4 Strategies To Help Your Lawyer Help You When you want a lawyer at all, you have to work closely using them in order to win your case. No matter how competent they may be, they're gonna need your help. Here are four important ways to help your legal team enable you to win: 1. Be Totally Honest And Up Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - no matter what information you're gonna reveal in their mind. Privilege means anything you say is held in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team must know everything in advance - especially information other side could find out about and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep a regular and factual account of all information pertaining to your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the current data they have to help them win. 3. Turn Up Early For All Those Engagements Never be late when you're appearing before a court and avoid wasting the attorney's time, too, by being punctually, each and every time. The truth is, because you may want to discuss eleventh hour details or perhaps be extra ready for the way it is you're facing, it's a smart idea to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate That You Have Your Act Together If you've been charged with any sort of crime, it's important so as to prove to the court that you just both regret the actions and so are making strides toward improving your life. For instance, if you're facing driving under the influence, volunteer for the rehab program. Be sincere and associated with the cities the judge is presiding over. Working more closely along with your legal team increases your odds of absolute success. Try this advice, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you need to win your case.
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How Do I Start A Divorce In Texas & Can Legal Aid Help.?
I Am A Full Time Student And Have No Income But Am Looking For A Job, We Have Two Kids, Been Married Over 10 Years And Own Our Home. I Have No Idea How To Start This And How I Am Going To Make It. I Can Not Stay In This Situation As He Is Verbally And Emotionally Abusive To The Kids And I Worry It Will Turn Physical.I Do Not Want To Leave And Uproot The Kids But How Do I Get Him To Leave? And How Will I Be Able To Afford An Attorney And Divorce Proceeding? Are There Any Legal Aid Options Out There?
there is legal aid in Texas. You have to qualify... since there are maybe 5 lawyers for 500 applicants, you understand that they only accept certain criteria. I can't answer for all of them, but Legal Aid of North Texas used to have some workshops ie once a month in different towns. It isn't representing you, but you could increase your knowledge.
What Is The Best Job For A Young Woman That Is An Attorney?
I Am Half Way Finished With Law School. I Am An Older Student (I'M 30) And Recently Married. I Am Very Excited To Start A Family Sooner Than Later. I Was Wondering If Anyone Knew Of Someone Or Is Someone With The Same Type Of Situation As Mine And Had Any Suggestions As To The Best Line Of Work In Law For A Woman In My Position. I Am Currently Working For A Private Personal Injury Firm. Would It Be Best To Work In Government? In Environmental Law?
If possible, change your major - ASAP. (Private personal injury firms just want the best of the best- your competition will be FIERCE. Competition for government jobs is even worse than that.)
There are more attorneys than there are legal employment positions. We simply already have way too many Legal Professionals. AND the legal profession is dramatically changing: it is in absolute CRISIS! Job searching in this vocational field has changed >>DRAMATICALLY<< in the last five years. And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years.....
Be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are STILL in a World-wide Recession. Obviously, economic conditions affect the number of jobs available. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<< Even in a Recovery, there are some jobs that just won't return - the field of Law won't make a comeback. Too many things have changed in this vocational field.
Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons: We now have computers. So, many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet and legal books. Also, there are a lot of companies out there making very efficient legal software for the field of Law. Today's graduating lawyers tend to be very computer savvy, so they just do the work themselves to save themselves the cost of overhead - they aren't hiring legal staff. Also, the "Public" buys this legal software/law books in order to get legal work done without the expense of an Attorney. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we just have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc) For example: Sites like legalzoom.com have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do.
The field of Law has a mystique that actually exceeds reality. The field of Law is a vastly overrated career - especially by television.<< There are many myths regarding the field of Law:
**myth: working as a Lawyer is mentally challenging (Actually, most work as an attorney involves mountains of routine paperwork: research, cite checking, drafting documents, and document review. Attorneys need to write down and track EVERY activity they do, all day long [in 6 to 15 minutes increments, depending on the billing system] - a painstaking but necessary task - handling details is a large part of working as a lawyer),
**myth: being an attorney is thrilling, high-powered, and glamorous (remember: television is FICTION - the fictional lawyers on TV are ACTORS - the majority of work that an attorney does, does not happen in a courtroom),
**myth: law students think that because they are good at arguing they will become great attorneys (Actually being a great attorney is more in one's ability to mediate between differing sides and bringing them to agreement/compromise. Many people mistakenly think that being an attorney is about the ability to argue. Actually, a successful attorney is defined by his/her commitment to the PEACEFUL resolution of disputes. Lawyers are actually: mediators, advocates, negotiators, advisors, evaluators, and peaceful intermediaries between clients.),
**myth: as a lawyer I can correct injustices (actually legal decisions are more about reaching compromises than about right vs. wrong),
**myth: guaranteed financial success (actually when salaries are compared, you also need to account for cost-of living expenses [most large law firms are in large cities - the bigger the city, the more cost-of-living expenses will be], payment of debts accrued while attending law school, and time needed to build a client base. Many large law firms require lawyers to work 60-80 hours per week. There are a FEW attorneys that earn a lot of money - but MOST attorneys just about make a living. Most attorneys do not make as much money as most people think. Also, remember: there are more attorneys than there are available jobs.).
And then, to top it off, attorneys have to keep their client's information confidential. (You cannot use "juicy" tidbits that you have become aware of as fodder for the gossip circles.)
Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV.
Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!<<< Even after paying the expensive tuition, you still need to pay for books, room and board, and miscellaneous fees.
The legal profession leaves little room for outside interests. Commitment to the law profession tends to produce an unbalanced lifestyle.
There are no jobs in this vocational field. My family, coworkers, friends, acqaintances, etc. have been laid off left and right in this vocational field.
Even if you finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking (at an alarming rate), many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid <<this would be your competition. And the competition is fierce in TODAY's job market!!
Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves.
>>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<
If you don't believe me, then:
**Check out these websites: http://informeddecisionmaking.blogspot.c...
(A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)
**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law. Call some local law firms - ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in the field of Law..................
**Do "informational interviews" with several attorneys from at least two or three different firms. (You can find how to do "informational interviews" from your local Public Library - ask the Librarian.) Interviewing attorneys is a time-efficient and extremely beneficial way of discovering if law is the right vocational field for you. Talk to a few Human Resource Managers who work at employers in the field of Law. Ask them what their opinion is on future job availability for the field of Law. Ask them if they have any current open positions. Ask them how many resumes they receive when they advertise ONE open position. (It is ususally approximately 300 resumes are received for each open position advertised.) If you personally know a practicing lawyer, set up a time with them to do an "informational interview" to ask them about their career. Talk to many attorneys. Better yet, spend an entire day with one of them.
**Talk to recent law graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities. <<<
If you want a job when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.
(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)
I'M Thinking About Becoming A Real Estate Lawyer? Any Insight On This?
Question Details: What Is Your Work Week Like? Do You Enjoy Being A Real Estate Lawyer? What Is The Salary Like? What Does Your Student Loans Look Like Now That You Are Practicing, This Is One Of My Concerns. I Know I Have Quite A Few Years Ahead Of Me But I Am Thinking About Practicing In Houston, Texas When I Am Through. Any Insight Will Be Greatly Appreciated.
<Rolls Eyes at the 2 answers above me>
There's no set salary scale for any type of law. If you work for a firm, it depends on how much they'll pay you. Typical first year salary can be anywhere from $30K to $125K. School loans depend on how expensive your school is. State school kids obviously have less debt than those who go to privates. Also depends on if you get any scholarships. Univ of Houston offered me a scholarship even tho I didn't even apply for one. Woulda lowered my costs for attending there more than a regular student.
Real Estate attorneys might do litigation or just transactions. Counsel people on how to set up a real estate deal. Help them sue involving some dispute involving real estate. It's really no different from any other lawyer, just that you focus on real estate issues. My firm does some real estate law, altho we try and stay on the transactional side.
Will This Help Me Get Into Law School?
If I Just Found Out That I Have Some Sort Of Learning Disorder That Makes It Hard To Write Logically, Will That Help Me Get Into Law School? I Am Going To Get Help And This Has Affected My Grades.
If you get it professionally diagnosed and documented and you deal with it law schools may be willing to overlook lower grades from before your diagnosis. This means that starting NOW your grades need to improve substantially and stay improved for the rest of your college career. Logical writing is pretty much the number one thing a lawyer needs to be able to do. Law schools will not be willing to take a chance on you unless you prove that you've learned how to deal with and succeed despite any learning disorder.
You should also keep in mind that even though your college (and possibly your law school) may help you out in terms of things like extra time for exams, etc. this does not happen in the real world. The judge will not grant you a continuance or extend a filing deadline because you have a learning disability. Your coping strategies/medication/therapy need to be rock-solid before you graduate law school.
Basic Questions On Living Trusts.?
I'M Just Starting To Learn About Estate Planning. It Is My Understanding That If I Die, I Can Use A Living Trust To Pass My Assets Along To Others Untaxed--Is That Correct? Also, If I Put My Assets Into A Family Living Trust And Someone Sues Me, Would They Be Able To Take The Money From The Family Living Trust? If So, If I Had Someone In My Family Serve As Trustee Of The Living Trust Rather Than Me, Would That Protect The Assets In The Living Trust From Lawsuits Against Me Personally?
A living trust is a legal document created by you (the grantor) during your lifetime. Just like a will, a living trust spells out exactly what your desires are with regard to your assets, your dependents, and your heirs. The big difference is that a will becomes effective only after you die and your will has been entered into probate. A living trust bypasses the costly and time-consuming process of probate, enabling your successor trustee (who fills basically the same role as an executor of a will) to carry out your instructions as documented in your living trust at your death, and also if you’re unable to manage your financial, healthcare, and legal affairs due to incapacity.
Revocable living trust: With a revocable living trust, you transfer your assets into the ownership of the trust. You retain control of those assets as the trustee of your revocable living trust. You can change or revoke the trust at any time you want. The assets in the trust pass directly to your beneficiaries without going through probate upon your death. However, neither wills nor revocable living trusts avoid or minimize estate taxes.
Irrevocable living trust: An irrevocable trust allows you to permanently and irrevocably give away your assets during your lifetime. After you give away these assets, you have relinquished all control and interest in these assets. Due to that fact, these assets are no longer considered part of your estate and aren’t subject to estate taxes. As you likely imagine, an irrevocable trust is appropriate in only extremely rare circumstances, such as when you have more money than you or your spouse could ever use. Your beneficiaries would benefit at Uncle Sam’s expense if you utilized an irrevocable trust to reduce your taxable estate before your death.
Legal Will Online?
I Came Across Buildwill.Com For Creating A Will. It Cost Roughly $50. Is It Ok To Do Online Will, Compared To Getting It Done Through Attorney? My Will Is Really Simple, With No Extra Things Attached. One Attorney I Contacted, Is Asking $250 For Doing The Will.
Please Advise. (I Live In Ca)
Each state has is own laws for creating a binding will. Each state has its own requirements and differences, many of which are in the procedures that must be followed during the signature. Because the law is constantly changing and adjusting NO SOFTWARE company can give you a 100% guarantee that the Will form and instructions that they provide are totally up to date for your state.
Here you have a choice, do you create a will that will legally hold up in court and take care of your heirs or do you go on the cheap and shell out fifty bucks for something that may cause your heirs more grief.
$250 for a simple will is cheap! How many hours do you think it takes to make sure that the will the lawyer is creating is according to the current laws, and get all you want in the document? MANY, in order to do it correctly and protect your heirs. The lawyer also presents the document in the proper format for your state, follows the state procedures for signing a will, and provides witnesses to your signature. All this for $250 bucks.