Do I have to pay attorneys’ fees?
There are no out of pocket attorneys’ fees charged to our clients for out of court pre-litigation representation. Attorneys’ fees are always only requested under the law from your vehicle's manufacturer as part of any settlement.*
If there is no out of court recovery obtained on your behalf then no fees are ever charged.
We only get paid if you get paid!
What if there is only a small cash compensation settlement offer made out of court and I don't want to go any further with my case?
If there is only a small compensation offer made out of court we will cut our fees if necessary and split it in half with you if you do not want to go to court. Our policy is to NEVER get paid more than our clients for out of court representation, EVER!
How much of my time will this take?
Usually very little of your time. With Amar Law Group's efforts, most cases are resolved out of court within 1-3 months. Your main responsibility during this process will be to confer with your attorney regarding settlement offers. This will typically take only 10-20 minutes of your time. We know you are busy and we will do all of the heavy lifting to deal with your out of court case for you.
Will I still be able to get warranty repairs during my claim or if I settle for cash compensation and keep my car?
Yes, your warranty is still valid. Also, any settlement reached does not affect your right to continue to receive warranty repairs for the normal duration of your vehicle's warranty.
Should I try to resolve my claim through the BBB Auto Line?
No. The BBB Auto Line only decides to award a repurchase or replacement at arbitration 22.8% of the time and repair 12% of the time (repairs are meaningless because they are already required under warranty). [See 2009 BBB Auto Line Statistics - in its own website]. The Auto Line also does not appear to offer cash compensation. Id. For the vast majority of consumers, the BBB Auto Line is just a procedural hurdle that causes delay which could effect applicable statutes of limitations. It also increases the time consumers must keep their defective vehicles and forces them to continue to make payments while delaying resolution.
Do I have to go to Court?
Most claims (at least 95%) are resolved by Amar Law Group out of court without the need for litigation. When necessary, our Firm litigates cases on behalf of consumers. With that being said, if a claim is not resolved out of court because the maximum offer made is insufficient, you are under no obligation to proceed to court if you do not wish to. You can decide to end the representation without owing any attorneys' fees.
How much time do I have to file a claim?
This depends on the mileage of your vehicle and when it was purchased. If a consumer does not make a timely claim, he or she may lose his or her rights under the Lemon Law. Please contact us for a specific analysis of your situation.
What happens if my claim is not resolved out of court?
If a consumer decides to pursue litigation, our attorneys are knowledgeable and will prosecute your claim with diligence. Unlike other Firms that may not be willing to litigate (and car and RV companies know who these Firms are), Amar Law Group's lead attorney has fully and successfully litigated cases through trial and in the Court of Appeals.
Do I have to pay attorneys’ fees if I pursue litigation?
If a consumer decides to pursue litigation in court and the consumer prevails, an attorneys' fee petition is filed with the court on behalf of the consumer for payment of attorneys’ fees. If the full attorneys' fees are not awarded, the outstanding fees are paid from the total recovery. If a consumer complies with the representation agreement, but unfortunately does not win his or her case, then no attorneys’ fees will be owed in the vast majority of cases. The are limited circumstances where a client would need to be charged attorneys’ fees for litigation representation. Please call us for details.
What other costs are there in litigation?
Most cases are resolved out of court without any need for court costs or any other types of costs. If you decide to pursue litigation by filing a court complaint, the filing and service of process fees are the responsibility of the client. There may also be other costs associated with prosecuting your case depending on how far it goes. It is our goal to resolve your case as quickly as possible and to limit costs.
Will I have to go to trial if I file a lawsuit?
Going to trial is very rare. For example, out of 1,300 cases handled over the years, Mr. Amar has only had 7 cases go all the way to trial. Often times, there are many opportunities to settle a case before filing a formal complaint in court and even after a complaint is filed, there are additional opportunities to obtain recovery before going to trial.
Ultimately, if the matter is not resolved because the sides are too far apart on settlement, it may have to be decided at trial. We have been successful at trial and will do our utmost to prepare you for such an eventuality.
Who are the major manufacturers?
General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Honda, Lexus, Infinity, Tesla, Audi, Harley-Davidson, Four Winds, Monaco, Winnebago, Fleetwood, Coachmen, Forest River, Keystone (this list is not exhaustive).
What are some of the major defects?
Engine, transmission, suspension, tires, brakes, electrical system, air conditioning, ignition, steering, computer modules, interior trim components, exterior trim components (this list is not exhaustive).
*The above FAQs and answers are for informational/educational purposes and do not constitute legal advice. Although our case review is free, please be advised court fees are required if a case is pursued in court. Please contact Amar Law Group, PLLC for additional pertinent information and details about your rights.
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