What evidence do I need to win my fraud lawsuit?  How do I choose the right lawyer for my fraud lawsuit? How much will it cost?  Double board certified Houston attorney Richard LaGarde answers these and other frequently asked questions. Mr. LaGarde has represented numerous individuals and businesses in fraud lawsuits in both Texas and Louisiana. Click on the + symbols below to see Mr. LaGarde’s answers.

Fraud FAQs

Q: What evidence do I need to win my fraud lawsuit?

A: These are the elements you must prove to win a fraud lawsuit.
 Fraud is a deliberate deception for the purpose of securing a gain, often monetary. A valid claim of fraud involves a representation of fact that satisfies all of the following elements:

  • The representation is false;
  • It is material – that is, non-trivial;
  • It was made either a) in the knowledge that it was false, or b) recklessly and without knowledge of its truth;
  • It was made with the intention that another party act on it;
  • It was relied upon by the victim; and
  • That reliance caused the victim injury (monetary or otherwise).

Q:  How do I choose the right attorney for my breach of contract lawsuit?

A: Here are 3 tips for choosing the right lawyer for your case.
Choose a lawyer based on (1) Qualifications, (2) Compassion, and (3) Communication.  Watch the video below for a discussion of each topic. 

Q:  How much will it cost me to file a fraud lawsuit?

A: We handle fraud cases on either an hourly fee or a contingent fee basis.
For details as to how a contingent fee agreement works, watch the video below.

As with many other legal matters, fraud is both a criminal and a civil matter. In other words, someone who commits fraud can have both criminal charges filed against them by law enforcement and civil lawsuits filed against them by a private individual or business.

Unfortunately, fraud is all too common in the modern world. We are inundated with enticing advertisements and direct appeals to part with our hard-earned money in exchange for some product or service. The sellers make claims of the value and utility of their products to convince people to buy them. Of course, the vast majority of these claims are truthful. But when they are not, fraud victims are often cheated out of large amounts of their money or other property.

Fraud intended to swindle members of the public at large is often called consumer fraud. Common types of consumer fraud include investment and securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, auto dealership scams, identity theft, and credit card fraud. Business fraud, while closely related to consumer fraud, often involves a breach of contract. In other cases, it may involve embezzlement, bribery, corruption, and misrepresentation or nondisclosure.

Fraud may be committed through many media, including mail, phone, and in person. The internet is particularly appealing to fraudsters because it makes it easy for them to conceal their identity and location.

Fraud is difficult to prove. If you believe you are the victim of fraud, consult with an attorney with a proven track record for successfully recovering damages for victims, such as those at the LaGarde Law Firm.

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