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Finding A Seasoned Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will find that there are countless lawyers in your town that advertise that they concentrate on your form of case. This will make the procedure of finding one with significant amounts of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below it is possible to narrow down your quest to the right one in almost no time. The first task is to make a listing of the lawyers that are listed in your area that specialize in your position. When you are making this list you must only include those which you have a good vibe about according to their advertisement. You can then narrow this list down through taking a little while evaluating their webpage. There you will be able to find how many years they are practicing and a few general information regarding their success rates. At this point your list needs to have shrunken further to the people that you felt had professional websites and an appropriate volume of experience. You need to then take the time to lookup independent reviews of every attorney. Make sure you look at the reviews rather than just relying on their overall rating. The info in the reviews will provide you with an idea of the way that they connect with their customers and the length of time they invest into each case that they are taking care of. Finally, it is advisable to meet up with no less than the last three lawyers which have the credentials you would like. This gives you the time to genuinely evaluate how interested they are in representing your case. It is important to follow most of these steps to actually find a person that has the proper degree of experience to get you the ideal outcome.

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Help With Real Estate Law?
I Need To Give A.... &Quot;Step By Step&Quot;... Procdeure To File And Open An Estate Of Less Than $15,000 With Completed Forms. Can Someone Help Me With This?

It is not a real estate law question, but a probate question.

The answer depends on which state has venue for probate.

And this is not something to do without consulting an attorney. If you open an administration in the probate court that is incorrect, it could cost a lot to correct. Consult your attorney.

What Is The Difference Between The Two Words &Quot;Lawyer&Quot; And &Quot;Attorney,&Quot; If There Is A Difference? I'Ve Always Wondered....

According to several dictionaries, a lawyer is somebody who can give legal advice and has been trained in the law. An attorney is somebody legally empowered to represent another person, or act on their behalf.

So if you give somebody "power of attorney," that doesn't mean they suddenly become the comic book hero, "Super Litigator," it means they can legally sign papers and make decisions for you in the area in which you've given them that power. In many, perhaps most, cases, lawyers are given power of attorney--but it doesn't have to be that way.

In everyday usage, the terms are virtually synonymous. Indeed, a quick poll of lawyers at my office found none who really thought there was any difference. But if we stick to our dictionary guns, there is a definite distinction.

As a side note, the British have several additional terms for people who practice law. "Lawyer" is a general term describing all of them. "Solicitors" do most of the office work, draft documents, talk to clients, etc., and may only appear as advocates in the lower courts. "Barristers" do most of the trial work, especially in the higher courts, where they are the only ones who may act as advocates. "Attorney" has pretty much the same meaning in Britain as in America--one who acts on behalf of another.

Why are yellow pads called "legal pads?" Because they are allegedly (like the use of that lawyerly term?) easier on the eyes than white paper. And for people who have to write and read a lot, it makes sense to use something that's easier on the eyes. Nowadays, though, yellow paper is becoming more difficult to find as many offices switch to white paper, which can be recycled more easily.

What about the long paper? Well, I was going to make the standard cracks about lawyers needing 30% more space than normal folks to say the same thing. But a quick check of Cecil's archives found that not only did he already answer this question,but he dissed that joke as well. So never mind. Hmph.

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Thinking About Being A Lawyer...?
I Am In 9Th Grade Now So I Have Time To Decide My Career Still But I Am Interested In Going To Law School. I Have A 98% Or Higher In All Of My Classes Plus I Play 3 Sports So Getting Into Law School Is Not An Issue. If You Are A Lawyer Could You Tell Me Some Things That You Like And Dislike About Your Career

Lawyers are a dime a dozen, go medical. Heck, there is a shortage of pharmacists and their median wage is $100,000K well above lawyers, less school for pushing pills, unbelieveable. Dentists 180,000K median and there is a shortage, and of course a shortage of MDs.

From US News, Poor careers for 2006
Attorney. If starting over, 75 percent of lawyers would choose to do something else. A similar percentage would advise their children not to become lawyers. The work is often contentious, and there's pressure to be unethical. And despite the drama portrayed on TV, real lawyers spend much of their time on painstakingly detailed research. In addition, those fat-salaried law jobs go to only the top few percent of an already high-powered lot.

Many people go to law school hoping to do so-called public-interest law. (In fact, much work not officially labeled as such does serve the public interest.) What they don't teach in law school is that the competition for those jobs is intense. I know one graduate of a Top Three law school, for instance, who also edited a law journal. She applied for a low-paying job at the National Abortion Rights Action League and, despite interviewing very well, didn't get the job.

From the Associated Press, MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A lawmaker who persuaded the Assembly to eliminate all state funding for the University of Wisconsin law school says his reasoning is simple: There's too many lawyers in Wisconsin.

From an ABA study about malpractice claims, More Sole Practicioners: There appears to be an increasing trend toward sole practicioners, due partly to a lack of jobs for new lawyers, but also due to increasing dissatisfaction among experienced lawyers with traditional firms; leading to some claims which could have been avoided with better mentoring.

New Lawyers: Most insurers have noticed that many young lawyers cannot find jobs with established firms, and so are starting their own practices without supervision or mentoring. This is likely to cause an increase in malpractice claims, although the claims may be relatively small in size due to the limited nature of a new lawyers

“In a survey conducted back in 1972 by the American Bar Association, seventy percent of Americans not only didn’t have a lawyer, they didn’t know how to find one. That’s right, thirty years ago the vast majority of people didn’t have a clue on how to find a lawyer. Now it’s almost impossible not to see lawyers everywhere you turn."

Growth of Legal Sector
Lags Broader Economy; Law Schools Proliferate
For graduates of elite law schools, prospects have never been better. Big law firms this year boosted their starting salaries to as high as $160,000. But the majority of law-school graduates are suffering from a supply-and-demand imbalance that's suppressing pay and job growth. The result: Graduates who don't score at the top of their class are struggling to find well-paying jobs to make payments on law-school debts that can exceed $100,000. Some are taking temporary contract work, reviewing documents for as little as $20 an hour, without benefits. And many are blaming their law schools for failing to warn them about the dark side of the job market.

The law degree that Scott Bullock gained in 2005 from Seton Hall University -- where he says he ranked in the top third of his class -- is a "waste," he says. Some former high-school friends are earning considerably more as plumbers and electricians than the $50,000-a-year Mr. Bullock is making as a personal-injury attorney in Manhattan. To boot, he is paying off $118,000 in law-school debt.

A slack in demand appears to be part of the problem. The legal sector, after more than tripling in inflation-adjusted growth between 1970 and 1987, has grown at an average annual inflation-adjusted rate of 1.2% since 1988, or less than half as fast as the broader economy, according to Commerce Department data.

On the supply end, more lawyers are entering the work force, thanks in part to the accreditation of new law schools and an influx of applicants after the dot-com implosion earlier this decade. In the 2005-06 academic year, 43,883 Juris Doctor degrees were awarded, up from 37,909 for 2001-02, according to the American Bar Association. Universities are starting up more law schools in part for prestige but also because they are money makers. Costs are low compared with other graduate schools and classrooms can be large. Since 1995, the number of ABA-accredited schools increased by 11%, to 196.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the inflation-adjusted average income of sole practitioners has been flat since the mid-1980s.

Many students "simply cannot earn enough income after graduation to support the debt they incur," wrote Richard Matasar, dean of New York Law

Divorce Using Legal Aid In Texas?
My Girlfriend Is Getting A Divorce Using The Legal Aid System Here In Texas. She Got It Going On July 29,2008...And 60 Days After This Was Sept 29 Th!!! The Legal Aid Said It Would Be About 2 Weeks After This Day...Which Would Be Around The Second Week Of October....We Are Already 11/21/08...And Nothing! She Has Called And They Dont Return Calls....And When She Finally Does Talk To Someone.....They Say (Very Upset And Rudely)..That She Is Has To Wait Like Everyone Else!!! So Why Did They Say 2 Weeks....And Why Do They Say " All Has To Be Done Is Type It, And Take It To The Court House'!!???? We Want To Get Married In Feb Of 2009.....And I Can't Believe, He Has Been Served,No Child Support, Uncontested.......Omg! I Want To Know If I Can Talk To The Supervisor, Or What I Can Do To Speed This Up, Or Even Hire Another Lawyer..And See If They Can Use What They Already Have Done???? Please Help Us!!!

Well....most people wouldn't be planning a wedding BEFORE a divorce is final.

Is A Certified Letter Considered A Legal Document?
If Someone Sends You A Certified Break-Up Letter That Tells You To &Quot;Take Whatever Tou Want&Quot;, Is This Considered A Legal Document?

No, a legal document is usually one filed with the court or giving direction in legal matters (like a will, deed, etc.) But a certified letter is just a letter that has been sent with documentation to prove it was sent. It has no more legal meaning than any other letter.

It could potentially be evidence in a lawsuit. however, something that says take whatever you want usually doesn't mean that. I would guess it means of the things acquired jointly, the person can take what they want.

But only take what you would have some legal right to. So no gifts given to the other person, including gifts between the parties. And only take roughly half, in value, of the stuff there.

Better to be safe than deal with a suit later. They could easily say they were distressed at the time they sent the letter and it would not be considered valid. (For example, if the break up occurred because the recipient of the letter cheated.)

It is NOT a contract because a contract requires both parties to act/not act give up something. Since this is all one sided, it cannot be considered a contract.

Nj Security Deposit Law?
According To Nj Law It Says A Landlord Must Notify Tenants Within 30 Days Of Receiving The Security Deposit Of The Account Location, Numbers, And Interest On The Account. If Not Then, The Security Deposit Money Can Then Be Used To Pay A Months Worth Of Rent And Does Not Need To Be Replenished. Is It Possible To Prove Though That The Tenants Did Not Receive This Information If The Landlord Lies And Said They Sent It?!

If this really is NJ law (don't know myself), then a landlord would be stupid to not provide such notices via certified mail so they can prove delivery. If they don't, they deserve what they get.

Make sure you did not sign anything earlier acknowledging receipt of such notice, though. Might have been hidden within all the leasing forms and applications.