Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I think I have a case?

The best thing to do is to fill out one of our free, confidential, case evaluation forms. The forms are fast, free, confidential, easy, and go directly to Attorney John McCarthy’s inbox. John makes it a point to review and respond to every submission, typically by the close of the next business day, or 24-48 hours. John is often researching, writing, talking to potential clients, talking to clients, talking to witnesses, taking depositions, or in Court. So, he typically can’t just answer your call, even if you have just a quick question. However, he promises to get back to you as soon as possible. He will probably email you to either 1) ask you for more information, 2) set up a free consultation, or let you know that we’re not in a position to help, but point you toward some people/resources that might be able to help.

What do you charge?

If we take on your case, it will probably be a contingency fee of 33-40% of your recovery. For example, if we got you $1, we’d be entitled to 33 cents if the case settled, and 40 cents if the case when to trial. But, if we got you $0, you wouldn’t owe us anything. We take on occasional pro bono cases, depending on the facts and circumstances. We typically offer free consultations to people if we are interested in taking on their case since we do not provide legal advice or counsel during our free consultations. Our free consultations are meant for you to learn about us, for us to learn about you, and for us all to decide if it makes sense to work together. We occasionally charge for strategy sessions if people need some legal advice and counsel, but we are not sure we are willing to represent them on a contingency fee.

What long will this case thing take?

It could take a while. Lots of TV shows show cases settling or going to trial within the hour long show. The characters never even change suits. In reality, the characters suits are more likely to go out of style in the time it takes to go to trial after meeting the client for the first time. California law requires that cases go to trial within two years of filing the lawsuit. But, that seldom happens.

If you are looking for fast money, you are better off playing the lottery. But, if you are looking for justice…that’s another story.



Your responses will go straight to John’s inbox. John will review and respond by the end of the business day. If John thinks he can help, he’ll email you a link to schedule a free consultation with him. If John doesn’t think he can help, he’ll email you resources to help you understand the law, find a qualified lawyer to help you, and take steps to protect your rights. No waiting around.

McCarthy Law Monterrey Locations

McCarthy Law

From our offices in Monterey, California and Fresno, California, we serve clients throughout the California Central Coast, including but not limited to: Fresno County, Kern County, Madera County, Merced County, Monterey County, San Benito County, San Joaquin County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Cruz County, Stanislaus County, and Tuolumne County.