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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Would I Make A Good Lawyer?
Ive Decided That I Wanna Be A Lawyer. It Seems Like A Fascinating Job. Would I Make A Good Lawyer?
Being a lawyer requires dedication, integrity and intellect. It is a knowledge based service, ergo, you will need to develop a strong knowledge of the field in which you wish to practice. Being a lawyer also requires an extremely high level of literacy and a very fine attention to detail. Sometimes a single word or even a comma can mean the difference between winning a matter or losing.
Please note that being a lawyer is nothing like on TV. The pay is terrible for the first couple of years. The hours are very long and your boss will be a complete bastard (until you do things correctly).
Also, you must remember that you are effectively going to make decisions which can have dramatic affects on other peoples lives, they may end up in jail, bankrupt or lose their children, etc. That is a significant burden for any young person. Lawyers face the highest rates of stress and depression (in Australia at least) among any professional group including doctors.
Nonetheless, the skill and art of being a lawyer is very enjoyable, You will become trained to make arguments that shape events rather than being beholden to the decisions of others. People listen to a lawyer, not just because they are a lawyer, but because their words reflect the truth and sage wisdom. You will have a high degree of independence (far greater than most people). It is a position of prestige, trust, responsibility and power. If you survive the first three years, the pay is pretty good as well.
Alex Stewart, Research and Intellectual Property counsel, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
India Adoption Law Question?
If A Person Were To Be Adopted From Calcutta In The Late 1980'S Would Americans Have Been Allowed To Adopt And Also Would That Prospective Parent Have Had To Travel And Stay In India For A Certain Amount Of Time In Order For The Adoption To Go Through?
Here's what I could find:
"Since the 1980's, XXX has been placing Indian children with U.S. families."
- An adoption agency website.
This site explains a little about adoption law in India in the 80's. There was a significant law made in 1980 that addressed Christians and other religions adopting from India.
You could research India case law (available online) for more detailed information.
I would say that yes, and American could have adopted in Calcutta in the 1980's and most likely would have to at least travel there to physically obtain the child and have the necessary travel documents prepared.
Are you writing a story? There are quite a few who come here for information. If so, I hope that you will do some more research (on your own) to find more accurate information!
Medical And Law &Quot;Practice&Quot;?
Why Do Doctors And Lawyers Only Have To &Quot;Practice&Quot; Their Profession? What F I Have A Customer Call And Order A Stone Fireplace And I Build A Non Working Fireplace?. I Don'T Get Paid But If A Doctor Or Lawyer Fails They Are Still Entitled To Payment?
I Think I'M Going To Open A &Quot;Masonry Practice&Quot;.
I think the term "practice" is just a term of art. Doctors and lawyers have to get college degrees, attend specialized schools, and then pass a state exam to be qualified as a doctor or lawyer. After that, however, both doctors and lawyers are required by the AMA and the ABA to take a certain amount of continuing medical/legal education every year to keep their licenses and state accreditations. The other issue is the fact that no doctor or lawyer can guarantee a successful outcome (maybe that's why they "practice").
Salary Of A Newly Graduated Lawyer?
How Much Would A Lawyer Earn In Their First Practice?
Type: Family Law
It'S For A School Project And Very Important, Please Help Me People!
Family Law is way down on the pay scale for lawyers, pretty much near the bottom. In part it depends on where you practice as to how much you can charge and how much you'll make. You would likely have to be hired by a firm, rather than be on your own, unless you have a lot of money for expenses and already know clients, which isn't likely for most new attorneys. Starting pay for a new Family Law attorney in a big city, like LA, NY, Chicago, would likely be about $50,000 - $70,000, maybe a bit more if one worked for a firm that does high profile divorces for the wealthy.
An attorney who attended a top tier law school and graduated high up in their class would probably get a job at a large firm with offices nationally (biglaw) and would make $160,000 their first year, plus a nice bonus ($25,000) if the economy is good and they have plenty of billing hours.
Right now some biglaw firms are considering lowering the payscale for new attorneys, maybe to $145,000, but likely it will go back up shortly. It's rather silly, it doesn't make good business sense to pay so much for first years. Most biglaw firms have a lockstep style compensation, where the salary goes up every year, and by about year 7, most of the firms pay about $240,000 + bonus, $40,000 would be common.
I Live In Nyc And I Am Looking For The Best Criminal Lawyer.?
If you are looking for the best, it will be very, very expensive. The best way to find a lawyer is by talking to friends and acquaintances. Since you want the best, ask some of your extremely rich friends if they know anyone good.
How Many Hours A Week Do Lawyers Work?
I Heard Conflicting Statements, Ranging From 40 To 70+ Hours A Week. I Also Read That You Start Out Working Many Hours But Then You Work Less And Get Paid More After A Few Years. Also, How Many Hours Do Specific Lawyers Work, Such As Corporate, Intellectual Property Etc.
As someone who just graduated from law school and who actually wrote an essay on this topic, I have a bit of perspective on this. However, while you should never use this as an answer on a law school exam, the answer to this question truly is "it depends."
Lawyers who work in big cities [especially New York, Chicago, LA, and DC] will work significantly more than lawyers in more rural areas.
As you pointed out, younger lawyers tend to work more than older lawyers.
Specialty isn't really much of a factor in how many hours you will work as an attorney, but what sector you work in really will. Attorneys that work in large law firms work the longest hours, medium to small sized firms come next, then non-profits, and finally government workers. However, government workers will make significantly less money than those that work at firms.
Firms typically require you to bill a quota of hours to clients each year. However, not every hour that you are at work is a "billable hour". On average, for every two hours billed, an attorney will spend another hour at work doing non-billable tasks. To get an idea of workloads for young New York attorneys, on average they bill 2200 hours a year. If you add in non-billable hours worked and average that out over a week, that means you'd be working 66 hour weeks with two weeks vacation each year. Keep in mind that this is average, so that means that half of young lawyers in New York are actually working even more than that. I don't know about you, but that sounds unbearable to me.
Plus when you work in a firm, the firm also wants you to spend your free time finding clients/having drinks with clients you already possess/making connections, etc., and therefore, you basically never have any time off. These sorts of activities are not counted into the above.
Now, if you work for the government, most of the time you will truly only work 40 hours a week, and they will not ask you to do anything outside of your job description.
Medium sized firms can rate anywhere in between big firms and government jobs. When I was on interviews, medium sized firms were asking that you bill anywhere between 1400 to 1800 hours minimum. This would work out to 42 hours and 54 hours a week, respectively. Although, keep in mind that the minimum that they want you to work will most likely keep your job, but if you want to advance, in most situations they'll want you to work more than that.
Keep in mind the big paycheck difference. At big firms lawyers can start right out of law school making upwards of $150,000 whereas the federal government only starts you at $54,000 and state governments can pay as little as $30,000 for some positions [such as being a public defender].
As for your experience determining how many hours you work per week - on average, you have to work at a firm for 7 years before it will significantly decrease. At that time, the firm will either decide to make you a partner in which case you will be able to cut down on your work time and still be rich, or the firm will not make you a partner, in which case you'll most likely quit and feel like you've just wasted 7 years of your life.
Hope this info. helps!