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Meet The Attorneys At Miller Law Offices, PLLC

At the Miller Law Offices, our motto is small town values, big time service. What exactly does that mean? While we have 60 years of combined knowledge and experience behind our legal team, we are ever-present in Central West Virginia to assist with many of your legal needs.

We are a full-service law firm representing individuals, families, and businesses with sound and compassionate legal advice. We pride ourselves on the personal care and attention we give every case. The attention that only a small firm like ours can offer.

Our team of lawyers in Fairmont, WV, work hard to resolve your legal issues, including using our substantial litigation experience to fight for your rights. Specializing in oil and gas law in Fairmont, WV, we are well-versed in real estate, personal injury, probate, wills, and litigation.

Meet Our Attorneys
Kenneth R. Miller – Mr. Miller has been practicing law in West Virginia for over forty years and is a founding partner of Miller Law Offices. He is a seasoned litigator with an abundance of jury trial experience, having tried over one hundred cases during his career.  Attorney Miller represents clients on a wide range of legal matters including personal injury, wrongful death, property dispute, real estate, insurance, products liability, medical malpractice, and business.

Kenneth Alexander “Alex” Miller II – Mr. Alex Miller is a founding partner of Miller Law Offices. Upon completion of law school Alex joined a local law firm where he concentrated his efforts in the area of oil and gas law and gained extensive experience in that field. To this day he continues to work with his oil and gas clients.

Blaire Nuzum-Wise – Ms. Nuzum-Wise joined the Miller Law Offices in 2015. Upon graduating from West Virginia University of Law, she started her legal career by clerking for the Honorable David R. Janes in Marion County. She then joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney where she specialized in juvenile matters. Attorney Nuzum-Wise specializes in the fields of oil and gas and real estate at the Miller Law Offices, in addition to criminal law, juvenile law, and education.

Whether you are a business looking for representation, or an individual in search of a personal injury attorney in Fairmont, WV, our firm will be there for you when you need it most.

Top Reasons You Need An Estate Planning Attorney

While not always an easy topic to discuss, estate planning is important for a number of reasons. Because while many think of it as something you need to do before you die, it’s also essential for you and your assets in the event you become incapacitated or can’t make decisions for yourself.

Estate planning isn’t only for the wealthy. Without a plan in place, there could be long-lasting effects on your loved ones, even if you don’t have a pricey home, large IRA, or valuable collectibles to pass on.

Below are a few of the most important reasons for estate planning.
Decide Who Receives Your Assets at Death
Without an estate plan, the state will determine what happens to your possessions and money. When you have an estate plan in place, you know that your loved ones are getting what you intended.

Name Your Executor
With a will, you can specify who you would like to serve as your representative to handle your probate estate. This person has a number of responsibilities, from paying your debts and expenses, to deciding how specific items will be allocated among your beneficiaries.

Tax Protection
Transfer your assets to heirs while reducing much or even all of the federal and state estate taxes or state inheritance taxes, which can be very pricey.

Select a Power of Attorney/Conservatorship
Should you become mentally or physically incapacitated due to an accident or illness, your appointed power of attorney can make important decisions for you.

Name Guardians To Care For Minor Children
Should you die without a surviving spouse or having named a legal guardian to care for your minor children, the Probate Court will assign a guardian/conservator of their choosing.

Miller Law Offices can offer you the assistance you need with all aspects of estate planning. Call an estate planning attorney in Marion County, WV, who can provide you with knowledgeable and compassionate estate planning advice.

When is the Right Time to Contact a Lawyer After an Auto Accident?

No one plans on being involved in an automobile accident, so when one does happen, it can be a frightening situation, especially if you or your passenger(s) are injured. While most vehicle accidents involve only property damage – damage to the vehicle, as opposed to the occupants – one in three accidents do involve personal injury.

So what do you do if you‘re injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence? It can be difficult to know for sure if it’s appropriate to contact a personal injury lawyer in Marion County, WV, regarding your situation.  While significant car wrecks that are life-altering will undoubtedly require the aide of an attorney, smaller wrecks make it hard to know if it’s best to handle the insurance and accident claims on your own or with the help of an attorney.

The truth is it’s never too early to speak with an attorney after a car wreck. If the accident involved any severe injury that required a trip to a doctor, you should consult with an attorney immediately. The attorneys at the Miller Law Offices know the ins and outs of car accident cases and can help you navigate the legal process during this difficult time.

The Important Role of a Real Estate Attorney

For most people, buying or selling a house is the largest financial transaction you’ll make in your lifetime. For this very reason, it’s essential to have an experienced real estate attorney in Fairmont, WV, representing your best interests. From the day you put up the for sale sign, or you make an initial offer on a property, a lot of important financial and legal decisions must be made.

From the contract to purchase to the real estate closing, a trusted attorney from the Miller Law Offices can assist you in several aspects of the home buying and selling process, including property transfers and transactions, deed transfers, property disputes, and property easements.

There are many organizations involved at various stages of a real estate transaction or dispute. With so many people involved in the process, it’s easy to make a small error or omission, which could potentially cost you time, money, and even your property. For this reason, it’s important to have a trusted real estate attorney representing you.

As a real estate law firm, our experienced team of lawyers will ensure the purchase or sale transfer of your home is legal, binding, and in your best interest. Contact a real estate attorney you can trust by calling the Miller Law Offices at (304) 366-0822.

When You Should Hire a Probate Attorney

Many families and estate executors turn to a lawyer to handle any probate (the court process by which estates get settled) when issues arise during the sometimes lengthy and complicated process of settling an estate.

While some people do try to handle the legal matters of an estate themselves, there are a number of circumstances when it would be best to have a probate attorney in Fairmount, WV, by your side. No state requires an estate executor to use a lawyer to probate an estate, but probate can be complicated, and you can be personally liable if you do something wrong.

To determine whether or not you should hire a probate attorney, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can the deceased person’s assets be transferred outside of probate?
  • Does the estate qualify for your state’s simple “small estate” procedures?
  • Are family members getting along?
  • Does the estate contain only common assets, like a house, bank or brokerage accounts, vehicles, and household goods?
  • Does the estate contain a business or other complicated assets?
  • Will the estate owe either state or federal estate tax?
  • Is there enough money in the estate to pay debts?

You may prefer to hire a probate attorney to handle all of your estate dealings, while others may choose to have a probate attorney to consult with, get advice from, or to review documents you have prepared. If you’re unsure about the probate process, it’s best to hire the experienced team of associates at the Miller Law Offices. Call us today at 304-366-0822 for a free consultation.

Hiring An Experienced Oil and Gas Law Firm

If you’re looking for an experienced oil and gas attorney in West Virginia, the Miller Law Offices have the vast knowledge and experience you want representing you. Oil and gas law is a complex area of law that governs oil and gas production and requires a firm of associates with detailed knowledge of the state and federal rules that govern harvesting oil and gas to oversee your oil and gas interests.

The Miller Law Offices represent individuals and entities who are involved in all aspects of oil and gas production, drilling, and disputes that require litigation. We’re prepared to assist oil and gas operators, royalty owners, working interest owners, lessees, and lessors in legal matters as well as litigation related to the petroleum industry.

We understand oil and gas law is critical to helping oil and gas companies do business, and we’re here to help navigate the process and ensure fair and beneficial terms on your behalf. Our lawyers in Fairmont, WV, are ready to assist you with the following legal matters in the oil and gas industry:

  • Leasing or selling your minerals
  • Oil and gas title examinations
  • Oil and gas easements
  • Oil and gas disputes

To schedule a legal consultation to discuss your oil and gas needs, contact our offices at 304-366-0822 today.

Types of Damages In A Personal Injury Case

If you’re injured in an accident, you could be left with massive medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that shouldn’t be your responsibility. As a result, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit. You, the plaintiff, can hold the negligent person or business accountable and get the compensation you deserve and need.

You may be wondering how much your personal injury case is worth.  The value of your case depends on a few key factors: the circumstances of your accident, the severity of your injuries, and limits on insurance coverage, among other things.

There are several different types of damages you could receive in a personal injury lawsuit, some of which are tied to specific costs incurred in the aftermath of an injury, and others which are more subjective. Below is a list of some of the compensation for damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Medical Bills – Many of those involved in a personal injury accident need to seek medical care for their injuries, which can include tests, treatment, hospital stays, and outpatient care to address immediate injuries.

Lost Wages – You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages in the event you needed to miss work following your injury, for doctors appointments as a result of your injury, or you can no longer work at all.

Pain and Suffering – This compensation is calculated and awarded based on the level of the pain and suffering you’ve endured.

Emotional Distress – This type of compensation is related to an injured person’s mental and emotional state following an accident.

If you or a loved one were injured, you don’t have to fight this legal battle alone. At Miller Law Offices, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 304-366-0822 and speak with one of our lawyers in Fairmont, WV, about your personal injury case.

What Is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law allows an injured plaintiff to receive compensation when someone else’s negligent or intentional act causes them harm. When someone else is responsible for your injury, a personal injury attorney in Fairmont, WV, will seek to resolve your case through a formal lawsuit or an informal settlement. The most common types of personal injury cases result from:

Assault/Battery
Birth Injuries
Car Accident
Dog Bite
Medical Malpractice
Product Liability
Slip and Fall Cases
Work Related Injuries

The purpose of a personal injury claim is to compensate those who have been injured or harmed by the carelessness or negligence of others. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Monetary compensation can be for physical or emotional injuries or damages such as lost wages or loss of companionship. Through litigation, you can collect reimbursements for medical bills as well as for mental anguish, psychological trauma, pain and suffering, and long-term trauma.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury case, the automobile accident and product liability lawyers at Miller Law Offices, PLLC have vast experience when it comes to litigating in these areas, as well as many of the other most common personal injury claims. We have the experience and knowledge to bring your issues to a successful resolution. If you have recently been injured due to another party’s negligence, give us a call at 304-366-0822.

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Helping those in need…

Miller Law Offices PLLC is experienced in what anyone needs in terms of legal counsel. Ken Miller and his son Alex Miller officially went into business together on Oct. 6, 2011. Their law firm is located at 201 Merchant St. in Fairmont, which is right behind Dry Cleaning World in the same building. Although their business is new, they have each been practicing law in the area for a while. Ken has been working in the profession for nearly 40 years and Alex for about seven years.

Ken, who has lived in Fairmont his whole life, is a graduate of East Fairmont High School and Fairmont State, where he was a biology major. He went on to earn a master’s degree in zoology from West Virginia University and then decided he wanted to go to law school.

He started his education at the WVU College of Law, but was called out of school to serve in the U.S. Army for two years. While in the Army, Ken participated in malaria research at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and then returned to law school and graduated in 1972.

During law school, he worked for the local law firm of Furbee, Amos, Webb and Critchfield, and after graduating, remained there for nearly 30 years. He next joined Higinbotham & Higinbotham in Fairmont, where he provided his services for 10 years.

Ken said he has had some great mentors and colleagues over the years.

“I enjoy the practice of law very much,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to practice with some great individuals.”

Alex, who grew up in Fairmont but now resides in Morgantown, attended Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State. He graduated from the WVU College of Law in May 2004 and was sworn into the state bar in October that year.

He worked as a summer intern for Higinbotham & Higinbotham while in law school, and was employed with Gary Morris of Weston for a couple years. Then he returned to Pete Higginbotham’s office at the beginning of 2008.

“We had looked foward to opening our own office,” Ken said of himself and his son.

“We both thought it would be fun to go out and try to start our own business,” Alex added.

He said they enjoyed working together at Higginbotham’s office, and wanted to try being their own bosses and tackling a new challenge. Ken and Alex are still good friends with Pete.

Now, the father-and-son team is in a two-person office, which is quite a contrast because they have to also take care of all the business aspects of the operations instead of having employees do that work. That has been interesting, challenging and exciting and has taught them to use a different approach, Ken said.

“That’s part of the learning process,” he said.

Ken’s wife, Jude Miller, is the volunteer secretary at Miller Law Offices. Jude, originally from Pittsburgh, and Ken met at WVU and moved to Fairmont in 1972 after he finished law school. Jude worked in the public schools for about 35 years, serving as a French and Spanish teacher and then as a school counselor. She just retired this summer.

The law firm is open to handling insurance claims and disputes, automobile accidents, personal injury cases, property damage claims, boundary line disputes, condemnation, products liability, estate litigation, adoptions, wills and deeds, power of attorney, and other cases.

“I like to help people that need help,” Alex said. “I like to represent those that are less fortunate than many of us and give them a voice when otherwise they would have none. That’s the most rewarding part of the job.”

Alex is very active in the area of oil and gas and has experience doing a lot of work related to property matters, documents, contracts and leases in the industry. He said he was introduced to this subject matter when he worked in Weston.

“It’s a very specialized type of practice, and ever since then I’ve focused a great deal of my practice on oil and gas work,” Alex said.

While the team is certainly equipped to do criminal work and family law, Ken and Alex are not searching for or focusing on those kinds of legal issues at the present time.

“What I like most about practicing law is really providing some assistance to people who are involved in situations where they need some guidance and skill and experience that as a practitioner of the law I can provide to them,” Ken said. “It’s very rewarding.”

Not every case turns out absolutely favorable, but many times a compromise can at least be reached. He said clients who come to them with legal issues often have anxiety and stress that come with the problem, but in other cases, they’re dealing with a happy situation like an adoption or plans to purchase a piece of real estate.

“In most cases, we’re providing a service that we hope will be reliable and dependable based on a high quality of service and a good chance of a successful result, whatever it might be,” Ken said.

Alex said business is going well so far, and they’ve been lucky to have a nice client base to build from. Plus, they are starting to get some new business from people who are hearing about their services.

“We have work to do and we look forward to serving the community for many years to come,” Ken said.

Miller Law Offices PLLC is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. For more information, call 304-366-0822.

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Sun Nov 13, 2011, 05:00 AM EST
Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com