Finding A Seasoned Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will recognize that there are numerous lawyers in your neighborhood that advertise which they concentrate on your type of case. This may make the entire process of finding one with a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, should you follow the tips below it will be easy to restrict your search to the right one in very little time. The first task is to create a list of the lawyers that happen to be listed in the area specializing in your needs. While you are which makes this list you must only include those which you have a great vibe about based upon their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down through taking a bit of time evaluating their site. There you should certainly find how many years they have been practicing and several general information about their success rates. At this point your list should have shrunken further to the people that you simply felt had professional websites as well as an appropriate level of experience. You need to then take time to check out independent reviews of each attorney. Be sure you read the reviews rather than relying upon their overall rating. The data inside the reviews gives you an idea of the way they connect to the clientele and the length of time they invest into each case they are working on. Finally, you will need to meet up with no less than the past three lawyers which may have the credentials you would like. This will provide you with some time to truly evaluate how interested they are in representing your case. It can be crucial for you to follow many of these steps to actually hire a company that has the best degree of experience to help you the best possible outcome.
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How Do You Report A Lawyer That Commited Fraud?
I'M Involved In A Case Where The Attorney Committed Fraud And I Want To Report Them To The Ca Bar Association. Where And How I Do That?
Confused, filing will be easier than getting much action unless it's an attorney that the BAR doesn't like. There's a brotherhood as is found with doctors, police officers and other highly specialized professions. But here's the skinny for California, There's a link for the complaint form in the source box. The BAR is usually used for unethical behavior. Your first stop may be a meeting with your local district attorney or prosecuting attorney. This is the honcho that will handle the criminal indictments in any particular county. If the target of your wrath IS THE prosecuting attorney, a meeting with your state's Attorney General may be in order as the office of prosecutor is an elected position of the public trust.
You should register a complaint with the State Bar if you believe that your lawyer acted improperly, but not just because there is some disagreement between you, or you believe he or she did a poor job. For such a disagreement, you should pursue alternative methods of settling attorney-client disputes, when available.
All lawyers who practice in California must live up to ethical standards imposed by the California Supreme Court and the state legislature. As an arm of the California Supreme Court, the State Bar investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyers.
Depending on the seriousness of the offense, a lawyer can be given a warning, put on probation, suspended from practicing law for a period of time, or disbarred - prohibited from practicing law in California.
The bar has limited authority to discipline lawyers for such behavior as rudeness or making a single honest mistake. It is limited by law to complaints about unethical behavior as defined in the Rules of Professional Conduct and/or the State Bar Act.
If you believe that your lawyer acted unethically, you should file a complaint. The complaint form should be mailed to the State Bar at the address indicated. Be sure to follow the instructions.
Some things you should know about filing a complaint:
* There is no fee to file a complaint.
* You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to file a complaint.
* When you register a complaint, you should supply photocopies of any papers, such as letters or canceled checks that relate to the problem.
* The State Bar will send you postcard when your complaint form has been received.
* Your complaint will be input into the computer system and a State Bar lawyer will read it to determine how the complaint will proceed. This process can take from two to three weeks.
* Your complaint will then be assigned to a staff member to conduct an investigation.
* You will be informed of the status of the investigation by a State Bar representative.
* At the end of the investigation you will be informed in writing if your complaint will proceed to prosecution in the State Bar Court or if it will be closed.
Alternative methods of settling attorney-client disputes
Attorney Complaint Form
Rules of Professional Conduct
State Bar Act
NOTE: The State Bar's primary jurisdiction is in the regulation of attorneys. However, it is authorized by statute to take limited action against non-attorneys under certain circumstances. If you have information about the possible unlawful practice of law by an unlicensed individual, please call 1-800-843-9053. You should send supporting documents or other information to: The State Bar of California, Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, Intake Unit, 1149 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015-2299, Attn: UPL Project.
Question About Employment Law!?
You Hired Someone To Paint The Outside Your House, Trim Your Bushes And Trees, Plant The Garden, And Stain Your Redwood Deck While You Took An Extended Trip To Florida. While You Were Gone, The Person You Hired Stumbled Over Your Paint And Fell Off The Deck And Broke Their Leg. They Were Unable To Work For 3 Months. They Wanted You To Pay Them Worker'S Compensation For Their Injuries Since They Were Employed By You. If The Guy Correct? Should You Pay For Worker'S Compensation?
worker's compensation does NOT apply under these circumstances,
the injured person was NOT an employee, this is NOT a question about employment law
the painter/handy-person was a contractor working in a home, NOT an employee.
the home owners liability insurance should cover this but it would probably pay very little....
this is why you should only hire contractors who are licensed and insured....
the "guy" is NOT correct, workers compensation would not/does not apply, if the home owners liability insurance did not pay (or had limits) then the "guy" that was injured would have to sue in civil court for lost wages, medical cost, etcetera....
Legal Question I Need To Know Asap!?
I Live In Franklin County But Need Legal Aid For A Case In Licking County. Where Do I Go To Find The Legal Help I Need?
A lawyer's office, honey. That's where they do legal stuff.
How Do Lawyers Charge For Personal Injury Cases?
I Was Hit By An Uninsured Driver And I Only Have Liability Insurance, No Other Coverage. I Want To Sue The Guy For $7000, Which Is The Average Estimate I Got From 3 Shops. $5000 Is The Limit For Small Claims Court So I Have To Do A Civic Suit And Get A Lawyer. Since The Guy Was Uninsured, I Have To Pay Out Of Pocket For The Lawyer.
Do They Charge An Hourly Flat Rate Or Do They Usually Charge A Percentage Of The Amount Sued For? I Want To Know About How Much Something Like This Will Run Me Since It'S All Out Of Pocket For Now.
You can use either a "no win-no fee" lawyer, they however will take a cut of your award. Or you can use a lawyer and pay fees, that will likely cost you about the same when all is said and done. A legal firm will always give you a free initial assessment and part of that is they will outline costs - per hour, for writing letters, going to court etc.
My advice is to contact a few firms local to you and see what they will cost and make a decision based on who you think will do the best job. But as the guy has no insurance then getting anything out of him could be tricky - if you pay out up front for a lawyer then he will want to be paid (naturally) and you will be paying him out of your pocket, the problem is, will the other guy pay you?
I might be inclined to go through the small claims court take $5K have no legal fees and take whatever payment plan you are offered.
Any Article On Legal Aid??
Can You Provide Me With An Article Or Essay On Legal Aid, Or Any Information In The Context? ..... Please I Need It Urgently.
I Need Immediate Legal Help.?
This Is Seriously No Joke. I Live In Valparaiso, Indiana And A Last Night I Got A Text From My Girlfriend Who Is 15 Years Old ( I Am 16 ). She Said That Her Dad Took Her Over To One Of His Friend'S Houses, And They Ended Up Drinking. After My Girlfriend Had Arrived Back At Her House She Called Me And Told Me That She Was Raped By Her Father'S Friend. I Was Reluctant To Believe This Information Because She Was Drunk, So I Hung Up On The Whole &Quot;Call Me Back Tomorrow When You'Re Sober&Quot;. She Texted Me At 5Am Telling Me That Everything She Said Was The Truth ( Her Texts Looking More Like They Usually Do ). She'S Not One To Lie To Me Either, So Now I Completely Believe Her. I Need Some Help On What I Should Do. I Want To Create A Police Case On This & Follow It Through, Putting This Man In Jail. I Know Very Very Little Information So Far, But I Will Know More Tomorrow. I Am Actively Pursuing This, And If You Can Answer The Following I Would Undoubtedly Be Forever Grateful.
1. How Do I Approach This?
2. What Information Should I Get?
3. Do I Take This Case To The Police Department Or The Sheriff?
4. Should I Pursue More Information Before Bringing Them A Case With Little Evidence
5. Are There Any Tests She Can Take ( She Had Just Been Raped ) Proving Someone'S Sexual Assault?
6. Will She Get In Any Trouble For Being Drunk While Being Raped?
7. Can I File Charges Against Her Father For Being Associated With His Friend? ( His Friend Is Whom I Am Concerned About )
8. How Can I Get More Information About What The Rapist Looked Like?
9. Where Can I Find Someone That Will Help Me Find This Man I.E. An Investigator That Will Aid Me?
Thank You So Very Much For All Your Help. It Is Much Appreciated. And If Anyone Knows Someone I Can Call For Help ( I Live In Valparaiso Indiana ) I Will Thank You.
1. how do i approach this?
While it makes sense for a friend to want to reoprt this immediately, make sure this is something that SHE can also handle. By reporting to police could also mean that she would need to testify in court. NOT an easy thing whatsoever for any victim. Get her to go to couseling immediately, go with her if that makes her more comfortable. Whatever you do, make sure she is comfortable with reporting though. Tell her not to wash any of the clothing she had on...particularly the underwear and pants, etc. police will want those for possible evidence. Keep your texts from her stored as well.
2. what information should i get?
His name, discription of what he looks like, if she knows where he works, lives, any person information will help. If there's a chance her dad would help HER, then you two may want to talk to him, and get information from him as well.
3. do i take this case to the police department or the sheriff?
Either or, probably the police though. Again, I highly recommend talking to your friend though, it's her that has to hash out even tiny detail in front of the court, so make sure she has control over the choice to do this.
4. should i pursue more information before bringing them a case with little evidence
I think she should be the one persuing this. You have to keep in mind that if there isn't enough evidence to convict him, he will walk away. If she can get the police any DNA evidence it will help handsdown. Other than that, just where the police can find this a$$hole.
5. are there any tests she can take ( she had just been raped ) proving someone's sexual assault?
Yes, hospital will have a female perform a DNA swap, etc. Police will get her to the right medical facility, etc.
6. will she get in any trouble for being drunk while being raped?
If you are reporting a crime, especially one such as this, no she will not get in trouble. They are not there to investigate an underage drinker, they are there to investigate a sexual assault. The poilce should be able to reassure her of this.
7. can i file charges against her father for being associated with his friend? ( his friend is whom i am concerned about )
Not sure. You may be able to report it, but they won't do much with it unless your friend is coming forward, otherwise they look at it as "hearsay". Again though, it really should be in her control though. As her friend, think of how she feels through this...likely powerless, etc. and there's a good chance she'll need that control to choose whether she reports or not.
8. how can i get more information about what the rapist looked like?
Have you ever spoken to her dad before? How about her mom? She may know as well? You'll have to talk to your friend otherwise.
9. where can i find someone that will help me find this man i.e. an investigator that will aid me?
You can google private investigators in your area. I am currently using one, explain the situation and they will help you for a fee. If it ends up with the police, the detectives on the case are expected to investigate properly...unless your in my town...hence the PI.
Not trying to say don't report it, because I did, but I'm just saying, as her friend, make sure it's her decision because ultimately she's the one that will have to relive every horrid detail in a public courtroom. It's awful to hear about people going through this stuff...you sound like a good friend to help her out though. Good luck.