What is the procedure in a lawsuit?

by admin on February 17, 2011

I am suing a real estate agent. My attorney has filed papers with the superieor court in Los Angeles. He told me they have 30 days to respond. It’s been about 40 days now. What happens if there is no response? We have not made any financial claim, just stated the damages in general. Although not in the papers we filed the loss is a few hundred thousand. We have tons of proof of this loss. My atty has been out of town or something, I have not been able to get a hold of him so I wanted to know from someone else.
Sometimes I ask stupid questions to my atty ( I feel) so here is a forum I can feel safe.
The other question I have is: Let’s say the award is 200k for the damage cauesed by this agent We win. Since our agreement is 25% of the case does he increase the damages 25% to include this fee (hence a 5k award). Seems right as I can’t fix the building with 175k. Is this just tacked on to the ‘damages’ bill?
Thanks all !
R


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    Brittanyskye February 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    First off there are way too many lawyers out there not to feel comfortable asking the one you are paying a question, no matter what it is, as long as it concerns your case. His paralegal should field those calls anyway. As for the final settlement that’s it. If you’re lawyer gives you the Defendants offer and you accept it then that’s it. The lawyer get 25 % and any costs related to your case, i.e. filing fees, expert witnesses, deposition related costs etc. Good luck

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