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How Do I Find A Pro-Bono Lawyer (Not Legal Aid) To Help With A Custody Battle?
I Am Going Through A Tough Custody Battle Where Domestic Violence Is Involved, And I Cannot Find Help Anywhere. Is There A Place Besides Legal Aid That You Can Find A Lawyer That Will Do Pro-Bono Work? I Can Explain Further If Needed For Finding A Lawyer Purpose. (I Am In Michigan)
Normally legal aid is the agency that will handle pro-bono type cases. It differs from state to state though. Other than a legal aid office, probably the best source for possible pro-bono would your state's bar association. Most state's bar association has a pro-bono division (or have the phone to give you) where private lawyers have volunteered to do some pro-bono work. You will have to qualify and such but if you do qualify, they will normally assign your case to a private attorney (rather than legal aid) who will do the work without charge to you. You would still be responsible for the costs though.
Please note though that a "tough custody battle" is not something most attorneys want to get involved in when they are not being paid to do it. You may not qualify for pro-bono or your type of case may not be one that pro-bono is done. If you are accepted, once an attorney sees that it is very involved and will cost him/her a lot of time, they may decline to handle the case. Legal aid, or hiring a private attorney, may be your only options.
Can I Be Successful In The Field Of Law As A Minority, Female Attorney?
I Know This Seems Like A Bit Of A Stupid Question. I'Ve Decided That I Want To Go To Law School, But I'M Not Sure Of Which Area Of Law Yet. But Today I Was Talking To One Of My Close Friends, And He Was Telling Me &Quot;You Know, People Are Going To Be Really Reluctant To Hire You. Most People Want A Jewish Male Attorney, And You Being An African American Female, It'S Gonna Be Extra Tough For You.&Quot; Granted, His Father Is A Jewish Male Attorney, So He Could Be A Bit Biased, But Other People Have Told Me The Same Thing. Obviously, Choosing An Attorney Shouldn'T Be Based On Race, But On Skill, But How Will I Have A Chance To Prove Myself If This Really Is True? So I Guess My Question Is, Is This Really True? And If So, How Can I Try To Overcome This To Prove Myself As A Great Attorney?
Also, Please No Rude Or Racist Comments. I Need Serious Answers. Thank You!
I am a white, Roman Catholic female, who was over 40 when I graduated law school.
This issue of being Jewish is just nonsense anymore. Maybe at some time in the 1950s a person's religion was important but not now. Granted there are some law firms who hire by religion, but they are very few and are staffed by the old guys or at those the old thinking guys. Heck, in Chicago we have an active Christian bar association that holds an annual Red Mass at the Cathedral -- it is sold out months before the event.
This is the same bs that the old attorneys, and I mean those who went to law school 1940-1970 preach. They will tell you that you must belong to some organization like Kiwanis (sp), or Chamber or Commerce, or other male oriented old-boy-network to get clients. Again bs. Even members of these organizations will pick the attorney who does the best job for the least amount of money over a fellow member.
Now the issue of being a female is another thing. There is lots and lots of gender discrimination in the field of law. When I went on interviews I would be asked how fast I typed, if I was planning to have kids, was I married -- you know all those allegedly illegal questions.
I worked for a firm with 2 other male attorneys and no support staff. I was put at the reception desk where I answered the phones, typed the one partners notes, and handled about 40 of my own cases. You should have seen the look on the clients faces when they were assigned to the receptionist. Once I learned all I could from this job I went on to open my own firm in competition to this one. They no longer exist.
So you will encounter sex discrimination. Because the profession of law is over 40% female there are lots of others fighting the same thing. There are also woman's bar associations that can help out.
As for race, it really is not an issue in law. At least the profession has come that far. A black lawyer appears to have the same opportunites. I believe that is thanks to the great work done by the black lawyers bar associations.
If you really want to become an attorney and have that calling, go for it. It is the best job you can ever have. Good luck.
Get In Accident; Same Lawyer, Same Insurance?
I Always Wondered: If Two People Get Into An Car Accident, And They Have The Same Insurance Company And The Same Lawyer, How Does That Work? What If Both Are At Fault? What If Neither Were At Fault?
The same lawyer can not represent both parties.
He would turn down the representation of the other party.
As far as insurance goes...the insurance company will open up a claim under each person's policy. Usually a different adjuster gets assigned to each claim. They handle the claim just the same as any other. This happens all the time....and it's not a big deal.
How Should I Go About This Child Custody Case?
My Daughter Lives In Pa With Her Mother And Grandmother.Since My Lil Girl Was Born I Have Had Her On My Insurance And Have Paid Child Support Like I'M Supposed To. She Is Now 9. My Daughter Has Autism. Well I Have Found Out Thru Her Via Cell Phone I Purchased Her That She Has Been Out Of School For Over A Month Now, Her Mother Was Kicked Out Of Her House Along With Grandmother So They Have Been Going From House To House To Survive. I Have Told Her Mother Just About Everyday To Let Me Take Care Of Her Where I Live In Va I Have A Very Stable Home For Her, And She Is Already On My Insurance Plan, But I Feel Her Mother Is Scared To Give Her Up Because That Would Be 2 Sources Of Income She Would Loose &Quot;Child Support&Quot; &Quot;Daughers Ssi&Quot;. I Am So Scared For My Little Girl And I Do Not Know Were To Even Being With This? Well The Past 3 Weeks I Have Found Out From My Daughters Mother That She Has Been In And Out Of The Hospital For Having Pains, And Ect. Long Story Short She Is Addicted To Pain Killers, And Xanax And She Hangs Out With The Wrong Type Of People. Last Month She Claims To Me She Was With Some People Who Was Raided By The Police And She Was Let Go But They Were Arrested For Drugs & Other Pills. She Leaves A Voice Mail 3 Days Ago Saying She Wish She Was Dead, Come To Find Out She Has Ran Out Of Pain Pills, Ect, And Is Loosing Her Mind Even More Now! She Is Trying To Claim Ssi For Herself Saying She Is Crazy, Ect. She Has Not Worked Any In 2009. My Daugthers Grandmother Has Been Watching Over Her From House To House, While Mom Has Been Running Streets Wild! Her Grandmother Is Not A Stable Person Also. She Is Also Taking Meds To Keep Her Sain. How Should I Go About This?
Hi, I bet if you re read your question, you'd have this huge light go off in you head and you'd know the answer!!! You HAVE to protect your daughter. I cannot imagine what effect this is having on her. It would be bad enough for a child without a disability and because your daughter has Autism, her perception of events is so much more pronounced. Her ability to deal with stress is mostly nill, in most cases. PLEASE!! Call DHS in the city where she lives. They will do an investigation...it will only take 24 hours. That's it! You can let them know that you are willing to take her to your home if that is necessary. Tell them everything you can think of....write it all down before you call them so you don't forget anything. They don't like to be called back with, "I forgot to tell you something". It looks like your nit picking. You can also get an attorney in the city and state where your daughter resides and start custody proceedings. If you two have joint custody and she has physical custody, depending on the laws in her state, you have as much right to the child as she does. That is, if she came to visit and you chose not to return her, her Mom would have the burden of getting her back. You can google the state and then enter statutes on child custody'. I worked for many years with families through DHS and I can almost guarantee you that they not allow her to stay with her Mom at this time. Now, I have a question for you. How much of your child support money do you think goes for the actual care of your daughter? You're absolutely right!!! Very little if any!! Calling DHS is a very easy thing to do. Just pick up that phone and take care of your daughter. She REALLY needs you for goodness sake!! Good luck!! JOSA
Respect Your Elders (Mother-In-Laws, Etc.), Even When They Are Rude?
Most Elderly People Are Great And Very Polite, But Why Should We Put Up With Rude Behavior From Some Of Them, Just Because They Are Older? Does Age Automatically Give Them A Pass For Bad Behavior?
I think 'respect your elders' is a term that denotes that we should at least try our best to be polite and respectful of them, because they've gained wisdom over the years, and they generally know more about life than we do because of that.
However, I don't agree with them using their age as reason to be rude or impolite, and I don't believe that we should have to 'put up with everything they do'. Sometimes, it's hard being older-I'm talking 60's+ and dealing with getting older is tough, so some elderly people get crabby. I feel bad for them, but it happens to everyone.
I have a mother in law who goes out of her way to be rude and nasty with me, and put me down for everything. I just choose to be 'civil' and ignore her insults, and let her look like the immature and petty one. That way, I know I'm not the one being disrespectful, but I don't let her get out of line too much-I tell her that it's hard for me to be respectful if she's going to go out of her way to be disrespectful to me. It's like goading me on, unnecessarily. You just rise above them, don't sink to their level, and remember that you're the one who comes out looking better in the end-and maybe they'll note this and stop being so difficult! :)
Godparents' Legal Rights?
My Husband And I Have A Two Year Old Little Girl, And We Are Getting Our Wills Done Soon To Ensure Her Safety Should Something Happen To Us. We Have Decided On A Guardian For Her, My Best Friend. However, Our Families Are Outraged At This And Would Probably Try To Wrest Custody Of Our Daughter From Our Chosen Guardian Should We Die. Would Establishing Her As Godmother Make Her Legal Rights To Our Daughter More Valid, Since She Is Not A Blood Relative? If So, How Would We Go About It?
Being a godparent is not a legal relationship. It is a relationship within the church. A godparent looks to assist in the religious upbringing of a child.
I would advise you to have properly drafted wills containing the appointment of a guardian of the person of your minor children. The courts will honor that appointment over the objection of family members unless the family members can prove to the Orphans' Court that such appointment is NOT in the best interests of the child. It makes no difference if the proposed guardian is not related by blood or marriage.
Your next step is to make an appointment with your lawyer to have your wills drafted.