Jonathan Craig Reed
Call about discount on probate and personal injury fees
About Jonathan Craig ReedWe represent people hurt in car accidents, boat accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Two years ago we began a policy of charging only 25% instead of the usual one third (33.33%) or 35% or 40% to represent accident victims if there was a police report that blamed the other side and not them. This discount fee, which you don't pay unless you recover, has been a big success for us and our clients and results in them putting more money in their pockets than they would if they had signed up with a lawyer for the traditional higher fee. This discount fee does not increase if we have to file suit or try your case to get you fair compensation. We also represent victims in other injury cases such as defective products, fall cases, and swimming pool drownings or near drownings.
We also offer low cost, discount fees for uncontested probate through out the state of Nevada. See our probate website, www.probatenevada.net for a detailed discussion of fees we charge for uncontested probates.
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
- Car, Boat, Truck, Motorcycle and Pedestrian Accidents
- Vaccine Injury
- Contingent Fees
- For personal injury, legal malpractice, products liability, boating accidents, wrongful death and brain injury. We offer a low discount 25% contingency fee for favorable police report accident cases (car, boat, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, etc. Favorable police report means that a police report cites someone else for causing the injury and does not cite you for being careless or violating a law that contributed to the accident). For all other personal injury cases, including legal malpractice, our fees are either 33.33% or 40%.
- Free Consultation
- Call me and I'll tell you if I think I can be of help.
- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
- See our website www.probatenevada.net for probate fees. We consider our firm the high quality, low cost, discount, affordable, Nevada law firm for uncontested probates and we doe uncontested probates throughout the State of Nevada. We selectively accept some will or trust contests on a contingency fee basis; otherwise we handle such cases on an hourly rate. See www.probatenevada.net
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|25% fee if police cite other driver and not you|
|Partner, Reed & Mansfield|
|Four person Las Vegas law firm handling a variety of matters; I handle primarily car, boat, truck and motorcycle accidents, legal malpractice and probate.|
|Solo Practitioner, Law Offices of Jonathan C. Reed|
|Las Vegas law practice with heavy emphasis on personal injury, but also wrote a large number of trusts.|
|Partner, Monsey, Andrews & Reed|
|General practice of law with emphasis on Personal Injury at this Las Vegas law firm.|
|Associate Attorney, Crockett & Myers|
|Practice limited to personal injury at this Las Vegas law firm.|
|Associate Attorney, Rogers, Monsey, Woodbury & Bergreen|
|General practice of Law in Las Vegas, NV, with emphasis on personal injury|
|Judicial Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Wyoming|
|Law Clerk to Justice Robert Rose|
|University of Wyoming College of Law - University of Wyoming||J.D.||Law|
|Honors: Graduated with Honors, Land Editor of the Land and Water Law Review|
|University of Wyoming||M.S.||Zoology|
|Chair, Publications and CLE, Probate Section||State Bar of Nevada||2009-Current|
|Court Appointed Part-Time Arbitrator||Clark County District Court||2008-Current|
|Highest Rating: 10/10, Avvo.com|
|4.4 BV rating, Martindale-Hubbell|
|Chair, Publication Committee, State Bar of Nevada, Trust and Probate Section|
|Member, Nevada Justice Association|
|Member, Las Vegas Rotary West|
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Q. When you hire a lawyer for an injury case, does the client pay for any Dr. to come and testify on my behalf? or who pays
A: Expert witnesses charges are a very unpleasant part of the personal injury practice. I have been the lawyer in the situation you have described: a high priced expert witness comes to town to testify on day 3 of the trial and the trial goes slower, or the judge breaks early and now the high priced expert charges for the second day. Trouble, is, without the high priced expert the case might not be winnable. Of course, this is why we like to settle our cases if we can get a decent settlement rather than try them. Unfortunately, sometimes you just can't get a decent settlement so you have to go trial (with all of the expenses of trial) or give up. Most contingency fee agreements provide that the lawyer advances the costs and the client pay them in addition to the percentage fee. Although I don't know all of the facts of the case I am tempted to say you should be glad that you had a lawyer who was at least willing to advance the costs. Finally, there is the issue of what you netted versus the lawyer's fees (not costs and fees). Some lawyers voluntarily promise their clients that they will not take a fee larger than what the client nets. However, this is a matter of personal preference and, as far as I know, is not required by any rule of professional conduct in any state. Unless a trial results in a super large verdict that is collectible, trials are usually "lost leaders" for plaintiff personal injury law firms. In other words, when you consider the money the lawyer must advance, and the time taken to prepare for and win a trial (and all the time that goes into all the pre-trial motions and discovery that the client is often unaware of) the lawyer does not usually come out with a great return on his or her time or money. Rather we take cases to trial, in most cases, because we feel the case is worth more than the insurance company is offering. We would love to get fair settlement offers in all of our cases so that we aren't paying a doctor $7,500 to come to court or getting all ready for a trial only to have the court postpone the trial a year. And, of course, most clients would love to get a fair settlement offer rather than have their case drag on for years. Also, many plaintiff personal injury lawyers escalate their fee beyond 33.33% if the case goes to trial. I don't do that but the first firm that I ever worked for as a lawyer escalated the fee to 45% if the case went to trial. All, in all, I hope you got a decent net recovery.
Q. will it go into probate?
A: All states give a surviving spouse certain rights to the deceased spouse's estate. However, the rights vary from state to state and your rights in a particular item in the estate will depend in any state on the total picture. Therefore, I don't see a simple answer.
Q. Do I have a case if I ingested metal at a restaurant that was found in my hash browns?
A: To Mr. Johnson's answer I would add that the measure of damages is not usually what could have happened, but what actually did happen. So the question is, "How were you harmed medically, not how could you have been harmed?" If you want to claim psychological injury you would usually need professional treatment. However, a Florida attorney can best answer your questions.
Q. How can I find if a company has any law suits?
A: You have asked a very tough question. Depending on the price of the machine, and I am consuming this is a consumer type machine, it would probably not be worthwhile to sue the company over your defective machine. In that case the only redress might be a class action lawsuit. If there is such a class action lawsuit already you could try to find out by Googling. However, I suspect you have already tried that.
Q. my dad just died and his girlfriend isn't giving my sister & i the lawyers name, what can i do? should i call police?
A: The better bet is spend some time trying to figure out as best you can what you think your father's assets were. Then call some probate attorneys near where your father lived. Many probate attorneys will talk to you on the phone for a few minutes for free to see if you have a probate case they would like and if the attorney is interested you should be able to ask the lawyer questions about fees (which can vary a lot from one lawyer to another.)
Q. If deed is Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship and a will divides property differently, which takes presidence?
A: Usually the deed. However, there can be exceptions under state law--probate is almost all state law rather than federal law--so you would have to consult with an Alabama attorney to see if there might be an exception to the general rule that the deed controls.
Q. It's been almost four years a legal team been working on a probate house. Is this normal or should I be worried?
A: Most probates don't last that long. But, when they do, it is usually not the lawyers' fault. It is impossible from a description that will fit into a question on this forum for another lawyer reading the question to know why the probate took so long. People understandably get anxious about open ended attorneys' fees. That why in my Nevada probate practice I usually offer my clients an agreed upon fee in advance. But I can only do this in uncontested cases and in cases where I have considered the issues that are likely to arise and know from my experience, the case is unlikely to turn into a four year project. Occasionally a client comes to me with a probate that I know has the potential to drag out and will only offer an hourly rate in such a case.
Q. No will does the court assign a. Lawyer or I must find one
A: The court does NOT automatically step in and hire a probate lawyer when someone dies. Many people die without there being any need for probate. People who are entitled to inherit in the absence of a will must hire a lawyer and initiate the probate process.
Q. Is there a way the executor of a will can avoid paying a bond to discharge the duties of the office of representation?
A: This varies from state to state and I don't know the answer in Illinois. In Nevada where I practice if the personal representative needs a bond, that can be avoided by using the attorney's trust account, so if that were also the case in Illinois, saving the cost of a bond might offset somewhat the cost of hiring a probate lawyer.
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