FAQs

legal FAQThis is where you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked legal questions. Here we provide answers to questions pertaining to personal injury, medical malpractice, business, employment, & child custody law questions as well as other, more general legal questions. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us for answers to your legal questions.

Even if addressed here, please note that the answers to these FAQs are not a substitute for seeking competent legal counsel to address the specifics of your situation. Laws vary by jurisdiction and are ever changing because of changes in applicable statutes and regulations and precedent established by court decisions.

Every case is different and it is important that you actually consult with an attorney on your legal issues, to address all aspects of your matter.

If you are contemplating filing a civil action to redress a wrong or injury, it is important that you consult with an attorney early in the process to ensure that your interests are protected, and that you do not miss any applicable deadlines for filing (aka statute of limitations).

Find your answers below:

Do I need a Lawyer?

If you are asking whether you need a lawyer in the first place,then you probably should consult with an attorney regarding your legal matter. Many law firms offer free initial consultations, which really makes it a no-brainer – obtain a free consultation on your case! Call us today for a free consultation (304) 381-2166 | (855) 822-0140. 

What Counties do you practice in?

Our most commonly serviced Counties and courts where we practice include: Monongalia County, Marion County, Harrison County, Preston County, Taylor County, Lewis County, Barbour County, Upshur County, Randolph County, Mineral County, Hampshire County, Grant County, Berkeley County, Jefferson County, Wood County, and Kanawha County in West Virginia and Greene County, Washington County, Fayette County, Westmoreland County, and Allegheney County in Pennsylvania.

We also regularly handle legal matters throughout northern West Virginia – particularly in Fairmont, Grafton, Kingwood, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Weston, Philippi, Buchannon, Elkins, Romney, Keyser, Martinsburg, Charles Town, Moundsville, Weirton, Wheeling & Parkersburg West Virginia. In some significant personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases, we will also handle claims throughout the state of West Virginia, including in Charleston, Beckley, Huntington, Bluefield, & Princeton, West Virginia.

Do you offer Remote Services?

Business & Transactional Services Can Be Provided Remotely

However, if you have a business transactional matter, need a contract drafted or reviewed, or need assistance with a will, power of attorney, prenuptial or postnuptial/antenuptial agreement, these legal services, which are typically billed on a flat-fee or hourly basis, can be provided at a greater distance or remotely, without incurring any additional expense to you, the client.

Flexible Billing Arrangements

In hourly-billed matters, it is up to you the client to arrange with us how we will handle and bill your legal matter and we are flexible in our fee arrangements and offer reduced travel rates in some cases. Thus, if you have determined that you want us to work for you, because of our principles of integrity, dedication and commitment to our clients and our trial and business experience, please contact us today and let’s work together on your legal matter.

Useful Information:

Useful Internal Resources

WV Appointed Counsel Forms

As part of our law firm’s criminal defense practice, we also take criminal appointments, from time to time. Any attorney in WV who takes criminal appointments is required to fill out and submit specific approved forms, which can be found through the State of WV Public Defender Services website. However, these forms are not easily fillable in the formats found through the PDS website. If you are looking for these forms in a more user friendly format, then you have come to the right place (keep reading or scroll down)!

Fillable WV Appointed Defense Counsel Voucher Form

The West Virginia PDS website provides a required “Defense Counsel Voucher Form” that appointed counsel must submit in order to request payment from the state of WV, which is comprised of two parts – (1) the “Order Approving Payment of Appointed Counsel Fees and Expenses” and (2) the “Itemized Statement.” Technically, there is an Itemized Statement of Legal Services and an Itemized Statement of Expenses, but for practical purposes and for purposes of the user-friendly form you will find here (below), they have been lumped together. Although these forms are downloadable in both PDF and Word format through the PDS page, neither of these forms are easily fillable, but require substantial formatting, deleting, spacing, underlining and clicking around in the editing process in order to complete them.

Naturally, any criminal defense attorney in WV who does any appointment cases will have to use and submit these forms in each of their cases and thus reuse the forms repeatedly. Because we have handled many criminal appointment cases, we have massaged these forms to be easily filled out. First, the order has been modified to a fillable pdf, which allows the user to tab through each of the blanks where information is to be input, quickly and easily.

After creating this form for our own internal use, we recognized that it might be useful for other attorneys who handle criminal appointment cases in WV, and thus we replaced our firm information with blank form fields. Thus, here you will find a completely blank and easily fillable PDF form of the West Virginia Public Defender Services approved Order Approving Payment of Appointed Counsel Fees & Expenses.

The second part, of the required Voucher form, is a table where the attorney is to provide detail regarding the services – fees and expenses – he or she is claiming. Although the table found in the Word version of the form on the PDS website works okay, we have enhanced the form, making it easier to use. First, we added fillable form fields to the top portions of the page (above the tables), as depicted.

Next, we added a formula to the table, so that the totals are automatically calculated for you for each column. All you have to do is once all of your time has been entered is right click on the box in the Totals row for the time column that you want totaled (shown in the figure below), and then select “Update Field.”

 

Here you can find the improved Itemized Statement of Legal Services Form.

If this page and the forms we have provided were helpful, we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to link to us on your webpage and “like” or “follow” us using one of the social media plugins found at the top of this page.

If you have any questions about these forms or suggestions for further improvements, we would love to hear from you. Otherwise, we hope that these forms will make your job and your life as an appointed criminal defense attorney in the state of WV a little easier.

Finally, if you are looking for instructions on filling out the forms, please check out the PDS website (link provided above), or here is a direct link to the Defense Counsel Voucher Form – Instructions.

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