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WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES YOUR FIRM HAVE?

We have represented individuals and companies in lawsuits throughout the mid-south for over thirty years. Attorneys with our firm have tried thousands of cases in state and federal courts in Mississippi and Tennessee. The firm maintains the highest legal ability rating with the Martindale-Hubbell law directory. If you would like more information about the attorneys with our firm, please visit the Attorney Profiles section of our website or visit Martindale Hubble.

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WHAT TYPE OF LAW DOES YOUR FIRM SPECIALIZE IN?

Our firm maintains a diverse litigation and trial practice primarily in the state and federal courts of Mississippi and Tennessee. The firm handles cases involving personal injury, products liability, insurance disputes, bad faith, premises liability, auto/truck accidents, commercial/business litigation and criminal defense. If you would like more information about the law practice of the Taylor Jones Taylor, please visit the Attorney Profiles, Practice Areas, and Reported Cases sections of our website.

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HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME FOR YOUR FIRM TO INVESTIGATE MY CLAIM AND REPRESENT ME?

You do not have to pay our firm to investigate your potential claim. If you decide to hire the firm, depending on the case, we will work for you on a contractual basis. If you have a personal injury case, such as a products liability, premises liability, medical malpractice or an accident involving automobile, truck or motorcycle, we will work for you on a contingency fee basis. This means the firm does not get paid for its time and work by you unless we settle your case or you collect a judgment. Also, if you lose your case and you receive nothing, you will not owe us for the time and work expended by us for your lawsuit. When we take your case, we stand the risk of not only recovering nothing, but losing money. On the other hand, if you receive money from a settlement or a judgment, we will receive a percentage of the settlement or judgment. The collection of fees by our firm is contingent upon you receiving a settlement or judgment. When handling domestic and business litigation, the firm usually receives a retainer from the client and then charges an hourly rate with fees and expenses being paid by the client on a monthly basis. There is no consultation for criminal cases. Attorney fees are based on a case by case basis.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A CASE?

Most people will know when they feel that they have been wronged and suffered an injustice. You may not know for sure until you consult a competent attorney.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CASE?

Contact your attorney as soon as possible. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone who might be a witness. Take videos and photographs of the scene and all relevant evidence. Do not talk to any insurance adjusters without first consulting your attorney. Keep a detailed written account of everything that happens or is said.

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WHEN DO I NEED TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY ABOUT A POTENTIAL PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

As soon as possible after the injury. It is vitally important to preserve all evidence; to contact all potential witnesses; take video and photographs of the scene; and document carefully the injuries and damages.

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HOW MUCH IS MY CASE WORTH?

Unfortunately, there is not a satisfying answer to this question. It is almost impossible to predict the value of any case, especially a trial verdict and our attorneys would never guarantee any certain results. However, we can give you a general idea of the value of your case based on our previous experience in handling similar cases.

The value of your claim is more difficult to predict in the event of a trial. Typically the case value will be determined by a jury, based on the evidence presented at trial. Each juror will have their opinion on the value of your claim and that is the reason the value range could vary widely.

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WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

Ultimately it will be your choice whether or not your case goes through the litigation process. If there is not a settlement offer, and your attorney is confident that another party is responsible for your damages, then our attorneys obviously will want to file suit and pursue your claim.

There also could be a settlement offered by the defendants or their insurance company. You will need to discuss the many factors of your case to decide whether to settle or not. While majority of cases settle before trial, there is no way to predict whether your case will be settled or have to go to trial.

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HOW LONG WILL MY CASE TAKE?

The length of your case will depend on a wide variety of factors. What our office can promise you is that we will work consistently and efficiently to assure you that we are moving your case as quickly as possible to a conclusion.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET A CALL THAT A RELATIVE OR FRIEND HAS BEEN ARRESTED?

First, if a friend or relative calls stating that they have been arrested, get as much information from them as possible. Remember that if they are calling from the jail or police department the phone call may be monitored, so do not ask them to explain what happened all we need to know is:

Their Name
Date of birth
Social security number
Nature of the charges
Name of the law enforcement agency that made the arrest
Where they are being held
Information about bail (Has it been set? Amount?)

Tell the person NOT to make a statement until you hire a lawyer for them. Second, Call us and make an appointment to come in and meet with our criminal defense attorney. He can help you decide what your options are.

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DO I HAVE A RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY?

Yes, you have a right to an attorney “at every critical stage of the proceeding against [you] where a substantial right may be affected,” which means if you face imprisonment for any length of time.

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DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?

You have a right to a lawyer, but you do not have to have one. You can represent yourself, but you should not face criminal charges without an attorney. Our experience is that people representing themselves in court wind up the legal equivalent of roadkill.

If you are accused of a crime you have to take advantage of your right to counsel. A lawyer can be the difference in a life of freedom or a life of incarceration.

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IF I NEED SOMEONE TO REVIEW MY POTENTIAL LAWSUIT, HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?

We would be more than happy for you to contact us and discuss your potential lawsuit. Once we have had the opportunity to review your potential lawsuit and discuss it with the partners of the firm, we will contact you. You can either fill out our pre-qualification form and e-mail it to us or contact us at (662) 342-1300 or Toll Free 1-866-393-8527.

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