed by creditors, no matter the amount you owe.
Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
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.
Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.
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