How Should I Prepare for the Hearing?
If your Lemon Law case or Diminished Value case is accepted by the Law Firm the following rates and fees are now required as of Jan. 1, 2011.
A $500 non-refundable fee is due at contracting to cover the required expert fee to inspect your vehicle and for his report and findings on your vehicle and to cover the fees and expense of an initial letter of representation from the Law Firm and a Demand Packet to the manufacture of the vehicle on Lemon Law Cases or the defendant driver on Diminished Value Cases.
If your Lemon Law Case or Diminished Value Case is successful and a cash settlement is obtained the Law Firm is paid an additional 20 % of any and all recovery and you the client would receive 80% of any such recovery. If no recovery is made then no other fees or expenses are due from you to the Firm.
- Collect your documents. For example, your sales contract, warranty booklet, work orders or repair tickets, and letters to or from the dealer or manufacturer. Bring three copies of all documents to the hearing.
- Arrange the work orders by date. Put the oldest work order first and complete the warranty repair log. Be prepared to support the log entries with your testimony or notes, or with testimony of witnesses.
- Complete the "List of Agreed Facts" form in advance to save time at the hearing.
- Arrange for witnesses to appear at the hearing because notarized statements generally are not allowed. If you have friends who have witnessed the vehicle's problems, ask them to testify at the hearing. You may also subpoena witnesses. Make sure your witnesses know when and where to appear, and tell them it may take most of the morning or afternoon.
- Make sure the vehicle is ready to be inspected and test-driven at the hearing, including having current registration and state inspection. For example, if the complaint is a severe vibration, make sure the tires are not worn out and that they are properly aligned and balanced. Be sure your vehicle has had the required maintenance and bring records to prove it.