FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you Charge a Consultation Fee?
Yes! Because we get numerous inquiries every single day, and are very busy helping our existing clients, we simply do not have time to speak with everyone who would like to consult with us. In order to give you value, we need to be paid for our time. However, we do charge a discounted rate for the initial consultation, which is currently $175. Initial consultations usually last for 30 minutes, but we may be willing to extend the consultation for up to an additional 30 minutes (without any extra cost to you) if the consultation is productive.
What does a typical consultation appointment look like?
During the consultation, one of our attorneys will go over your matter with you, attempt to answer your questions, discuss potential options for moving forward (if any), as well as the associated costs.
Is the consultation appointment in person or over the phone?
Typically, consultation appointments take place over the phone, but if the client is local to Arizona and feels it is necessary to meet in person, the appointment will take place at our office in Scottsdale.
Who will work on my case?
Both of the firm’s partners, Daniel Warner and Raeesabbas Mohamed, work on cases together if it makes sense. Additionally, in an attempt to keep our clients’ fees low, we will use paralegals, law clerks, and/or associate attorneys when appropriate. Also, because we do a lot of litigation in many different states, other than Arizona, the firm’s local counsel in the applicable state would also be involved.
How many years have your attorneys been practicing? (idk if this is even a relevant question)
Together, Dan Warner and Raees Mohamed have been practicing law for over twenty years. To learn more about the experience of each attorney click here.
I see that your firm is located in Arizona, but I live in another state, can you still help me with my case?
RM Warner, PLC is based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, and the firm’s attorneys are licensed to practice law in Arizona only, unless specifically noted under a specific attorney’s website profile. However, given the Internet, we are a global society today, without borders. The majority of our clients are out of state or overseas. And to the extent litigation becomes necessary or local counsel is otherwise needed, we have formed relationships with many firms in many different states and countries who can serve as local counsel. Short Answer: Yes + we get permission from local courts with a local attorney, IF litigation is required.
Does it matter how long I wait to file a lawsuit?
Yes. Each state has a different “statute of limitations” or time limit to formally file a lawsuit or claim. This is why it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. If you have a defamation claim and you’re not sure what statute of limitations your state has, click here.
What elements do I need to prove in order to successfully establish a defamation claim?
A: According to Restatement (2d) of Torts § 558, to create liability for defamation there must be:
- a) a false and defamatory statement concerning another;
- b) an unprivileged publication to a third party;
- c) fault amounting at least to negligence on the part of the publisher
[with respect to the act of publication];
- d) either actionability of the statement irrespective of special harm or the
existence of special harm caused by the publication.
For more answers to frequently asked questions about Defamation Lawsuits, click here.
How long will my case take?
The length of a case depends on a number of variables so it is impossible to say exactly how long a case will take.
Do all cases go to trial?
No. Sources estimate that only 3% of civil litigation cases filed end up going to trial.
How will I be kept informed about my case?
This often depends on your preference. Some clients like to discuss each and every aspect of the case, as well as all potential strategies and options. Other clients, simply prefer an email update every now and again, or a phone call when an important decision must be made or something happens in a case. We try to cater to your preferences. However, communication is one of the most important things to a strong attorney-client relationship and having you, as our client, being well informed of all the potential benefits and risks associated with a certain course of action. As a result, no matter your preference, we will do our best to ensure you know exactly where you stand under the circumstances.