Christopher F Allen

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  • Personal Injury, Entertainment & Sports Law
  • California, Georgia
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Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Entertainment & Sports Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 321386
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State Bar of Georgia
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Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 321386
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State Bar of Georgia
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2 Questions Answered
Q. What is the jurisdiction for a hit and run auto accident [driver that caused fled & not found] when it is out of state?
A: Generally, venue is proper where the accident occurred or where defendant resides. In this case, venue would most likely be proper where the accident occurred since defendant was not found. It’s possible that the lawyer you decide to hire may be able to locate defendant’s whereabouts. At that point, multiple jurisdictions could be applicable.

It should be noted that in situations where plaintiff and defendant reside in different states and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, defendant may remove the case to Federal Court. I would suggest that you look for counsel in the state where the accident occurred to start. I would also inquire with counsel regarding whether they have experience litigating in Federal Court if necessary. ... Read More
Q. What would be the next best step for me to do when can't find attorney to take my case?
A: Even though the other party may not have responded to your lawsuit, it does not make it a guaranteed “win.” There may be procedural issues with notice and service of process. I would advise reaching out to your local state bar association to see if they may be able to refer a competent attorney for your matter. Before representing yourself in court as a pro se litigant, I would advise trying to exhaust all possible avenues in your pursuit of retaining a lawyer. Generally, a lawyer has very specific knowledge regarding the rules of civil procedure and they can provide you with specialized guidance on how to properly litigate your matter.
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Contact & Map
C.F. Allen Law, PC
Atlanta (Mailing)
4355 Cobb Pkwy SE
STE J269
Atlanta, GA 30339
Telephone: (470) 401-0021
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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