A Lemon Law Attorney—
Why You Need One
Can a Lemon Law Lawyer Really Help My Case?
When you own something that you believe is a lemon, whether it's a car, a motorcycle, or an appliance, you want to be compensated for that problem product.
No matter how much money you spent on something, you deserve to own an item that works the way you expected it to when you bought it.
Therefore, if there is something wrong with it, and it is indeed a lemon, whether it's the fault of the seller or the manufacturer, you have the right to be compensated under federal or state lemon laws. However, it can be very difficult for you to obtain compensation on your own.
How Can a Lemon Law Attorney Help Me?
The lemon laws can be confusing and the process can be quite intimidating. If you're sure what you're doing, you might end up much more confused and in much more trouble. Therefore, the best thing to do when you suspect that you have purchased an expensive lemon is to find a lemon law lawyer.
What Is a Lemon Law Attorney's Responsibilities?
A lemon law attorney specializes in lemon laws in your state or your area. More specifically, he or she is a lawyer who has had and has won lemon law cases that deal with the same type of product that you are currently dealing with.
This includes items that were sold under false pretenses, or items that were sold as something when they were, in reality, something else.
A lemon law attorney can help you make sense of the laws, and can help make sure that you get the compensation that you are owed under the law.
I Have a Regular Lawyer Already. Can I Use Him or Her?
You might think that you should use your regular lawyer instead of a lemon law attorney.
While you might have history with a specific lawyer, and while you might be able to find another lawyer who is cheaper than a lemon law attorney, it is always a good idea to find an attorney who specializes in lemon laws.
These laws are confusing, and the processes can be so daunting that your best chance of winning will often be with an attorney who has had experience in the matter.
It's important that you make use of the right type of legal expertise. Having a lemon law attorney on your side is the best way for you to have that expertise.
Preparing for Your First Meeting
Before you hire a lemon law lawyer, there are a few things that you should know. First, your attorney is going to need all of the information that you have regarding the purchase that you made – including what you were given, any receipts, and any information that changed hands regarding the item that you purchased.
They will also need time to work on the case, and might need to send their own inspectors to look at the problem product. Most importantly, your attorney is going to need you to tell him exactly what you know and to be truthful with the information that you give him.
Does Any Money Come Out of My Pocket?
Like all attorneys, you will have to pay for the time spent handling your case, plus any court costs. However, if you have a good case and you win it, you'll be able to pay your lemon law attorney out your compensation.
In some situations, if you win, the manufacturer or dealer must cover your legal and court costs as well, so you may end up with no legal fees.
Materials Your Lawyer Needs for a Successful Outcome
There is a lot of information that you need to have ready for your lemon law attorney. Be sure that you have pictures and reports of the problem product, and that your lawyer has access to the product, if possible.
You should also have receipts for the original purchase, and any information that the dealer or retailer or manufacturer gave you about it. You'll also want to give the lawyer any records of repairs or costs that you have incurred because of the lemon that you purchased.
The process for dealing with a lemon case could take several months, so be ready to meet with your lemon law lawyer many times to make sure that you have shared all of the information and that the case is proceeding in the right direction. You will also want to make sure that you are ready for the outcome.
In a typical lemon law case, you are going to be compensated for your lemon. Or you might lose and receive no compensation. As long as you can prove that you purchased something that was not what you expected it to be, you will probably win your case and be compensated. However, be ready to fight for it, with a lemon law attorney if necessary, because you may need to do this in order to win.
NOTE:The information here is not legal advice and is only presented to you so you can know your options if you purchased a lemon. As with any legal issue, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney.