Choosing a Lemon Law Attorney in Ohio
We believe that our clients should understand their legal rights.
If you purchased or leased a defective automobile or defective truck, or if an automobile manufacturer or car dealer or other merchant has defrauded you or a family member, you have some important decisions to make.
To protect you in this particular case, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. The attorney who works on a contingent fee basis only gets paid when your case is over with and that usually means “the sooner the better” for them, which may not be the “better” for you.
You need an Ohio Lemon Law attorney who knows what he is doing, who has the experience to do it right the first time, and who is willing to take your case to trial if the defendant is not willing to settle the way you want. Being able to meet with the Ohio Lemon Law attorney, if you wish, can be an important way to learn the answers to your questions. Also, the law can be different from state to state, so you may want to be sure your Lemon Law lawyer actually is located in your state.
Courts frequently require attorneys to appear at the courthouse and if your Lemon Law lawyer has to fly in from some other state, or hire another attorney to “stand in” for the case, you should question whether this will influence the attorney’s advice to you about any settlement offer made by the other side in your case.
The "10" Avvo Rating is something special. It is not easy to get and requires consistently high reviews by former clients and attorneys who are familiar with the work an attorney does, both in the courtroom and outside the courtroom. And to be named the Top Attorney in Lemon Law, well, that is an even rarer Avvo rating. This high rating tells you something very special about the experience and reputation of the attorney who receives it. It has to be earned. When choosing a Lemon Law attorney to help you get Justice, compare their ratings and reputation and experience.
When choosing a lemon law attorney, we believe it is important for you to consider the following:
Make and Keep Records. Regardless of who may be at fault, the dealer or the manufacturer, it can be very helpful to get (and keep) a copy of your repair documents from the dealership (they call them “repair orders”), learn the names of the people you deal with at the dealership and who you talk to from the manufacturer (on the telephone or in person) and keep records of the names and dates and conversations. You should keep copies of receipts of all of your expenses related to the vehicle, including insurance and loan payments and repair costs, as well as rental car expenses. If your attorney did not tell you this, then maybe you need one with more than 25 years of experience handling Lemon Law cases.
You Do Not Have to Sign Anything. You may not want to give an interview or a recorded statement to someone from the manufacturer without first consulting with an attorney, because the statement can be used against you. If you may be at fault for lack of maintenance or failing to promptly report a defect, it may be advisable to consult an attorney right away. However, if a defect in your vehicle causes an accident, and you have insurance, your insurance policy probably requires you to cooperate with your insurance company and to provide a statement to your insurance company. If you fail to cooperate with your insurance company, it may void your coverage. That will not have anything to do, in most cases, with the responsibility which the manufacturer may have for your defective vehicle. If your attorney did not explain this to you, then maybe you need one with more than 25 years of experience handling Lemon Law cases.
It’s You Against Them. Your interests and those of the car dealership or the manufacturer are in conflict. Whatever you want is likely to cost them money and that is one thing that they both do not want to do for you. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the fault for your bad car or truck is the fault of the repair shop or the factory that built it. If you are not sure whether the car dealer or the manufacturer is at fault for your defects, then you should contact an attorney.
There Is a Time Limit to File a Claim. Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits. Different time limits apply to different types of claim. You may need to act immediately to protect your rights. For instance, the Lemon Law time limit is 5 years from when you bought your vehicle. Most other consumer protection laws are only 1 or 2 years, but warranty laws are often 4 years, and there are sometimes different ways to get around the time limits, too. It can be confusing. That’s why you may need an experienced attorney to help you. If your attorney did not tell you this, then maybe you need one with more than 25 years of experience handling Lemon Law cases.
How to Find an Attorney. If you need professional advice about a legal problem but do not know an attorney, you may wish to check with relatives, friends, neighbors, your employer or coworkers who may be able to recommend an attorney. Your local bar association may have a lawyer referral service (you can usually find them in the yellow pages of the phone book). You also can look on the internet for information about attorneys but, of course, we think you have already found the best attorney for your “lemon law” and “consumer law” problem right here.
Check a Lawyer’s Qualifications. Before deciding on any lawyer, you should check out the lawyer’s background and experience with similar cases. Does the lawyer have nearly 30 years of experience in representing people like you against car dealers and car manufacturers, or something less? Has the lawyer already handled thousands of cases like your case? Has the lawyer handled similar cases in the most of Ohio’s Court of Appeals as well as the Ohio Supreme Court? Has the lawyer appeared in Federal Courts in cases like yours as well as State courts? Has the lawyer actually handled a trial similar to what your case has involved in it, or will you be his/her “learning experience?” Has the lawyer given seminars to judges and other lawyers to explain the law? Has the lawyer received awards and other honors and recognition from professional organizations and groups?
How Will the Lawyer Be Paid? In deciding which lawyer to represent you, find out who will be paying for the legal fees.
Most attorneys take this type of case on a contingency or semi-contingency basis. Some attorneys require you to pay a retainer of hundreds or thousands of dollars. Some attorneys take a portion of your recovery out of your buyback award. Some attorneys charge you an hourly rate. All of that means money out of your pocket. We don’t do it that way.
We provide free motor vehicle Lemon Law representation.
Ohio allows you to recover attorney fees and the federal Lemon Law does too. That’s why we just simply make the manufacturer or dealer pay our bill. There is no fee or cost to you for our services. Our philosophy is easy to understand. If you’ve got a lemon motor vehicle, or if a car dealer has lied to you, then you should not have to pay a fee for an attorney to represent you. It’s as simple as that.
This information is not intended as a complete description of your legal rights, but as a check list of some of the important issues that you should consider. You should always request your attorney fee agreement to be in writing. “Free” and “Free Representation” means only that we will not charge our clients attorneys fees or costs in Lemon Law and select other cases. We seek to recover all attorney fees from the manufacturer or dealer under state and federal laws. However, other cases may be handled on a different type of fee agreement.