Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay attorneys’ fees?
No, there are no out of pocket attorneys’ fees to the consumer. Attorneys’ fees are requested from the manufacturer as part of any settlement. A consumer would only pay fees if the terms of our representation agreement are violated. You will be made aware of how much a settlement offer will net you and you will always have the option of deciding whether to accept or reject any settlement offer.
If there is no recovery obtained on your behalf then no fees are charged. We only get paid if you get paid.
How much of my time will this take?
Usually very little time. The typical case will take you 15-30 minutes of your time which consists of keeping us posted about your car’s condition if you have additional repair issues during the representation, providing us vehicle records the other side might request to review, and discussing settlement offers. We know people are busy and will take care of as much as possible with your case without contacting you. With Amar Law Group’s efforts, most cases are resolved out of court within 2 months or less. Your main responsibility during this process will be to confer with your attorney via phone or e-mail regarding settlement offers.
Will I still be able to get warranty repairs during my claim?
Yes, your warranty is still valid. Also, any settlement reached should not affect your right to continue to receive warranty repairs.
Do I have to got to Court?
No. Most claims are resolved by Amar Law Group out of Court without the need for litigation. When necessary, Amar Law Group litigates cases on behalf of consumers and has been successfull in doing so. With that being said, if a claim is not resolved out of court, you are under no obligation to proceed to court if you do not wish to. You can decide to end the representation without owing any fees.
How much time do I have to file a claim?
This depends on the mileage of your vehicle and when it was purchased. If a consumer does not make a timely claim, he or she may lose their rights under the Lemon Law. Please contact us for a specific analysis of your situation.
What happens if my claim is not resolved out of court?
You do not have to pursue litgation and go to court if you do not want to. On the other hand, if you decide to pursue litigation, the Firm will prosecute your claim with diligence. Unlike other Lemon Law Firms that may not be interested in or willing to litigate, our Firm will litigate a matter if necessary.
Do I have to pay attorneys’ fees if I pursue litigation?
If a consumer decides to pursue litigation in court and the consumer prevails, a fee petition is filed with the court on behalf of the consumer for payment of attorneys’ fees. If the full fees are not awarded, the outstanding fees are paid from the total recovery. If a consumer complies with the representation agreement but unfortunately does not win his or her case, then no attorneys’ fees will be owed. There can be extenuating circumstances (like when there is a substantial defense to your claim) where there may be financial responsibility for formal litigation. Please contact us for further details.
What other costs are there in litigation?
There are filing and service fees for complaints, potential deposition costs, and any monies paid on your behalf to prosecute your claim. We do our best to minimize litigation costs and only incur what is absolutely necessary.
Will I have to go to trial if I file a lawsuit?
Going to trial is very rare. There are often times many opportunities to settle a case before filing a formal complaint in court. Even after a complaint is filed, there are additional opportunities to obtain recovery before going to trial.
Ultimately, if the matter is not resolved, it may have to be decided at trial. We have been successful at trial and will do our utmost to prepare you for such an eventuality.
Who are the major manufacturers?
General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Honda, Four Winds, Monaco, Winnebago, Fleetwood (this list is not exhaustive).
What are some major vehicle defects?
Engine, transmission, suspension, tires, brakes, electrical system, air conditioning, steering, interior trim, exterior trim (this list is not exhaustive).
*Disclaimer- The above FAQ answers for informational/educational purposes and do not constitute legal advice. Please contact Amar Law Group, PLLC for additional pertinent information and details about your rights.