Posts made in October 2018

Ten Legal Terms You Should Know

law office desk with book, law scale and documentsAt Torres Law, we do our best to take the mystery out of legal services. We understand that to the untrained ear, some legal terms can sound like a different language. That being said, we have listed simple definitions for some common legal terms you may have heard while speaking with your DUI lawyer in Seminole County, FL.

Admissible: A term used to describe evidence that may be considered by a jury or judge in civil and criminal cases.

Affidavit: A written or printed statement made under oath.

Burden of proof: The duty to prove disputed facts. In civil cases, a plaintiff generally has the burden of proving his or her case. In criminal cases, the government has the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt.

Complaint: A written statement that begins a civil lawsuit, in which the plaintiff details the claims against the defendant.

Counsel: Legal advice; a term also used to refer to the lawyers in a case.

Defendant: An individual or business against whom a lawsuit is filed.

Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty which resulted in harm to the plaintiff.

Lien: A charge on specific property that is designed to secure payment of a debt or performance of an obligation. A debtor may still be responsible for a lien after a discharge.

Plaintiff: A person or business that files a formal complaint with the court.

Settlement: The payment of compensation by one party in at least partial satisfaction of the other party’s claim.

Three Questions to Ask When Seeking a Personal Injury Lawyer

gavel and stethoscopePersonal injuries can occur in a number of different circumstances: car accidents, slipping in a store, medical malpractice, etc. The one thing each circumstance has in common is that when you find yourself trying to recover from an injury, the last thing you want is an overcomplicated process of getting the help and compensation you deserve. That is why we’ve broken down some important questions you should ask when searching for a personal injury attorney in Seminole County, FL.

Do they specialize in personal injury cases?
Different lawyers usually specialize in different areas of the law. For the best results, you will want an attorney who specializes in personal injury law.

Have they litigated cases with circumstances similar to this one? How did they turn out?
While making sure your attorney is experienced in personal injury cases, you also want to make sure they have also seen success in those cases. Inquire about the attorney’s prior cases and results. While results of cases before yours will not guarantee a similar outcome, a strong record can indicate their level of knowledge and dedication.

How long will resolution take?
While no lawyer can provide you with the specific date that your case will be resolved, an experienced one will know the legal system and your situation enough to provide you with a general timeframe.