Choosing the right law firm can be a daunting and difficult decision, but it is also an extremely important one. Before making your decision, do not hesitate to ask questions to ensure that you’re comfortable with a firm’s philosophy, experience, and history of success.
The links below provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you want additional information or would like to discuss your individual case in more detail, contact The Mills Law Firm, LLP by telephone at (518) 373-9900 or by e-mail at [email protected].
The Mills Law Firm, LLP and its attorneys have successfully litigated cases in all New York State and Federal courts, and have a successful track record of getting results. Unlike many other firms that handle personal injury and commercial litigation cases, The Mills Law Firm, LLP is a firm of trial lawyers — attorneys who concentrate their efforts in the field of trial litigation and are prepared to take every case to trial if it cannot be resolved favorably to our client.
Many people believe cases are won and lost at trial and there is some validity to that belief. While trial skills are undoubtedly critical to successful litigation, the reality is that most cases are won or lost during the phases of litigation that precede the trial. Thorough investigation, careful construction of discovery demands and responses, probing depositions, expert identification, selection and preparation: these are the hallmarks of a successful trial lawyer. Here at The Mills Law Firm, LLP, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial. It is this preparation, together with our courtroom skills, that sets our Firm apart.
Beyond our determined advocacy and litigation experience, The Mills Law Firm, LLP is ever cognizant of the fact that people are at the heart of what we do. People do not seek the services of an attorney unless they need help, and most often these people are in the midst of a difficult time in their lives. We therefore keep our focus on the client, providing conscientious and compassionate guidance to those in need of our professional services. We are truly honored when clients choose our Firm, and you can be assured that your case will never receive less than the very best service that we offer at The Mills Law Firm, LLP.
Every case is different, so the only way to find out if we can help you is to call us at (518) 373-9900 for a free consultation. You can also email us at [email protected] or fill out our online Contact Form. We will meet with you at your convenience, day or night, weekdays or weekends, if necessary, and we are always willing to travel to your house or anywhere else you feel most comfortable. At our meeting, we’ll listen to your concerns and give you our best judgment about the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
The prospect of costly litigation prevents many people from even investigating their legal options. Without a doubt, lawsuits can be very expensive, but there are fee arrangements that will reduce, or at least minimize, any out-of-pocket expenses. In all of our plaintiff personal injury litigation, we get paid on a contingency basis. This means that we only receive an attorneys’ fee if your lawsuit results in a recovery. If we are not successful in pursuing your case, we do not receive a fee. Because the attorneys’ fee is generally the same regardless of which firm you hire, you might as well choose a firm with a proven track record.
For our corporate and institutional clients, we have developed fair hourly rates that are reflective of the complexity of the work we perform and the experience of our individual staff. We will work with you to negotiate a rate that satisfies your company’s bottom line, and there will be no hidden fees, charges or expenses. We carefully maintain and monitor our work product, and we will provide you with detailed Statements for Services that reflect every tenth of an hour of work performed on your case.
After you have made the decision to hire The Mills Law Firm, LLP to represent you, we begin the process of constructing your case. While every case is different, the first step is to conduct a detailed interview. This will enable us to get the facts we need to investigate your case and decide on our strategy moving forward.
The next step is a detailed investigation. We will contact witnesses and medical or other experts, we will obtain and review documents and medical records, and we will analyze the facts of your case under New York State law to develop a comprehensive strategy for achieving the best result possible.
The third step is litigation. Once a lawsuit has been filed and the litigation process is underway, we work diligently to move your case forward. We will keep you fully informed throughout this time-consuming and difficult process, because we never lose sight of the fact that this is your case, and that you have hired us to aggressively represent your interests.
This is probably the most frequently asked question of all. You should know that every case is different, and the value of every case is entirely dependent on the individual facts. Continuing medical treatment is often required, and the final impact on your health, family and job may not be known when we first meet. You should be very skeptical of any attorney who tells you that your case is a “million-dollar case” or tries to put a monetary value on the case before fully investigating the facts.
While your case may ultimately be worth a million dollars or more, a good attorney will complete his or her investigation before making any recommendation as to the value of the case. Only then can the lawyer and client have an open and honest discussion about the value of the case and whether it makes sense to settle or proceed to trial.
Some cases can be resolved in a few months. Others can take more than a year or two. When we first meet, we will be able to provide you with an estimate of how long we think your case will take, and we’ll keep you fully informed as the litigation progresses. Complex litigation takes time, and the length of a case depends on many factors, including the complexity of the legal issues, the nature and extent of the injuries or damages and the Court’s schedule. We recognize that our clients are concerned about the speed and pace of their case, and so we are committed to providing the best representation possible within the time frame that we set at the outset of the case. We keep our clients apprised of our progress throughout the case, so that they know that we are always working hard to bring their case to an expeditious and successful resolution.