How does the case review process work?
If you submit a case for review online, attorney Leland Faux will review your submission. Depending on your situation, I may ask for a follow-up meeting to get more information. The questionnaire is the initial screening process used to determine if your case is one that is within my areas of practice. I will typically review case submissions on Fridays.
What factors are you looking for when you evaluate cases?
In very broad terms, I look at the following issues:
1. Whether there are clear violations of law or favorable facts.
2. Whether it appears the defendant(s) can pay a potential judgment.
3. My case load and whether the case is within my scope of experience.
Is there a charge for a consultation?
There is no charge to send in a case review request through an online questionnaire. If your case looks promising, I may request additional information or a meeting to discuss your situation in greater detail, there will be no charge for gathering and reviewing that information.
I may charge a fee for a personal consultation.
What are common types of cases?
- Idaho Lemon Law (New car sales)
- Used car sales
- Home construction or repair
- Debt Defense
- Tenant Rights (ie: Landlord abuses)
- Unlawful acts against Senior or Disabled individuals
- General Unfair or Unlawful Business Practices
- Wage Claims
- Wrongful Repossessions
- Warranty Claims
Do you take cases where I live?
I accept cases throughout Idaho, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. I litigate cases in both state and federal court.
If I have a case, how much are your fees?
In legal proceedings, there are two types of charges: attorney’s fees and costs. Attorney’s fees and, as the name suggests, paid to the attorney for legal services. Costs are paid to third-parties (ie: not the attorney).
My favorite thing about the way I have structured my practice is that I can often assist consumer clients without charging ongoing, hourly fees or at substantially reduced rates, depending on the circumstances of the case. The laws I use help clients shift the burden of attorney’s fees to the defendant. Read more: Will you Defer Fees for My Case?
That being said, I generally do ask clients to pay for all third-party costs, such as court fees, filing fees, discovery costs, deposition fees, expert witness fees, travel, copies, etc. In many cases, I do ask my clients to make an initial deposit to cover these anticipated costs (generally $350-$500, depending on the circumstances).
How long does it take for you to let me know if I have a case?
It depends. Some cases are more complex and there are times when current caseloads do not allow for immediate evaluation of potential cases. In general, I strive to respond to requests within 3-5 business days after you submit your information. I typically review new case inquiries on Fridays.
If you have a basis for a case, I may need to do further investigation of documents or other matters.
I am unfortunately able to accept only a small percentage of the potential cases I review.
How long does a case take?
You should plan on a long time. Courts like cases to be tried within 18 months of the filing of a lawsuit. But cases may take longer depending on too many factors to list here. A “fast” case can take 4-6 months.
Do you only do consumer cases?
About 80-90% of my practice is representing consumers or others who have been treated unfairly or unlawfully by businesses. However, I also accept general litigation cases—mostly contract disputes.