Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need an attorney?
If you are dealing with a legal matter, it is always wisest to hire a lawyer to work alongside you. Some individuals may assume that they can tackle a case on their own, but the California laws are complex. You will feel more secure if you have a legal professional with almost 50 years of experience to help you with your case. This way, you will not miss small details and can rely on a qualified attorney to take care of the paperwork and court appointments associated with your case.
Does experience really matter?
When you are dealing with a legal situation, hiring an experienced attorney is essential. You will want a lawyer who is familiar with the laws in your state and will not make a rookie's mistake that could cost you the case. In a criminal defense situation, losing a case could mean ruining your future. In a personal injury case, a mistake can result in a lack of finances-leading to surmounting medical bills. In bankruptcy, one mistake on the documents can lead to bankruptcy fraud accusations. At Scher, Bassett & Hames, we have over 45 years of legal knowledge that we can use on your case. We know how to look at every aspect of a situation and determine the best legal solution while being careful and cautious to honor all California laws.
What practice areas do you handle?
We work in a variety of practice areas. We take on personal injury cases, California state workers' compensation cases, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, family law issues, criminal defense cases (such as DUIs), and SSD claims. Because we cover such a wide range of legal matters, we can even take cases that may overlap between two different areas.
If I am accused of a crime, how much time do I have to hire a lawyer?
Ideally, you need to act immediately when criminally accused. This is especially true with DUI cases. In California, if you do not dispute a DUI in ten days, your license will be taken away. With criminal cases, it is best to have a lawyer advocate for you right from the start. You have the right to remain silent until you talk to an attorney and discuss how to defend yourself.
How much is my personal injury or workers' compensation claim worth?
If you are seeking compensation for an injury suffered, you need to talk to our firm. We can offer a free case evaluation and help you to learn how much you deserve in damages. There is no real way for us to tell you how much your case is worth until we learn the details. Then, we can give you an informed answer and help pursue the maximum amount of compensation.