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Frequently asked questions

At Kram & Wooster, P.S. in Tacoma, WA, we want to make sure our clients and potential clients are well informed about the importance of hiring an attorney and the attorney client relationship. Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we have compiled.

Why is it important for me to have an attorney?

Establishing a relationship with an attorney is an important milestone in life. Many legal issues can be addressed with a quick phone consult. Your relationship with an attorney gives you someone that you can call to address issues that come up throughout your life that may have legal ramifications, such as injuries to you or your family, injuries to others for which you may be liable, property ... Read more

Does my e-mail to you create an attorney client relationship?

No, you should not share confidential information until the attorney client relationship is established. Before an attorney relationship is established our firm conducts a conflict check to make sure we are not already attorneys for other parties in the dispute. Until there is an understanding from our firm that we are meeting to provide legal advice, do not share confidential information.

What are statutes of limitations and why is it important for me to promptly contact an attorney?

Statutes of limitation are time periods established that limit the period of time during which you may enforce your legal rights. If you do not start a legal action before the statute of limitations has expired, you cannot pursue your rights. Different types of claims have different limitation periods. Administrative limitation periods can be as short as 30 days. Most personal injury claims have ... Read more

Why are communications with an attorney considered privileged and restricted from disclosure?

For an attorney to properly represent you it is necessary for the attorney to know all of the true facts relating to the matter. The attorney client privilege is to permit full disclosure so that the client can be properly advised and the best legal strategy can be determined.

What type of financial relationships are available when hiring an attorney?

The most common is the hourly fee agreement. The client pays a set hourly rate for all time spent working on their legal matter. Some matters may be subject to a flat fee agreement. In a flat fee agreement the lawyer and the client agree to a set amount to perform a legal service. Some matters are on a contingent fee where the attorneys' fees are based upon a percentage of recovery in the matter. ... Read more

Why should I hire an attorney if I think I can resolve the matter informally?

Hiring an attorney provides a buffer between you and any adverse party. The attorney knows the risks in different areas of law. When you speak directly with an opposing party, their attorney or their insurance claims adjuster you may make statements that undercut your legal arguments or that may be misinterpreted and used against you. Communicating through your attorney can help insure your ... Read more

Why is it important to consult with an attorney early before the case is in litigation?

Attorneys have many years of experience dealing with a variety of legal issues. The attorneys' knowledge, education and experience can guide you so you do not take actions that jeopardize your legal rights and the attorney can counsel you on how to avoid certain legal problems you are likely to encounter. Often times your early work with an attorney can help you to gather and preserve necessary evidence to support your legal position. Read more

How do you handle telephone calls?

In fairness to other clients, it is our general policy not to interrupt a client conference for incoming calls. If you cannot speak directly with your attorney it is important that you leave a message relating what you wish to speak to your attorney about. That way the attorney may have the information necessary to respond to your call when your call is returned. Lengthy trials and depositions ... Read more

What Courts is your firm admitted to practice before?

Members of our firm are approved to practice before all of the state courts in Washington including, District Courts, Municipal Courts, Superior Courts, Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. We are also approved to appear in the federal courts for this district including the Federal District Courts for both the Western and Eastern District of Washington; the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Read more

Can your firm handle appeals?

Our firm has handled many appeals in both the State and Federal Court System resulting in significant legal rulings. See our reported decision page for a sampling of cases.

Seeking legal aid? Call Kram & Wooster, P.S.

When you are unsure if you need the help of an attorney or if your communication with an attorney is privileged, call our office. We are happy to advise you on the attorney client relationship and the benefits that hiring a lawyer can provide.