Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of cases does The Snell Law Firm, PLLC take?

Our attorneys focus on civil litigation. We handle a great deal of construction-related matters, including breach of contract, construction defects and lien issues. We also focus on litigation involving landlord-tenant relationships, business and commercial law, UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) issues, contract law, business insurance coverage issues and claim negotiation, as well as numerous other legal issues that can arise in the day to day business environment.You can learn more about the kinds of cases we pursue in on our Practice Areas page, and we encourage you to call us at 512.477.5291 to schedule a personal evaluation of your case.

Other attorneys told me my case was too difficult.

The Snell Law Firm, PLLC is committed to our clients. Every case is unique, and the details of your case are important to determining the best steps to a resolution. We offer an honest evaluation to determine if we are right for your legal needs; if not, our attorneys will be happy to refer you to another attorney who may be better suited to fit your legal needs.

How do I know if I need an attorney?

The specifics of a situation are important to determining if legal action is necessary or viable, which is why we suggest that you contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys. At the consultation, one of our attorneys will listen to the details of your case and give you an honest evaluation. It is a rare that a case is a “home run,” but a case completely without merit is also rare. Our attorneys can explain to you the process involved toward a successful resolution of your case, from first steps to end scenarios. Though our attorneys will do the utmost to advise you in all their expertise and candor, whether or not to hire an attorney is your choice at any time.

What does it cost to work with The Snell Law Firm, PLLC?

With their extensive background in litigation and mediation, our attorneys can determine whether your damages are sufficient to warrant the expense of legal counsel. In business litigation cases, The Snell Law Firm, PLLC normally charges hourly fees, which will be discussed during the initial consultation. Usually, we require that you pay an up front retainer; this is not a payment to us, but rather an amount against which we bill for legal services and costs, which involves expenses such as filing fees and postage. Though our attorneys can attempt to estimate what your lawsuit will cost to resolve, every case is different and may take unexpected turns. If your retainer is exhausted, you may be billed for any amounts over your original retainer, or a replenishment of your retainer may be requested. Whether payments are made from your retainer or you are billed in the absence of a retainer, you are always provided with an itemized invoice detailing the work done on your behalf. A contingent fee retainer agreement may apply in a small number of cases. This is an agreement that ties our fees to any recovery you make as a result of your lawsuit. The Snell Law Firm, PLLC charges no attorney fees in these types of cases unless we make a successful recovery. If we obtain a recovery, attorney fees incurred to develop claims are deducted from the settlement or award. The amount of the contingent fee charged depends on the complexity and risk associated with your claim. Our attorneys draw upon their extensive experience with similar cases to evaluate potential recoveries in each case and look for ways to obtain fair compensation for our clients. If our attorneys see little or no potential for a recovery, they will not take the case. This is to your advantage, as it would cost you more in time, effort and emotion than you would be able to recover.

How long will the case last?

Every case is unique in its details. Once our attorneys have a chance to get a good idea of the complexities of your case during your initial consultation, they can walk you through the potential next steps and the general process involved in resolving your lawsuit.

If The Snell Law Firm, PLLC can take the case, what is the next step?

Because every case is specific to its details, the best way to determine the next steps available is to give our attorneys any documents, records, information, or photographs relating to your case. You may want to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys to coordinate your goals with the legal recourse available to you. Many times, litigation is not required to resolve a dispute. In these situations, often a letter to the opposing party or a presentment of your claim can be very effective. Other situations may call for litigation, or litigation may have been initiated against you, in which case our attorneys can draft and file the appropriate documents to advocate on your behalf. The Snell Law Firm, PLLC will give your case the benefit of years of experience in resolving disputes, both in litigation and mediation or arbitration. Call us now at 512.477.5291 to schedule an initial consultation to determine the next steps available to you. If you have a case you would like to discuss with The Snell Law Firm, PLLC, please call us at 512.477.5291 or submit a client inquiry.