Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why can't I just speak with an attorney or schedule a consultation?
Smith Hoke receives many calls from employees needing help every day. The attorneys in our firm are typically in court, attending depositions and mediations, and performing substantive work on our current cases during normal work hours. By completing our form, we can review your information after hours and follow-up with you for more information, if needed. This helps streamline the process and gets us the information we need. It also results in no fee to you as the potential client if we are unable to be in a position to assist you. If it appears that your situation is one that we might be able to help you with, we will contact you after you complete this form to schedule a telephone or in-person consultation.
2) What is the next step?
After you complete this form, within 1 business days you should hear something back from our legal assistant or an attorney. Please check your email and spam folders as we may respond to first inquiries by email. We will either tell you if we cannot handle your case or we will request additional information/ask additional questions. Sometimes we will also contact you by telephone depending on the situation. This is step 2 of the process.
3) Do you take cases on contingency?
We take some cases on contingency. In other circumstances, we represent employees in modified contingency arrangement in which both our law firm and the employee accept the risks of representation. In a modified contingency arrangement, an employee contributes to the prosecution of their case, but significantly less than if they were paying our firm on an hourly basis. In certain circumstances, we also accept cases on an hourly basis.
4) Will my employer find out I contacted an attorney?
No, your inquiry is confidential. We will not discuss or speak with your employer or anyone outside of our office about that you tell us.
5) Does completing this form mean that you are representing me?
No. In order to represent you we will need to review your situation and complete a representation agreement after we decide if we can accept your case.
6) I need help now and my issue is time sensitive. What can I do?
We understand that employment law issues are time sensitive and that your job is one of the most important things in your life. Please note, however, that we cannot generally interject ourselves into workplace disputes as they are occurring (i.e. you have a meeting scheduled with Human Resources/manager in a few hours and want representation at the meeting). Additionally, we understand that many employees have severance offers that are time sensitive with a deadline. We strive to be as responsive as possible and typically respond within 24 hours. Please let us know in the comments box if you have a deadline you are working with and we will do our best to get back with you as soon as possible.
7) Do you handle unemployment benefit disputes?
No. We generally do not handle unemployment benefit appeals or representation regarding denial of unemployment benefits.
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