Letter to a Client
You are a paralegal working for attorney William Wagner. He met with a potential client named Tom Smith. Please read the fact pattern below and then complete the Assignment. Note this is the same fact pattern from this week’s Discussion Board.
Tom and Mary Smith went to dinner at La Grande Fromage restaurant. Tom’s bad lower back (hereditary disc problems) was acting up but he did not take a pain pill before going out. He was in some pain when the couple arrived at the restaurant. He had three glasses of wine before dinner hoping it would quell the pain. Before dinner was served, he got up to use the restroom. On his way to the restroom, he slipped on a puddle of melted butter on the floor and was seriously injured. The puddle he slipped on was comprised of several wrapped individual butter pats that had simply melted into a rather large yellowish blob on the floor near the men’s room door. The butter pats had fallen off a tray that a busboy was carrying back to the kitchen while clearing a table. It is unclear how long they had been on the floor before Tom slipped on them. As soon as he dropped them, the busboy had yelled to the restaurant hostess (who saw them fall from her post at the hostess station) “That needs to be cleaned up!”
Please use the fact pattern above to write a formal letter to Mr. Tom Smith. Mr. Smith knows nothing about the legal process and just needs a little bit of guidance. Please write him a letter that explains what will happen once he has agreed to have your firm represent him in his legal case. Explain to him the all of the steps that will take place up to and including the trial. Please use proper legal terminology; just make sure to define the terms for your client. Concepts that your letter should cover include, but may not be limited to, party designations, the complaint, summons, service of process, answer, default judgment, the discovery process, summary judgment, pretrial procedure, and then the trial and ultimate decision. Your letter should also have an introductory paragraph, the body of the letter, and a conclusion.
Make sure to follow the rules for proper letter writing given in Chapter 4 of your Legal Transcription textbook. This includes including all the components of a letter mentioned in the reading. You can use Figures 4-1 and 4-2 for examples. Please also consult the Week 2 rubric for the requirements of the Assignment. Your letter does not need internal citations, but remember to include an APA formatted reference page.
Tom Smith’s Attorney:
Wagner & Evans LLP
109 Wayfair Avenue
Portage, Indiana 46368
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