I recommend Justin Ziegler. His website is http://accident.justinziegler.net and telephone number is (305) 403-0966. Toll Free (800) 955-5085. I know he represents injured accident vicitms in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and throughout Florida. I went to Law School with Justin and I think he is a very highly qualified Miami Personal Injury Lawyer, and moreover Florida Injury Lawyer. I highly recommend him as a Accident Attorney; he represents injured accident victims of car crashes and wrecks, in addition to all types of personal injury claims. He has helped his clients get large sums of money and significant personal injury settlements.
I represent car/auto insurance companies in Miami, Florida and landowners in South Florida who are being sued by victims of personal injury. Justin does not charge fees unless he recovers money for you. His consultations are free.
That is a lot of questions. Briefly, lawyers get paid several ways, hourly, flat fee, contingency, or a combination of both. Some work is more typically done on a certain fee basis. For example, personal injury is usually done on contingency for 1/3 of the recovery, no recovery lawyer gets paid nothing. Flat fee could be numerous things that happen on a routine basis and the client is charged a set price no matter how many hours a lawyer puts in, clients tend to like flat fee so that costs don't get out of hand, and they can price shop lawyers. Examples for flat fees would be simple divorces, simple bankruptcies, immigration cases, simple criminal matters, and real estate closings. Hourly cases are usually more non-routine legal work, where it is difficult to tell how much time it will take to finish the job. Most litigation is done on an hourly basis, complicated business bankruptcies, divorces where the parties are fighting over issues like assets and custody, felony criminal matters where clients have money and are facing serious prison time.
As far as court lawyers ask the bulk of questions to the witnesses, judges can instruct witnesses, like tell them to answer a question or they will be held in contempt.
It is a grind and expensive to become a lawyer in terms of educational and test requirements. However, it is easy to get into a law school and more law schools open all the time. It used to be hard to get into a law school, but now there a lot of crappy diploma mill law schools that will take almost anyone if they will pay the tuition. Law Schools make a ton of money, a lot more than med schools or dental schools, and have much larger class sizes. Jobs are scarce and pay is low for most lawyers, $35,000-$50,000 is not uncommon for job listings, even for experienced lawyers, check Craigslist, and you will have 100 attorneys apply for that one job. I went to a top 15 law school and I had classmates selling shoes and working as waiters months after law school graduation, while looking for a legal job. I never saw those stories in the glossy law school admission catalogues. Law Schools lie, and shade the truth, and in addition they do not teach you what you need to know to be a real lawyer, they teach book law or theory, so if you can't find a job and open your own practice, you operate through trial and error, try to find mentors, and hope you do not commit serious malpractice, it sucks but you do what you gotta do.
It is funny people say Oh, I want to be this or that type of lawyer, but for most people you take what you can get and are glad to have a job.
The lawyers that make the big money are around 5% of lawyers doing mostly corporate work for clients like IBM, Coke, Exxon, etc., or a small percentage of personal injury lawyers, or lawyers that opened up their own firm and got lucky.
Basically, law is a very bad career for most people, way too many lawyers, too many law schools, high tuition, limiting opportunities and salaries. If you go to law school you will most likely end up fighting hard against a stack of resumes for a $35,000-$50,000 a year job, no job, temp jobs, stagnant wages and/or dead-end jobs. Law school is turning into a scam and a deception that leaves most people in debt, with bad job prospects, and it is getting worse every year as more law schools open to greedily take tuition money, it should be criminal. I just try to get this info out to as many people as I can, and then they can at least make an informed decision.
GO medical pharmacy(less school than lawyer, shortage, and they make 100K to push pills), doctor, dentist, nurse, that is where the jobs are and will be and it is high pay that grows. Don't go to law school, it is a casino/gamble that you will most likely lose, unless you get into Harvard or your family owns a law firm.