Knowledge is a powerful thing, and with the advent of the “Information Highway,” a consumer has the ability to research and educate himself on a vast array of topics. I have generally considered this as a good thing. When it comes to legal matters though, this type of self-education proves to be dangerous. I receive countless calls from consumers who believe they had 4 or even 5 years to file a lemon law claim because they “read it on the Internet” only to find out when it is too late that the "Lemon Law Rights Period” [in Florida]…is the first 24
Over the course, of my career, I have built a name for myself as an AVVO 10.0 and a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent-Rated attorney who focuses on lemon law matters, with many successful cases under my belt. I have a decades-old passion for cars and a lifetime empathy for the underdog. I get a great deal of satisfaction helping someone, in a relatively short amount of time, get relief from a “thorn in their side,” and for that, I do not mind being called the “Lemon Law King.” But, I fight injustices in all areas of the law with equal, if
Many times, in litigation, as in life, a victory comes with an unwanted loss. Think of the mountain climber who severed his trapped limb to free his body and save his life. This is a drastic illustration of course, but it is the hard reality of many of the choices we are faced with. I will fight tooth and nail for my clients to get every penny they are entitled to under the law. I have even been accused of chasing a penny with a dollar by my staff. However, in some instances, my clients must take a loss to recover
Cousins Law Firm was recently featured by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority as a featured local small business.
In the State of Florida, repair orders are legal documents and dealerships are required to give you a copy of your repair order after every service. Surprisingly, many consumers are not aware of this or think it is not necessary to secure a repair order. I would like to tell you why it is important to keep these repair orders neatly in a safe, dry place, outside of the vehicle. Three reasons come to mind: RESALE: 1. You will need these repair orders if you decide to re-sell your vehicle. Savvy new car buyers want to see the repair orders on
Patrick Cousins was recently awarded a certificate of appreciation for contributions in making the 2016 International Association of Lemon Law Administrators a success in Miami Beach, FL.
Patrick Cousins has been appointed to the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee and will be speaking at the bar meetings listed below during the 2017-18 calendar year. Fall Meeting - October 11-14, 2017 Tampa Airport Marriott Winter Meeting - Date/Location TBD Annual Convention - June 13-16, 2018 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
After landing his first job at a small law firm, Patrick Cousins bought a shiny, new, red Chevrolet IROC convertible. It broke down so much, though, that the car ended up in the shop more than 30 times. The car made Cousins late for work so often that his boss sat him down one day and told him to do something about it or else. Patrick Cousins Cousins researched Florida’s lemon laws, got General Motors to buy the convertible back and, in turn, earned some valuable experience. “Six months later, I interviewed for a job at a larger firm and, sure