Common Inquiries

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a consultation cost with an attorney?

Miles, Sears & Eanni offers free consultations with potential clients.  Please call and speak with one of our team members to determine if your case is something that Miles, Sears & Eanni can handle.

All of our cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that the attorneys’ fees and costs from the case come out of any settlement or money received at the end of the case. The clients pay nothing upfront and will never be asked to advance fees for experts or other litigation costs.

For the majority of personal injury cases, our fee is 33 ⅓%. For minors, the fee is 25% if the case doesn’t go to trial, and 33 ⅓% if the case goes to trial. In medical malpractice cases, the fee is set by statute.

We incur many costs: filing fees, fees for record retrieval, expert costs, and other litigation costs. The costs will be taken out of any settlement or verdict received. Unlike many firms, we take the costs out of the gross amount before taking our attorney’s fees which results in us paying for one-third of our clients’ costs.

No. We pay referral fees to the referring attorney out of our fee. The client’s recovery stays the same.

It depends on the facts of the case, the injuries, how far someone is in treatment, and many other factors. Typically, cases take around two years; however, some can take longer if they are complicated and there are numerous parties involved.

We recommend hiring an attorney as soon as possible. Some cases have very short windows to file a claim or lawsuit and it is better to speak to an attorney before those deadlines have passed.

No. Other firms have a paralegal or legal assistant serve as a case manager instead of an attorney. At Miles, Sears & Eanni, your attorney is the one most familiar with your case.

Yes. Your Miles, Sears & Eanni attorney will be the person handling the day-to-day operation of your case and is available via phone and email. Our attorneys take pride in promptly returning client calls and keeping the clients informed about what is occurring in their cases

The majority of civil cases do not go to trial. Many are resolved through settlement discussions either informally or through a process called mediation where an experienced neutral lawyer or judge helps the parties resolve the case. Even though the majority of the cases get resolved, Miles, Sears & Eanni still prepares for all cases as if they are going to trial to ensure that the case is ready and well thought out.

Unfortunately, we cannot talk to you while you are represented by another attorney. However, we do occasionally take over cases where a client has been previously represented.

Once a lawsuit is filed and the defendant(s) has/have appeared, a process called “discovery” happens where the parties exchange information and have a chance to develop evidence. Some of this is done in writing and others are done through oral testimony called “depositions.” Usually, as the case approaches trial, the parties will engage in settlement discussions at mediation or settlement conferences at the court.

No, our attorneys handle cases throughout the state of California.

Unfortunately, no. We only take cases on the plaintiff’s side. We recommend contacting your car insurance for help.

You will not have to pay any attorney’s fees to our firm if we do not win the case; however, you are still responsible for the costs advanced or incurred in the lawsuit if you can afford to pay.

We are standing by to discuss your case with you.

Contact Us