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In New York, why does an attorney who signs up a new case have to file a document with
the Office of Court Administration letting them know that they just signed up a new case?
Would you like to learn the answer? Come join me as I share with you this great information.
Hi. I'm Gerry Oginski. I'm a New York medical malpractice and personal injury trial attorney
practicing law in the state of New York. Do you know that every single time an attorney
signs up a case he or she must file a document with the Office of Court Administration (it's
known as a 'retainer statement')? And that basically puts them on notice that basically
says Office of Court Administration I just want to let you know I signed up Mr. Jones
as a new client. And as part of that document, we have to identify a number of things. We
have to identify when the client came and signed up with us. We also have to identify
where this particular client came from. Did they come from a friend? Did they come from
a relative? Did they come from another attorney? And we have to specifically indicate how they
came to us. And why is that done? Well, for two reasons. One, the Office of Court Administration
wants to know how the attorney got this particular case. Because in years past, there have been
very, very unusual and let's just say upfront ways in which attorneys have obtained cases.
So this is one way where the attorney certifies how they got this case. Did they get it from
advertising? Did they get from a fellow colleague? Did they get it from their hairdresser? Whatever
it is, we have to identify and put that down. Second, it's another way for the Office of
Court Administration to keep track of cases that are brought into the court system. So
now they know that an attorney has signed up a case then they can compare that to the
actual number of lawsuits that are filed. And there's a discrepancy because not every
case that comes into an attorney when they sign somebody up is a valid and meritorious
case. So why do I share this quick little tidbit information with you? I share it with
you just to give you an insight and an understanding into what goes on in the litigation process
in the state of New York involving a medical malpractice case, an accident case or even
a wrongful death case. These are all negligence or personal injury or accident cases. In all
likelihood, you have questions or concerns about your own particular matter. And if your
matter happened in the state of New York and you do have legal questions, what I encourage
you to do is pick up the phone and call me. I can answer your legal questions. This is
something that I do every single day and I welcome your call. You can reach me at 516-487-8207
or by email at Gerry@Oginski-law.com. Well that's it for today's quick video. I'm Gerry
Oginski, have a wonderful day!