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VIRTUAL PRACTICE

Virtual practice is the regular practice of law conducted through the Internet. It means providing professional legal service to clients located far from Metro New York (and mostly overseas). In our virtual practice, we use the Internet: e-mail and audio/video conferencing together with the less exotic telephone, fax, scanner, etc. With advances in modern technology, we are less concerned about confidentiality of information (at least, on our side) - although a one-on-one conversation behind closed doors, when possible, still remains our first choice.
 
Over the years, our immigration and intellectual property attorneys found that this virtual type of work is convenient for everyone but it took some time to convince our clients that it was safe and efficient.
 
Valery Milgrom was one of the first Russian-American attorneys to start a website, in 1997. The number of visitors was impressive, but it did not result in a sufficient number of real clients: people wanted to continue visiting a brick-and-mortar law office.
 
It was then that Valery Milgrom decided to make high-achievers from other fields of human endeavor – who were also immigrants - the cornerstone of his practice. Talented scientists, artists, inventors, businessmen, writers, athletes, and other professionally successful people, with the wider outlook such people possess, became clients. Their grounds for decision were clear: they were less intimidated by new circumstances because they were more prone upon their research to take calculated risks. In 1997, therefore, two people from the former USSR became Milgrom's first virtual clients.
 
Over the years we’ve added a few dozen others, thanks to the Internet and referrals from satisfied clients. Some examples:
 
1. A favorite of millions Soviet viewers, V. was one of our first EB-1 clients. We quickly demonstrated her popularity and extraordinary professional achievements to the US Immigration Service to convince them that she was qualified for the EB-1 category.
 
2. Dr. N, a PhD in the area of construction, had several patents from the former USSR. Unfortunately, quite a few years passed until Dr. N was able to consult us. During that time he was unable to continue his scientific research. Although this was a serious obstacle, we persuaded the Immigration Service of its high potential significance for the American economy. Dr. N. was successfully qualified into the ЕВ-2 category with a waiver of certain labor certification requirements because such qualification was in our national interest.
 
3. A national champion in her country and a frequently successful participant in international competitions (including 6th place in one European championship contest), T. was qualified into the EB-1 immigration category when we showed the Immigration Service evidence of her extraordinary abilities.

 
The bulk of our virtual immigration clients consists of similarly talented people who we believe should qualify for the EB-1/EB-2 categories; although we also work on a variety of immigration and non-immigration cases we are proud of them all.
 
After many years of virtual practice experience we have formulated a number of rules for successful attorney/virtual client relationships. Here some of them:
 
First - as in real practice, we always begin a new case with an exploratory consultation, for which there is a fee. This is a test of sorts: we need to see how serious our potential client is. If the prospective client tells us that consultation is not needed, there will be no attorney-client relationship. It’s that simple. We'd rather pass on clients who believe themselves capable of teaching us how to do our job. But if we learn due to that consultation that we can be of assistance and decide to take the case on, the fee for the consultation will be applied to the fee for the case.
 
Second - we almost never work for a contingency fee. The only - and very rare - exception might occur at the commercialization of invention stage; we must deem the invention to have extremely high commercial potential and the inventor of course would have to consent to terms of participation in commercialization revenue. Of course, these are negotiated.
 
Third - the client must advance all costs of the case, and pay legal fees up front in accordance with our retainer agreement. Under US law, attorneys are required to keep client's money, including unearned fees, in a separate trust account (“in escrow”) and are not permitted to commingle the funds. Attorneys regularly keep large sums of money under rigid supervision in this manner.
 
Fourth - under American law, all communications between attorney and client are confidential and are privileged; even in court they cannot be divulged unless the client consents. The law therefore guarantees that a client’s secrets will remain secret. Accordingly, we do not sign NDA’s (Non-Disclosure Agreements). If a potential client then continues to insist that we sign an NDA, we will decline representation. The attorney-client relationship is built on trust – of each other and of the law.
 
Fifth - The result of a case can never be guaranteed in advance. A guarantee is a legal term and we take it quite seriously. Our work is subject to the American courts, the United States Patent and Trademark office, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the U.S. Copyright Office, and other governmental offices; we must work to persuade and convince them that we are correct in the positions we take, but cannot issue a guaranty that we will prevail because that is simply not within our power. All we can do is give you our best efforts when we try to succeed on your behalf.
 
That's it. If you understand and agree to follow these rules and are interested in working with us, kindly fill in the "Request a Consultation" form. Please do not pay for your consultation until you receive an e-mail from our Administrator!
 
Thank you for visiting our site. We wish you the best of everything and hope to be of service to you.

 
Milgrom & Associates

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