FAQ

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Is Stephen C. Carter, PC the right law firm for me? / Why should I trust your firm with my case?
Choosing a law firm to represent you and your case is one of the most important decisions you can make. We understand that your case is important to you and choosing the right firm and attorneys to represent you could make the difference for your case.
What types of cases does your law firm handle?
Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Slip-and-Fall
How long have you been in business?
Attorney at law Stephen C. Carter began practicing in 1985 now with over 30 years of experience as a Georgia personal injury lawyer.
Do I need to come into your office and meet you in person to retain you, or to receive legal services?
It is preferable for you to come to our office . However, when it is not possible for you to come to our office, we can schedule a date and time to meet with you at a location that is more convenient for you. In addition, we can facilitate business electronically to save you time and money.
What are your business hours?
Our business hours are 9 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. However, please feel free to call or email us after hours. I am committed to returning our client’s and potential client’s calls and emails within 24 hours or less.
Do you charge for consultations?
We want to ensure that our clients are well informed on their legal rights. Therefore, we offer free consultations to our clients and potential clients we will discuss the details of your potential case, the legal process and answer any questions you may have.
What will the legal fees cost me?
We are committed to providing you with the most cost effective legal representation. We can arrange hourly, contingency, and flat fee agreements.
What about out-of-pocket fees?
There will never be any up-front, out-of-pocket costs from you. You will not pay us anything unless and until we obtain a settlement or verdict in your favor.
How can I become a client of your firm?
Please call me at (706) 376-4754 and I will schedule a free consultation, at a time that is most convenient for you. During your free consultation the attorney will determine how I can best represent you and your case.
What do I do when I have a question?
You can call, text or email at stephen@stephencarterlaw.com with any questions in regards to your case or on any other matter. We are committed to returning all calls and emails within 24 hours.
What can I expect from you?
You can expect to have experienced trial attorney at your disposal. An Attorney with the ability to effectively advocate difficult and complex cases, and our desire to work cooperatively and ethically to attain favorable results for our clients.
What is expected of me as a client of your firm?
We want you to trust that we are here to help you during the difficult times that arise when being faced with a lawsuit. We expect for you to come to us with any questions or concerns that you may have. We want you to be honest and responsive with us so that we can best prepare you for any possible depositions.
How will I be kept informed of my case?
We know that you have a busy schedule and yet want to stay informed on your case proceedings. We will keep you informed as to any important updates in your case so that you are well up-to-date but not overwhelmed. We are here to support you and take some stress away by keeping track of all of the detailed proceedings in your case.
What can I expect to receive if my case settles?
There are several factors to be considered in reaching a settlement amount. The majority of our clients are satisfied with the settlement amount we have obtained on their behalf.
What will this cost?
We have the financial resources to ensure that your case is well-prepared for a successful resolution, whether that ultimately occurs by settlement or through trial. If for any reason, we are unable to obtain money for you by verdict or settlement, you will not be obligated to pay the firm a fee or to reimburse us for any costs that we expended. Upon a resolution of your case, our legal fee is calculated as a percentage of the settlement or judgment. Any costs associated with your case (e.g., filing fees, expert witness fees and fees to obtain medical records) will also be paid out of the monetary recovery. Therefore, the compensation for our services is tied to our performance.
Will I have to go to court?
You will not necessarily have to go to court. Throughout the process of representing our clients, we constantly strive to achieve the most cost effective solution. Taking into consideration the strength of the evidence in your case, your plausible performance during a deposition, and your need for closure.

Many times, for a variety of reasons, including the uncertainty of a jury’s trial verdict, trial can be avoided through an amicable settlement.

The majority of cases settle before ever getting to trial. However, we have the extensive trial experience needed to be able to confidently stand with you, counsel you, prepare your for court, and most importantly be able to actively represent you in a court of law.

How long will this process take?
The length of time that a legal proceeding can take varies greatly from case to case due to the very unique facts of each case. Many factors are not within our hands and often lay within the scope of the court’s schedule. Multiple developments during a proceeding can contribute to speeding up or delaying a conclusion for a case. We ensure that all deadlines are met on our part to ensure as speedy a process on your behalf as possible.
Who will work on my case?
From beginning to end is handle by me. My personal attention ensures that you are represented as thoroughly and completely as your needs require.
Does it matter how long I wait to file a lawsuit?
Yes. Each state has laws that provide time limits to formally file a lawsuit or claim. These laws, called the “statute of limitations”, will prevent an otherwise viable claim from being considered if it is not filed on time. Therefore, it is important to contact us, or any lawyer, as soon as possible after you have been harmed.
Can I bring a case for a family member who has died?
Yes, a claim for damages can be brought on behalf of the deceased by an appropriate representative of the individual.

Service areas:

Ashland, Hartwell, Lavonia, Royston, Carnesville, Elberton, Athens, Washington, Commerce, Braselton, Gainsville, Taccoa Falls, Clarkesville, Cleveland, Cornelia, Baldwin