About Mille Law Office in Columbia, SC


Since 1980 I have had the privilege of delivering sound legal services at a reasonable price to many clients in the state of South Carolina. I provide each of my clients with individual attention & operate my office from the heart of Columbia, SC.

I have experience as an Attorney in real estate (purchases, refinancing, lines of credit, equity lines) domestic relations (divorce, adoption, custody), workers compensation (on the job injuries, personal injury (automobile accidents, medical negligence, etc.) probate law (wills, Power of Attorney, etc.) and Business Law.

I am admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in South Carolina and before the United States Supreme Court.
I pledge that your legal concerns will be handled in a professional and courteous manner.

This website, however, is intended to provide general information regarding the law office of Jean-Marie “John” E. Mille and does not constitute legal advice. Please note that use of this website, does not create an attorney-client relationship, and no information is considered confidential or privileged until such time as written, express agreement of representation is signed by you and me.

I will be happy to discuss any legal matter with you. If I am unable to handle your case, I will refer you to another trusted lawyer or agency.

If you are not comfortable discussing legal matters in English, our Attorneys can help you in French, German and Spanish.

Practice Areas

Real Estate

South Carolina law gives you the right to choose your own lawyer at a residential real estate loan closing. Use this right and select a lawyer you can trust. Take this as an opportunity to establish a meaningful and lasting relationship with a lawyer for your real estate needs and other legal needs.

The purchase of a home or its refinancing is a costly process. You need reliable, professional advice that will give you peace of mind. This means before, during and after the closing. You want to be more than a file number.

Call Mille Law Office and speak to Elizabeth (Betsy) Egan. She will be your initial contact and she will answer all your real estate law questions.

Are you a real estate agent, a lender or a title company manager? When your client asks if you can recommend an affordable, quality lawyer for their closing or document needs, think of John Mille and Betsy Egan. To request and order documents, contracts and title searches, please contact us.

We cover Richland, Lexington, Saluda, Newberry, Kershaw, Fairfield, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties in South Carolina.
Our real estate legal services include: Residential real estate – loan closings, closing document and contract preparation (purchase and sales agreements), title searches, lease agreements.

Small, Medium Size Businesses: Let us assist and advise you with your corporate needs: business formations, contracts, incorporations, by-laws, operating agreements, buy and sell agreements, collection and litigation.

Divorce and Domestic Relations


Troubled waters on the home front? Consult a lawyer you can trust. A long protracted legal matter can often be avoided. We draft comprehensive Agreements that cover all the legal issues between spouses and their dependents. With our help, you, not a judge, resolve your dispute. This means quicker resolution and considerably less expense. If negotiations are not an option, we will help you through the legal process and ensure a fair result.

Personal Injury

You have been seriously injured in a car wreck, truck accident or motorcycle crash resulting in personal injury? You were a driver, a passenger or a pedestrian. Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries and heed your doctor’s advice. We can also make arrangements with qualified medical personnel.

Do not delay consulting a lawyer and avoid statements concerning the accident that could later be used against you. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries under South Carolina law.

We pledge to provide responsive and forceful representation that focuses on helping you and your family. You pay no attorney’s fees until you recover a fair compensation for your personal injury claim. We will submit to you a representation agreement that will set forth all the terms of our mutual contractual obligation.

Medical Negligence: If you have a strong reason to believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, we will get your case evaluated with the assistance of medical experts. Please keep in mind that you have a relatively short time to act on these types of claims. Do not delay.

Workers Compensation

If you are injured at work, or when doing something job related you are entitled by South Carolina law to file a Workers Compensation claim. An accident or injury must be reported within 90 days and your supervisor notified immediately. If you should file a claim it must be filed within two years of the accident or the claim may be banned.

Usually you would not have to pay any retainer fee. Attorney’s fees would be paid at the time your claim was settled out of the settlement amount. If your case were to go to trial additional costs which may be included and required upfront payment would be court reporter’s fees, photocopying fees, expert witnesses, investigation, and costs of legal research.

Once it is determined that you, the employee, have been injured on the job, some of the benefits you are entitled to are the following:

  • Payment of medical expenses and prescription reimbursement
  • Payment of two-thirds of average weekly wages
  • Compensation for the extent of your disability or disfigurement
  • A money award for permanent injury
  • Penalties if your employer, the carrier, does not follow certain rules

It is important to be represented by an attorney who knows Workers Compensation Law. Jean-Marie “John” E. Mille, an attorney with over 30 years experience, has the requisite knowledge.

Wills, Living Wills, Health Power Of Attorney, Durable Power Of Attorney

Do not delay protecting your family estate and financial assets. Have a Will. Think ahead. There may be a time when you no longer can make decisions for yourself. Have a durable power of attorney, a living will and a health power of attorney.


Jean-Marie “John” E. Mille

Attorney Jean-Marie

In the 1970’s I traveled from France to South Carolina to teach at Porter Gaud School and at the College of Charleston. In France, I had earned a Licence-es-Lettres (roughly the equivalent of an M.A.) from the University of Nancy. I also served as a lieutenant in the French military. I married a South Carolinian and decided to make South Carolina my home in the fall of 1974.

In 1975, I began attending the University of South Carolina where I completed the course work in the M.A. program in Political Science/International Studies and graduated from law school in May 1979. While in law school, I clerked for the South Carolina Attorney General in various divisions. I became a member of the South Carolina Bar in November 1979.

I am also admitted and qualified as an attorney in the United States District Court for the district of South Carolina and in the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

I was employed as an associate with the law firm of Monteith, Monteith and Gottlieb from 1979 until 1982.

From 1982 through 1984 I was employed as legal counsel with the SC Department of Consumer Affairs.

In 1985, I went into private practice.

Languages: English, French, German and Spanish
President: Alliance Française de Columbia

Elizabeth (Betsy) Haltiwanger Egan

M.Ed. 1977 University of South Carolina in Counseling.

B.A. Elementary Education 1974 University of South Carolina.

Prior to working at Mille Law Office I taught school in Charleston County, Lee County and Richland County as an elementary and middle school teacher.

For the past 10 years I have worked with Jean-Marie “John” E. Mille as his real estate paralegal and legal assistant in all other areas of his practice.

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