Out of State Accidents and Out of State Clients

If you have traveled to the State of California and were involved in a serious auto collision resulting in injuries, we can help you.  We specialize in personal injury cases occurring in California and have represented many clients harmed in California but residing in other states.

Additionally, although our firm’s main office is in California, we represent clients severely injured as a result of auto collisions in other states throughout  the country.

In addition to working with a network of attorneys throughout  the nation we have cultivated relationships with over the years who are premier attorneys producing excellent results, we can and have been admitted to practice law in other states through a legal process called “pro hac vice”. 

The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith can appear in other states with the assistance of in-state counsel and/or by making a Pro Hac Vice appearance in a lawsuit.   Through this process, our expertise in personal injury and medical issues is shared with firms in states where the injury occurred who might assist our office in presenting the case prior to and if necessary through trial.

Pro Hac Vice, Latin for "for this occasion" or "for this event," is a legal term usually referring to a lawyer who has not been admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction but has been allowed to participate in a particular case in that jurisdiction.

A lawyer not licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction, but who is licensed in another United States jurisdiction, and who resides outside of the particular jurisdiction shall be permitted to appear pro hac vice, file pleadings, motions, briefs, and other papers and to fully participate in a particular proceeding before a trial or appellate court of that particular jurisdiction if the lawyer complies with certain conditions.

In most States, upon written application, an attorney who is not admitted to practice law in the state courts and who is at the time admitted and authorized to practice law in the highest court of another state may appear pro hac vice in any action or proceeding, if an attorney admitted to practice in the courts is associated as attorney of record.

An applicant for Counsel Pro Hac Vice is an attorney who is not a member of the State Bar of another state but who is in good standing and eligible to practice before the bar of a United States court or of a court of any state, territory, dependency or insular possession of the United States and who has been retained to appear in a particular cause pending in a court of this state.

Out-of-state attorneys not admitted to to a particular state must be admitted pro hac vice before practicing law or risk violating the unauthorized practice of law prohibition.

Pro hac vice admission allows an out-of-state attorney to practice law on a temporary basis as co-counsel with an attorney of that state.

Nonresident counsel may be permitted to appear in a particular case if the court in which the case is pending determines that admission pro hac vice will serve the interests of the parties and the efficient and just administration of the case.

Pro hac vice admission is governed by may state's own Supreme Court Rules and certain Circuit Court Rules.  Specifically, many states of rules that state that a judge in a state may allow a nonresident counsel to appear in his or her court and participate in a particular action or proceeding in association with an active member of the state bar who appears and participates in the action or proceeding.

You don’t have to restrict your search for an attorney to the area  you were injured.  The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith can help you no matter where your collision took place.

Contact us online or call us at 800-404-5400 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options and how we can help you.




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