Carl Kiss - Attorney at LawFrequently Asked QuestionsCarl Kiss - Attorney at Law     
If I hire you, does that means I am going to have to try my case in a court?
    Most personal injury claims, and even some employment claims, settle before they are even filed with a court. For those cases that do not settle before being filed in court, the vast majority of them settle without a trial. By hiring a lawyer early on, you give your attorney the greatest possible opportunity to prepare your case for settlement without a trial. But there can be no guarantee that any specific case will settle without a trial.

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Can I afford to hire you?  What are your fees?
    I only take cases I believe in; as a result, I fight to win every case I take.  If I believe you have a good case that is worth pursuing, you can hire me either on a contingent fee or on an hourly fee.  With a contingent fee, you will only owe me a fee after your case ends with a settlement or favorable judgment, and the fee will be a percentage of the settlement or judgment we get.  Unlike some lawyers, I will never take more than one-third of your total recovery as my attorney fee.  (Some lawyers ask for contingent fee agreements that go up to 40% or even 50% of your total recovery.)

    You should know, however, that if I pay costs incurred on your case to prepare it for settlement or trial, Oregon law requires that clients remain responsible to pay their attorney back for such costs at the end of the case, win or lose.

    If you do not like the idea of a contingent fee, or simply prefer to pay me by the hour for my time, win or lose, I can also work for you on an hourly basis so long as you can pay a retainer to me to secure payment of the hourly fee and case costs reasonably anticipated.

    I would be happy to discuss both of these fee arrangements with you in as much detail as you would like.

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How long will my case take?
    Honestly, it is hard to say.  Some cases can settle within months of our first meeting.  Others can take much longer.  If we have don’t have to worry about a filing deadline, we will likely try to settle your case before it is filed in court.  If you are injured and still healing, we need to wait until your injuries are resolved before we try to settle your case, so we can make sure you get fairly compensated for every harm you suffer as a result of the defendant’s wrongdoing.  Once a case is filed in court, the usual waiting time for a trial in Oregon is relatively fast compared to the rest of the nation.  Still, in Multnomah County, that can mean a delay of about 12 to 15 months between filing and a trial.

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Will you take my case?
    Only if I believe in it, and believe it is worth fighting for. To find out the answer to those questions, I need to know as much about your case as possible.  The “New Client” page of this Web site lets you tell me what you think is important about your case. After reading your story I may have some unanswered questions, and want to ask you those questions by E-mail or in person.  

    Right now, there are only two things I can tell you for sure about whether I will take your case:

    1.   I need to know more about your case before I know if I will take it; and
    2.   I will only take your case if I truly believe in it.

Please go to the “New Client” page now to tell me about your case.

Carl Kiss is licensed to practice law in Oregon, and his offices are located in Portland, Oregon. This Web site is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered as, nor does it constitute, legal advice. An attorney-client relationship is not established by contacting this Web site, by sending E-mails to Carl or the firm, or by receiving E-mails from Carl or the firm. Please do not send confidential or time-sensitive information by E-mail. You should make a legal hiring decision only after consulting an attorney, and not based upon brochures, advertising or other promotional materials. This Web site may constitute advertising under Oregon State Bar rules.

For legal advice, please call Carl.

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