Post by redbrother on Jun 10, 2006 10:05:35 GMT -5
It would not hurt to do a back ground check on them. Any lawyer would understand this, knowing that you want to get the best possible person(s) to handle your case, one who is not only knowledgeble on law, but Indian law. One way to do it is to go do a web search and use your gut instincts. Don't rely totally on word of mouth. Best of luck folks!
I understand that Montana and Assoc. will be in Pierre at the Ramkota on Saturday, July 1. I know it's short notice, but maybe some of you who are still looking for a lawyer and are within driving distance of Pierre could be there.
I spoke to Gary Montana yesterday AM and he agreed to represent our family. We are not on the '86 census, but we know that our Great Grandfather (George Campbell) was given land and he is on the Soldiers and Scouts List, and we have lots of other documentation to prove that he was in Minnesota most of his life. I had filed a Motion to Invervene (in pro per) on June 22. He advised that we have more than a fighting chance to get in. I was impressed with him. He knows Indian Law. I am a legal assistant in San Francisco, but I am completely ignorant of Indian Law. I liked what Gary had to say, and he is only charging 15% of the end result, and he only wants $50 per adult, and $20 per minor starting off. I am very relieved.
did you read gary montana's contract? this is quoted from page 1...." All costs, expenses, and disbursments, including but not limited to expert witness fees, appraisals,testing costs, court costs, deposition costs, mileage, phone tolls, interpreting fees, copy costs,and other exceptional expenses shall be paid by the Client. It is understood and agreed that the attorney herein will bill the client on a periodic basis as such costs and expenses are accrued." ....this is before connecting you and even if you never connect you will have to pay this. i don't like the deal...it would cost you a bunch whether you qualified or not.
It is the same wording in the contract of the other attorney's for families that were not accepted by Kaardal. Have you read another attorney's contact? also from what I have seen the expenses will be paid by the clients and they are a large large number. I am thinking ones share of such expenses would be very high compared to obtaining an attorney unfamiliar with indian law and the issues, will be small in comparison to laying down a retainer fee. I have seen him make every effort to work with people who have very little and I doubt that another attorney would do the same. It amazes me that anyone would think that he would be trying to make a big profit on his expenses incurred. He or another attorney involved in this for that matter. If he were to abuse this part of the contract, his reputation would be injured all across indian county in as his client list is that large. I would hate to see anyone give up on their family line, whatever the issue in connection, because someone tells them they should be afraid of a contract instead of looking at it or asking in a constructive manner. I think alot of people who have attorney's dont discuss them or the details but I can assure you that no one has an attorney that isnt asking for compensation for expenses. there is nothing unusual about it and although it would be nice, I cant imagine an attorney working for free.
i didn't say he was a bad or dishonest man...i just said that the wording of the contract makes you responsible for expenses whether you qualify or not. i think the other contract was 33 1/3 % if you qualify And win...otherwise no cost to you.
Tamara has a point in what she is saying. Kaardahl told us a meeting in Porcupine that if we lost this case he would have to bill us for his expenses. For the amount of people he has retained it would amount to be about 10 per person. He said we were fortunate for the contribution made by lower sioux of 50,000.
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