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Does your attorney have your best interests in mind?

When you hire an attorney, you expect them to be on your side. When your interests are at risk, you count on your counsel to fight for you, defend your rights and represent your wishes.

However, in some cases, you might determine that your lawyer has a conflict of interest. In those instances, they may not represent you effectively. But how do you know if your case is compromised?

Spotlight on class action lawsuits, proven legal representation

How might an individual who has suffered personal injury owing to third-party negligence proceed if the would-be defendant is a huge and deep-pocketed corporation?

That person can of course file a lawsuit on his or her individual behalf, but that effort might involve marked challenges relative to time, money and resources. After all, such a litigation scenario pits a single person against a mighty business entity in stark David-versus-Goliath fashion.

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

1. What experience do you have in this specific area of practice?

All attorneys specialize in specific areas of law. So, it is important to know if they have experience in the area of practice that you require. For example, if you require a commercial litigation attorney, you need to ask for the attorney's experience in this area of practice. How long have they practiced in this area of law? How many cases has the attorney had in this area of practice? What percentage of the attorney's practice is focused on this particular area of the law?

Court Grants Class Certification against Safe Auto Insurance Company

Edgar Law Firm recently gained class certification in Johnson v. Safe Auto Insurance Company, Case No. 1316-CV31993, pending in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. The plaintiff class claims that Safe Auto was unfairly enriched by wrongfully assessing fees to Missouri customers for an "accidental death benefit" product. The court granted class certification on August 19, 2016. If Safe Auto is found liable, Missouri consumers who were assessed fees for the "accidental death benefit" product, and those who did not make a claim on the product, may be entitled to compensation.

Court Grants Class Certification Against Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc.

Edgar Law Firm and its co-counsel were recently successful in gaining class certification for a group of injured consumers in Marentes v. Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc., No. 30-2012-00565615-CU-BT-CXC, pending in the Superior Court of Orange County, California. The plaintiff class claims that Impac, a mortgage loan servicing company, committed an unfair business practice by collecting an up-front fee for mortgage modifications in violation of California law. The court's ruling in favor of certification means that class members who paid the up-front fees may receive restitution if Impac is found liable for the assumed violations.

Toyota Settles Steering Defect Suit With More Than 800,000 Owners

On April 4, 2016, final settlement approval was granted in Irene Corson et al. v. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. et al., Case Number 2:12-cv-08499, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The settlement provides relief for more than 800,000 owners of 2009 and 2010 Corollas. The plaintiffs had alleged that the electronic power steering control unit of the vehicles caused the vehicles to drift at higher speeds and possibly lose control. Those class member owners who previously had complained of the off-center feel of the steering will have their electronic control units replaced at no cost. Those class owners who paid out of pocket to replace the electronic control unit, will be reimbursed for their costs, up to $650.00. The remaning members of the class who wish to have their electronic control unit replaced may receive their electronic control unit replaced at a 50% discount.

1032 Penn Ave: History of the Blossom House

1032 Pennsylvania Ave. - This seemingly ordinary address has been home to Edgar Law Firm since 2007. Today we are excited to share with you the history of the beautiful Victorian mansion, known as the Blossom House, and why 1032 Penn Ave. has never been just an ordinary address.

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