General Questions

How do I know if I need an attorney?

If you or a member of your family experiences an injury, have questions about how an oil and gas company is paying your royalty, or if you have questions about your rights under the law, you may benefit from speaking to an attorney.  An experienced attorney has the knowledge necessary to determine whether you have a claim that you should pursue, or rights that need protected.  Legal representation ensures your case will be thoroughly investigated and properly evaluated for your benefit.  After proper evaluation of your potential claims, an attorney can negotiate on your behalf from a position of knowledge and strength, and ensure you receive fair compensation, preventing insurance companies from being taken advantage of you. With an able attorney in your corner, the opposing party will know that your claim is serious and that if an appropriate settlement is not reached, your attorney will take further action, including filing a lawsuit.  If you are not sure, it is better to err on the side of caution by talking to an attorney before giving up or releasing your rights or claims. We would be happy to provide a cost-free consultation if you have any questions.

How much is my case worth?

A major reason to consult with an attorney is to ensure that your case is properly evaluated and that your interests are protected.  You should understand that an opposing party will not properly evaluate your claim or protect your legal interests. Often they will do just the opposite, trying to minimize their liability by downplaying the value of your case. Our Firm’s experience in trial litigation affords us the ability to more accurately assess the value of your claims. If you think you have a claim you should contact an attorney before settling it.

Will my case go to trial?

The attorneys of Murdock Law Firm, PC prepare as if every case will go to trial; however, whether or not a case goes to trial or settles is unique to the facts of each case.  The question should not be whether the case will settle, but rather, does the proposed settlement adequately compensate you for your true damages.  You should understand that we approach every case as if it will go to trial if the other side does not want to fairly compensate you for your damages given the relative litigation risks.  If trial is necessary, our results speak for themselves as we dedicate ourselves to your case.

Do you charge an initial fee for consultation?

We generally do not charge an initial consultation fee. If we accept the case, a written fee agreement will be prepared for your review.  The fee agreement describes the attorney fees and expenses in detail. 

Can you represent people who do not live in Wyoming?

Yes.  Usually, if cases are filed in other states, a local attorney from that state works with the Murdock Law Firm, PC, if the Court authorizes us to represent clients for that particular purpose.  The attorney fees to be paid to the local attorney are included as part of the fee agreement, so clients do not pay additional fees for the local attorney’s services.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.