Marina Kats, a Philadelphia injury lawyer with a focus on clients.

Marina Kats: Philadelphia Injury Lawyer

The most important reason why I became a lawyer is obvious. It is to help others in their moment of need. That answer will probably be given by most attorneys practicing law. For me it’s more than just words. This is a principle that I live by. My law firm is very unique in the sense that we are equally well equipped to handle multi-million dollar cases as well as cases of less potential value. For every person whose case we handle it is the most important case. Most firms that I know of, they either handle very large cases and they will not accept a smaller case or smaller firms will refer the large cases out, as they do not have the capability of efficiently handling the same. A Philadelphia injury lawyer at our firm will take on a case no matter the size.

 

The legal outcome is very difficult to measure. Once an attorney friend of mine choked when he was asked how he was able to get a 16 million dollar verdict on the case, he said I made a mistake on a 17 million dollar case. Since each case is so different and outcomes are difficult to predict, no two results could be compared. For example a cashier at the super market, who broke a finger, as a result of a car accident, and is unable to fully regain the use of the finger, maybe $200,000-300,000 is a good outcome. For the concert pianist with the same injury it could be a terrible result. A Philadelphia injury lawyer from Philly Lawyers would work to get the deserving outcome, no matter who the client is. Therefore the most important element in an attorney-client relationship is the trust and understanding that the lawyer really cares. The client may never find out how much lawyers know, but the client will always know how much a lawyer cares.

 

For the most part the problems can be solved among the parties if everyone dealt with each other in an honest and reasonable matter, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen in our world. I look at myself as an equalizer between the insurance company and someone who is injured in an accident. If the insurance company dealt with those individuals in a completely fair form there would not be a need for me to get involved, but most of the time the person is lost in the bureaucracy of the system. That’s when we will come in and help untangle the web of complications and give straight forward advice and a solution that can be recommended to our client’s satisfaction. I’d go to that lawyer. We help. And that’s the most important thing at the end of the day.

 

I started in college on student loans and I had to work two jobs to go through college and law school. I have built one of the most prestigious and respected firms in the tri-state area because of my humble beginnings. I understand philosophy and the importance of hard work and making it your life mission to assist others. I truly believe that the client comes first.

 

Like I stated earlier, most clients do not care how much a lawyer knows they want to know how much a lawyer cares. Our firm possesses both knowledge and care for our clients. We will and work in a community that we represent. I personally not only have a regular law degree that all lawyers are required to have but I also have a LLM in trial advocacy which translates to the highest possible degree that is attainable by an attorney. There is less than 1,000 of those degrees in the state of PA. When opposing counsel see the credentials they immediately recognize a worthy opponent. I, in my firm, have a number of verdict and settlements ranging from a million to 30 million dollars.

 

Most attorneys employed in our firm have a minimum of twenty years of experience. For example Richard Sydel was a former member of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and former board member of Governors of Philadelphia Bar Association. He had over 10 settlements on million-dollar plus cases. He has been published over 15 times and has lectured for the bar association and trial lawyers –  we hire the best so that you get the best Philadelphia injury lawyer for your case.

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Law | What To Do When Someone Dies

Philly Lawyers Can Help With The Legal Side of This Sad Event

It is unfortunate, but during our lifetime we will experience a loss of a loved one. Many of us do not know what to do in these situations, so we have written this article with law tips of what to do when someone dies. When a loved one dies,  you need to immediately get the letters of administration. If you have questions or concerns that are not answered in this article, we recommend that you contact a trust and estate attorney immediately.  You should go to an office of probate with the death certificate, their form of identification, and request the letters of administration. If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester or Bucks county, our trust and estate attorneys can help you with this process. Kats, Jamison & Associates (Philly Lawyers) has experienced attorneys throughout the greater Philadelphia area that would help you every step of the way.

 

Getting the letters of administration is the first step. Once the letters of administration are received the executor/executrices of the will must follow it precisely.  Before the executor distributes any proceeds to the beneficiaries of the estate he or she must inform everyone of their intent and receive the releases from all beneficiaries. Just remember that no good deed goes unpunished, even if the executor did not benefit from the distribution of the estate, but did not follow the will precisely, they might be responsible for the consequences. Once all of the assets are distributed the inventory must be filed together with the tax return within nine months of the death.

 

In a recent case that our firm handled, there were a number of siblings and when the parents passed away, there was a specific intent expressed that the house would go to one of the siblings, except it was not clearly written in the will. Most of the siblings agreed, except for one of the individuals, and the executor had to use estate money in order to defend his action. Eventually the executor was successful, but he could have made his job a lot easier, had he explained the actions to all of the beneficiaries before the distribution of the assets was finalized.

 

The executor should contact a trust and estate attorney to be their guide in what to do when someone dies. This will ensure that no mistakes are made, as litigation is usually costly and unnecessary. Our firm provides legal advice and guidance with the administration of the estate.  We could also recommend a competent accountant who could assist you with tax advice.

 

Please contact us for any questions that you may have. We will provide you with the expert advice and knowledge that you need on such matters.

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Do You Need Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Medical malpractice, very often, is mistaken by a patient for a bad result. Not every case that ended badly was  necessarily a medical malpractice. Having said that, it does not mean that doctors do not make mistakes. Even when the doctor has done everything right the patient may still end up with a bad result. In order for the case to be a medical malpractice case the doctors action has to be a deviation of standard medical care or a mistake that no prudent physician would make. An obvious example is a case  in which the doctor is suppose to operate on the right leg to amputate it, but instead the doctor amputates the left leg. Strangely  Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers have seen these types of errors occur.

 

Other often mistakes that occur in a medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose a curable condition in the beginning, but left untreated will cause dire consequences. For example a woman had a small tumor, but the doctor failed to see that in the mammogram and it had become an advanced staged tumor, and it is now too late for only surgical treatment.

 

If you suspect that your doctor has done something that they shouldn’t have or have not done something that they should have you should seek out immediate legal assistance. You may contact our law firm or your local attorney. Our Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Bucks County Lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that there is no fee to you, unless we win your case.

 

Before you come in for your free consultation, our attorneys will ask you to bring all of your medical records regarding this case. We will review these records and advise you on whether or not you have a case that should be pursued. When we decide to move forward with a medical malpractice suit, we will start the process by conducting an investigation of your case. Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers will consult medical experts, that are board certified in specialties, relating to your medical malpractice case. This will  determine whether the highest standard of care was provided.  If our investigation reveals that the doctor was in breach of the standard of care or negligence is confirmed, then your Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers will institute suit.

 

The attorneys of Kats, Jamison and Associates help clients in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties. Our lawyers will seek full and fair compensation of our client’s medical malpractice cases.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, call us immediately (1-800-529-1917) for a free attorney consultation on your case. By law you only have two years, from the time that you knew or should have known that medical malpractice has occurred, to file suit.

Tips From a Philadelphia DUI Lawyer

The tendency of everyone when they see the flashing lights of a police car in their rear view mirror is panic. Unfortunately when someone panics they start to act irrationally. You should always have a plan of action when the police stop you in whatever offense you may be concerned about. Most often it is a DUI offense and that’s when your memory and your actions become crucial. You are not required to volunteer any information and should just listen to what the police officer requests of you. Before they arrest you or request a sobriety test, they have to have a probable cause, meaning the offense has to occur before the stop. Do not act argumentatively. All you’re required to provide is your drivers license, owners cards and insurance. Do not answer any questions or make any statements. If the police have probable cause and suspect that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol they may act to perform a sobriety test. A Philadelphia DUI lawyer would advise you not to panic.

If you do not pass the test the police officer will ask you to take a blood or breathalyzer test. Again do not panic. The number one rule is, under no circumstances: DO NOT sign the refusal of the test. If you sign the refusal of the test, you may have your drivers license automatically suspended for a year. There is very little that an attorney can do to help you at this point.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, get the best Philadelphia DUI lawyer to protect your rights. Call Philly Lawyers today: 215-396-9901.

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The Immigration Lawyer Philadelphia Trusts for U.S. Visas

Immigration and adjustment of status can be a confusing and difficult process. My firm, Kats, Jamison & Associates, in Philadelphia helps make this process easier for our clients.

There are many ways to adjust your status if you wish to come the United States legally. If you are in this country and your legal status is overstayed, for the period of more than six months, you will not be eligible to adjust your status on any other ground other than the marriage to a citizen of the United States. And if you came to this country without being inspected on the border, you will not be able to adjust the status automatically, even if you marry a United States citizen. Other than marriage to a U.S. citizen, there are other ways to adjust your status.
The new popular form of adjustment of status is the Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) Visa, but this only helps if you are a wealthy individual. Congress created the program in 1990 as a means of stimulating the economy through foreign investment and job creation. EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial business. The business must be either purchased and the existing business be restructured, or the business should be reorganized in such a way that a new commercial enterprise results in or is expanded through the investment so that a 40-percent increase in the net worth or number of employees occurs.2 The EB-5 visa may be a great option for some. If you would like to apply for this visa, please call us to speak to an immigration lawyer Philadelphia investors rely on for such advice. For more information about the EB-5, Immigrant Investor Program, please see the Job Creation Requirements for eligibility.

 

There are a number of visas for immediate relatives and family sponsorships. They are: spouse of United Citizen, Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition, Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S., Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens, Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens, Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents.

 

There are also a number of nonimmigrant visas. If you are an individual with extraordinary ability or achievement, you may apply for the O-1 nonimmigrant visa. This visa is specifically for “individuals who possesses an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.”1

 

Another nonimmigrant visa is the The H-1B Visa or Employment-Based Immigration Visa. This visa is for nonimmigrants in a “specialty occupation,” such as accounting, architecture, biotechnology, business specialties, chemistry, education, engineering, law, mathematics, medicine and health, physical sciences, social sciences, and theology with at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, although there have been exceptions. The H-1B Visa also requires that you be sponsored by an employer.

 

There are a number of visas that you may qualify for, whether you would like to stay the in country permanently or only for a specific amount of time. For more information about visas and which one is best for you, please call us at (215) 396-9001 to speak with an immigration lawyer Philadelphia trusts for results. Our law firm is able to accommodate you in almost any language, if it is difficult for you to communicate in the English.

 

Sources:

1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

2. EB-5 Immigrant Investor

3. Directory of Visa Categories

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Act Immediately On Your Slip and Fall Lawsuit

Slip and fall cases require special and immediate attention from a slip and fall attorney. At our law firm, Philly Lawyers, we encourage our clients to act quickly if they have sustained a personal injury and would like to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties (Bucks County, Montgomery County and Delaware County). There are number of reasons for acting quickly and doing so may help you win your case. If you are in the Greater Philadelphia area and have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call us (215) 396 – 9001. The consultation is FREE and there is NO COST to you UNLESS WE WIN your slip and fall lawsuit. If you are not able to come to our office in Bucks County, we will come to you.

You need to act quickly, because there is always a possibility that the defect that caused you to fall is fixed and you won’t be able to preserve the evidence. The slip and fall attorney will immediately send a letter to the landlord of the location where the slip and fall occurred to make sure, if there are any video cameras in that location, that the film will not be destroyed. This is the first step and it is an especially important one, because one of the excuses that the insurance companies use, in an effort to minimize the amount of the settlement, is to say that it is your fault. The insurance company may claim negligence on your behalf, stating that you were running, not watching where you were going or that there was no defect. In my 26-year experience of practicing law and defending my clients in slip and fall lawsuits in Philadelphia, I can tell you that the best evidence in such personal injury cases is photographs or videos.

Another important element to help prove your claim is the witness statement. Our law firm has an investigator on staff  that will immediately go out and interview the witnesses. Usually people are more inclined to give a statement when it is requested within a short period of time from the occurrence. People also tend to be able to recall the slip and fall incident in greater detail when asked about it shortly after. The quicker our investigator can secure the witness’s identity, the sooner your slip and fall attorney can have a better picture of the case.

It is also very important to make sure that your doctor is aware of the origins of your injury. Very often the patient will complain about the pain and suffering but will neglect to explain to the doctor that it happened as a result of a fall. Your slip and fall attorney should contact your doctor immediately and make sure that the mechanism of the trauma is properly explained and that your doctor is able to document that the injury sustained is a result of the fall.

If you have been injured, due to negligence in proper maintenance, repair or upkeep of a business or homeowner’s property, you may have the right to file a slip and fall lawsuit for damages incurred as a result of the personal injury you sustained. These injuries may include medical expenses, lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering. If you have any medical bills as a result of your injury, your slip and fall attorney should make sure that the insurance company agrees to pay all of them. If there is a pending request for reimbursement from the insurance company, it should also be address before the case settles.

We have listed the steps that you should take immediately following a slip and fall accident:

1.     Do not make any detailed statements regarding fault.

2.     Get the contact information of the property owners and managers.

3.     Find witnesses and write down their contact information.

4.     Take clear pictures of the defects/hazards and of your injury.

5.     Make sure to save your clothing and footwear.

6.     Seek immediate medical attention if you are injured.

7.     Do not make a recorded statement with the insurance adjusters.

8.     Call your local slip and fall attorney.

If you are in the Greater Philadelphia area, you may contact Philly Lawyers at (215) 396 – 9001. Our law firm specializes in personal injury cases regarding slip and fall in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Delaware County.

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Advice From A Criminal Lawyer Philadelphia Trusts

What do you do when an investigator comes to your door?

 

We have all seen plenty of movies where a person either gives a statement or refuses to talk when confronted by the police. A lot of times the question becomes: “What should I do?” Many people call our Philadelphia criminal lawyers to inform us of what they just did and ask if what they did was the right thing.

 

One very powerful constitutional right that the individuals of this country have is the fifth amendment – not to talk to any government authority if they are not inclined to do so. Your denial to talk to the authority by law cannot be construed as an implication of any guilt. As a matter of fact, in a criminal case if the accused individual decides not to take a stand in his defense, the judge will give specific instructions to the jury, stating: “The fact that the defendant did not testify creates no presumption or inference of any kind against him. This fact alone must not have any influence upon you in arriving at your verdict.”

 

My most sincere advice is: If you’ve received a call from the authorities, whether you think there may be an actual problem or you think that you are completely innocent, do not talk to anyone. You have the right to do so. As well as you have the right to have your criminal lawyer present during any interrogations.

 

After the stating your desire to “plead the 5th,” the first thing you should do is contact a criminal lawyer. If you are in the Philadelphia area, you may call our law firm at 1800-529-1917 to speak to a criminal lawyer Philadelphia residents can trust for advice and results in criminal cases. Our firm, Kats, Jamison & Associates (Philly Lawyers), defends the people of Bucks County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Our criminal lawyers will communicate with the investigators on your behalf. You should ask the investigator, whether it is on a phone call or at your door for their information and pass it along to your Philly Lawyer so that we may properly contact the authorities and instruct them that any further communications with you will be through your attorney.

 

As a criminal lawyer Philadelphia residents have relied on for many years, I can assure you that there are no benefits to be derived from talking to the authority. If they want to indite you, they will anyways, despite what you say. If they do not have enough information to indite you, there is no reason for you to cooperate and possibly give out any incriminating information. Whether the question is asked about you or any one that you may be acquainted with, the answer is the same: “I will contact my lawyer and my lawyer will be in touch with you.” Always be polite and respectful, but firm in you desire not to continue without your lawyer present.

 

If this has happened to you, get the criminal lawyer Philadelphia counts on for criminal defense!

 

We encourage you to pass this information along to your friends and family members and to always protect your rights under the constitution. Please call us with any questions that you may have regarding criminal charges or any other legal matters: 1800-529-1917

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Multilingual Lawyers in Phildelphia


We understand that when you come from a foreign country, even if you learn the english language proficiently, in a certain situations you feel most comfortable speaking in your native language.

 

Individuals who have a difficulty speaking english may get especially concerned when they speak with an attorney. A certain comfort level exists when you may communicate in their own language and know that you will be understood. Our firm has many multilingual lawyers. I personally speak four languages. When you come to my office you can communicate in russian, ukrainian, polish, armenian, german, french, spanish, uzbek, and italian. We do everything possible to make you comfortable so you could relate your problem first hand. Whether it is a car accident, slip and fall, criminal matter, divorce, or immigration issue, our team of multilingual lawyers will be able to assist you in the language of your choice. There is no issue too big or too small for our firm. We will take our time to give you the legal advice you deserve.

 

There are no fees for consultation in cases concerning an automobile accident, truck accidents, motorcycle accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, or any other forms of personal injury.

 

When scheduling your appointment with our firm or upon your arrival, simply request to speak in the language of your choice. We will have one of our multilingual lawyers or staff members help you immediately in your desired language. Any communications in the law office are kept private and will never be disclosed to anyone else, without your authorization. Some firms may ask you to bring your own interpreter, this not a good idea – if you would like your matter remain private and confidential. The attorney-client privilege applies only in the communication between the attorney, the attorney’s staff and the client or a certified interpreter.
Please see us if you have a need and we will Welcome | Bienvenidos | Добро пожаловать Accueil | Willkommen | Benvenuto | Witamy | Ласкаво просимо you in any language!

 

Please call us for all of your legal needs: 1-800-529-1917

A Misconception About Limited Tort Cases: What is the meaning of serious or permanent injury?

Our firm recently obtained a six-figure settlement for a limited tort case, in which a woman was injured as a result of a car accident. The firm’s philosophy is not always to accept limited tort cases because it is very difficult to say at the initial interview whether the individual’s injury will overcome the presumption of the limited tort. The injured individual should not be afraid to call us or any other lawyers, as the initial consultation is free and our firm is representing the client on a contingent fee basis. Meaning that there will never be a charge to the client unless we achieve the recovery and receive money for the client.

 
Our firm will do everything possible to make sure the client gets the recovery they deserve in a limited tort case. We listen to our clients to represent them diligently. We obtain, at no upfront cost to the client, all the medical bills and reports. We have an extensive discussion with the client on how the accident affected their life and try to develop a comprehensive picture of how the client is suffering as a result of the accident.
It is a big misconception that many people are told that you need to have fractured bones in order to overcome a limited tort presumption. It is simply not true.

 
In order to overcome a limited tort case, what that statute says you have to have is a serious or permanent injury. There is no definition in that statute of the meaning of serious or permanent. Therefore is it between a client and lawyer to see if a case could be developed into something that should be pursued in court or settled with the insurance company. Or perhaps the lawyer will tell the client where there is no chance of victory. Our firm has a weekly meeting where we have that discussion amongst our selves as to the viability of the clients case. If we decide to take the case to trial, our firm is usually successful in securing a win for our client. Of course there is no guarantees and any past results are not a reflection of what could happen in the future. But I encourage everyone who has a car accident to call us whether they have a limited tort or full tort.

Justice is served in this Philadelphia slip and fall accident

$1.15 Million Awarded in Slip and Fall Accident

It’s amazing – and more than a little scary – how a seemingly innocuous moment can dramatically alter the course of your life.

If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, you need a slip and fall attorney with a proven track record of getting results in Philadelphia courts – like the $1.15 million we recently won for a client who suffered a slip and fall injury in a Philadelphia hotel. You need an attorney who knows the law inside and out, who has your best interests in mind, and who will fight for justice. If you think that you, like the client in this case, were injured unjustly, call us for a free consultation to find out how we can help you. If English is an issue for you or your family members, don’t worry – we speak multiple languages. If your injury is preventing you from coming to our office, we will come to you. And because we work on a contingency fee – meaning we don’t get paid unless you win – clients who have lost employment and had medical bills pile up due to an accident don’t have to worry. We will fight to win your case!

This particular client was attending a business sales conference held at a major hotel chain’s suburban Philadelphia location. A simple trip to the bathroom became a life-changing event after she slipped and fell on a wet, recently washed floor. She struck the back of her head on the wall and her knee on the floor, leaving her with lasting concussion symptoms, a nasty cut on the knee, and cognitive issues consistent with a traumatic brain injury.

All too often, property owners neglect their duty of preventing hazards on the premises that could reasonably cause harm, and all too often, that neglect results in a person’s life being turned on its head. Victims of such slip and fall accidents have the right to contact an injury lawyer who will fight for proper and fair compensation for the slip and fall that robs them of their livelihood.
Before her slip and fall, our client was a top saleswoman and avid outdoor enthusiast; since her injury, to this day, she suffers from frequent migraines and cognitive impairment. She has a great amount of difficulty with memory, including word recall, and is no longer able to hold down a full-time job. Cognitive assessments after the accident included “abnormal findings” and generally subpar mental performance.

And so our brave plaintiff found herself dealing with constant pain, suffering from anxiety and depression, and having to fight tooth and nail for reasonable recompense as an average citizen going up against a massive international corporation.

She needed a slip and fall lawyer who knows law and most importantly know how to win. The firm of Kats & Associates argued passionately on behalf of this client, as we do for all clients who have been put in bad situations by the negligence of others. Serious injuries require serious injury lawyers who get results – and get results we did.

After one day of mediation before the Honorable Russell M. Nigro, we agreed to waive the $300,000-plus workers’ compensation lien, then settled with the hoteliers on $1.15 million in compensation – just the kind of swift and victorious results clients need from their lawyers and can expect from Kats & Associates.

If you have suffered an injury and someone else is at fault, legal action may be an option for you. Call us today for a free consultation.

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