4 Methods To Help Your Lawyer Enable You To When you need a legal professional at all, you need to work closely using them as a way to win your case. Irrespective of how competent they can be, they're going to need your help. Listed below are four important methods to help your legal team help you win: 1. Be Totally Honest And Up Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - irrespective of what information you're going to reveal in their mind. Privilege means what you say is saved in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team should know all things in advance - most importantly information one other side could learn about and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep an ongoing and factual account of all information related to your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the current data they must assist them to win. 3. Turn Up Early For Many Engagements Never be late when you're appearing before a court and prevent wasting the attorney's time, too, by being by the due date, each time. The truth is, because you might need to discuss last minute details or perhaps be extra ready for the truth you're facing, it's a great idea to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate You Have Your Act Together If you've been responsible for any type of crime, it's important to be able to prove to the court that you just both regret the actions and they are making strides toward boosting your life. For example, if you're facing driving under the influence, volunteer for a rehab program. Be sincere and involved with the cities the judge is presiding over. Working more closely together with your legal team increases your odds of absolute success. Try these tips, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you must win your case.
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As A Homebuyer, Is It Worth Hiring A Real Estate Attorney?
I Asked A Previous Question About Taxes And Escrow And Noticed That A Few Responders Recommended Seeking Advice From A Real Estate Attorney. I'M Still Very Early In The Buying Process For A Home That Would Cost Less Than $200K. From A Cost Perspective, Does It Make Sense To Retain An Attorney? What Are The Advantages?
There are no advantages to contacting an attorney at all. In a few states your closing agent is an attorney. They make sure your documents are in order, but most of the work is done by a paralegal clerk not by the attorney. They make sure that the paper work going to the title company is what the title company need to close the transaction.
You can go direct to a tile company that have their own closing attorneys. This will reduce your closing cost by a small amount.
If you live in a state like California, we rely on escrows to close loans and make sure all documents are in order, the same as an attorney in states that require closing agents to be attorneys. Again you can always go direct to a title company and use their escrow officers within the title company, this might save a few dollars.
You don't need an attorney unless you reside in a state that require an attorney for closing purposes.
I hope this has been of some use to you, good luck.
Commercial Real Estate, I Was Defrauded By The Leasing Agent. How Can I Report Him And Change My Lease?
I Signed A Lease For A Certain Square Footage And A $1 Per Sq Foot.
I Questioned The Size In The Beginning And Was Told Commercial Measurements Are Different From Residential, (I Don'T Know What I Am Talking About) They Measure To The Drip Line And The Guy Measured Again And Was Sure He Was Correct. I Chose The Place For The Size And Now I Am Struggling As I Need About Another 300 Sq Ft (3 Months Into The Lease) I Paid A Commercial Appraisor To Remeasure The Building And I Am 300 Sq Ft Short. I Am Paying For 2300 And Only Have 2000. The Original Leasing Agent Came Back Out And Remeasured The Building And Said He Was About Right, The Lease Says Approx. I Asked To See His Measurements And He Said He Would Email Them To Me And Now He Will Not Return My Calls Or Show Me His Measurements, But Left A Message Saying The Landlord Will Give Me $100 Off The Rent Each Month Thats It, Or I Can Get Out Of My Lease And Move. I Have Spend $1,000'S Of Dollars On Advertising, Signs Etc And If I Move I Do Not Have The Money To Spend Another $10K On All This Stuff. Is There Anything I Can Do? Can I At Least Report The Agent For Fraud So He Won'T Screw Someone Else?
Thanks For Your Help
"The devil is in the details". The answer may very well be in one of the provisions of your lease. Commercial leases can vary depending on if it is a standalone space or on a floor of a building with other spaces sharing common areas. At the risk of saying hindsight is 20/20, you should have gotten this clarified BEFORE you signed the lease.
My recommendation is for you to request a meeting with your landlord and show him the results of the measurements and request the reduction in rent. Follow that up with a letter documenting the meeting and the request. If the Landlord continues to deny you, then you will need to hire an attorney to review your lease, review the measurements and then hopefully will only need a letter to the landlord threatening litigation to get your rent reduced accordingly. However, the attorney may advise you after reading the lease that you have no legal recourse. Again, it really depends how the lease is written.
As far as the agent, you can file a complaint with the Department of Real Estate but proving fraud is difficult. You would have to have overwhelming evidence that the agent knowingly leased you the space at 2300 feet when in fact he KNEW it was only 2,000. Most DRE's have limited manpower to investigate this and in the scheme of things this doesn't rank as an extremely large fraud if in fact there is fraud.
Can Someone Give Me Some Info On Being A Contract Lawyer?
My Brother And My Sister Both Graduated In Criminal Justice...And My Brother Is Now In Law School. He Was Telling Me I Should Look Into Being A Contract Lawyer Because He Thinks I Would Like It? He Kind Of Told Me A Little About It. How Can I Make My Decision On That Possibly Becoming A Goal Of Mine? Because My Major Now Is Kinesiology And It Is Too Much Math And Science For Me.. :/
A contract lawyer is a lawyer that works for an employer on a project by project basis. It is a reference to employment status rather than a practice area, and being a contract lawyer in the United States for most assignments is a horrible job to have that pays a low hourly wage with no employment benefits and lousy working conditions (Skadden Arps supposedly has their dozens of contract attorneys hidden away in the basement of their office building - no joke).
I'm going to be a bit more optimistic though and assume that your brother simply got his terminology mixed up and meant a corporate lawyer which deals with a wide variety of contracts under business laws. Becoming a lawyer, in any practice area, is not something that is likely to lead to a satisfying career unless you can get into one of the top law schools in the nation and do well in that school. Of the thousands upon thousands of lawyers in the United States, many of them are either unemployed or highly dissatisfied with their careers because they are stuck working in low wage jobs with crushing student debt. Others have managed to survive as a lawyer long enough to eventually build a successful practice or become a partner in a small firm or otherwise managed to make a satisfying living trhough hard work over the course of years and years hard work but probably would have done things differently if they had known pursuing a law career would lead them to where they are (i.e. as a lawyer, life gave them lemons so they learned to make lemonade). Only a small percentage of lawyers ever achieve the status of a successful corporate lawyer in a big law firm.
The one thing about becoming a lawyer that is nice is that you can hold off on making the decision until your last year in college or even later than that because you don't need any particular major or class focus to get into top law school. It is based almost exclusively on the reputation of your college, your GPA, and your LSAT score, which should leave you with plenty of time to research the legal field to decide if it is the right career choice for you. In fact with a bachelors degree with a high GPA from a good college, it may be possible for you to get a job as a corporate paralegal for a few years to see what corporate lawyers do and decide if that is something you want to do before you spend over $100,000 in law school tuition (this is what I did).
Our Family Doesnt Want To Sell The Property But The Lawyer Does. He Asked For A Very Large Amount To Fix Right
When My Granpa Died , Left All The Properties To My Grandma. When She Died, My Aunt Had Forged A Will, Which Was Contested. All The Family Wants To Keep And Divide All The Property Up Between Everyone That Is Suppose To Get Any. My Cousin Hired A Lawyer, And Now He Says The Courts Appointed Him The Lawyer For The Whole Family, Which None Of Us Knew About. He Says The Property Has To Be Sold , Except For Some Land He Had Excepted For A Friend Of The Family , That Doesnt Suppose To Get Anything. And The Only Way He Would Fix This The Right Way Is To Pay Him 40,000 Dollars And Pay Court Cost And Commisioners Fee. All Papers He Has Got Family To Sign , Through Other Family Members , Bringing Papers Around From Home To Home, Wasnt None Of Them In Front Of A Notarized Puplic Or Lawyer. They Added Things To The Papers That Wasnt There When We Signed Them. He Says We Have To Keep Him As A Lawyer And The Friend Gets This Really Big Piece Of Property. This Doesnt Seem Legal To Me. What Can I Do.
Band together with the rest of you family.Hire a lawyer and report the lawyer who is already involved to the state bar.This smells of corruption.The lawyer was attained by a crooked family member and is praying to god you won't seek counsel.document everything,record everything,and have witnesses.This lawyer is goin' to jail
What Are Traits Of A Good Lawyer?
I'Ve Been Told That I Would Make A Good Lawyer Since I'M Brutally Honest, Loud, Love To Argue, And Stubborn. So, I'Ve Started To Look Into Going Into Law, But I'M Not Entirely Sold On The Idea. Mostly Because My Top Choice College Does Not Have A Pre-Law Program(Focus Is Mainly On Pre-Med And Medical).
My grandfather was an attorney and I am applying to law school myself (as an adult who has had a prior career). I know a bit about the subject.
First, you have to know what sort of law you want to practice. Too many idiots say, "I wanna be a lawyer" thinking that they will make money, but that is NOT the case. I know a LOT of ex-lawyers who went on to work admin or clerical jobs because the legal field is swamped with ambulance chasers and wannabe-dogooder prosecutors. You need to have an idea or a passion for what you want to pursue as a lawyer. Ambulance/settlement chasing civil lawyers often have the best chance to make fast money (through settlements) but the market is flooded with them and most of them really are scum. There are divorce/unemployment/small business and other civil lawyers who do well helping others, but they probably will never be incredibly wealthy. Then you have criminal court, and some people just can't handle it. Being involved in criminal law means spending your days with scum -- it has a higher purpose, but you need waders for the day-to-day dealing with clients.
For example, my grandfather was strongly libertarian and worked primarily with criminal defense. My grandfather truly believed in the design of the system - that everyone deserved a defense. You see, if you pick-and-choose who has rights, no one has rights. We sometimes see some scumbag child killer get a court-provided attorney and people think, "Hang the bastard! He doesn't deserve a defense!" but if we pick and choose who gets defended, then there is nothing to protect innocent men from corruption or media bias. EVERYONE gets a defense, no matter how sick or twisted, because that is the only way to ensure that innocent people remain protected. So my grandfather happily defended drug dealers, wife beaters, and murderers. A portion of the family even disowned him after he got (an alleged) hit-and-run driver who had killed a kid acquitted. I was pretty young at the time, but I heard about the occasional death threat too. Not many people can handle that.
1) You need to know what TYPE of law you are interested in and have some level of passion for it.
2) You have to be good with logic. Law often does not care about intent or meaning, but brutal, logical analysis. The LSAT test is all logic puzzles and reading comprehension. A law might say, in a very verbose way, that "A, B, C, AND D or E or F must have happened to count as a violation."
You have to be able to read a 20-page law, and understand every "If" "and" "or" and "nor" logical statement. It is a bit like computer programming that way.
3) You have to be a performer. My grandfather used to say, "Dazzle them with Bull$hit." If you go to court, you will have to convince a jury. Juries are made out of old women, patriots, and housewives who didn't have a good excuse to dodge jury duty. They aren't all college-educated rational people, so juries don't care about well-constructed logical arguments as much as they should (I know, I've been on jury duty. Using "logic" on some of those guys was worthless). Debate class, argumentative writing classes, and logical analysis won't always help with a jury, so you have to have to be charming and persuasive in more ways than one in order to win.
4) DO NOT go with pre-law. As I am in the process of applying, I can tell you first-hand that most law schools do not care what degree you have, so long as you have one. Different schools look at majors differently, but I know of NO law school that REQUIRES pre-law. I know a lot of English majors who have gotten in, a few criminal justice majors, and a couple of others. My degree is in management. Law schools care most about your undergad GPA, your LSAT scores, and your recommendation letters. A pre-law degree is absolutely useless in the real world, so get a different degree in a field that is somewhat interesting to you. That way you have a backup if you don't end up going to law school.
5) Your first choice of school is rather irrelevant. Having been there and done that all, I can tell you from experience that WHERE I went to school is of little consequence. Unless you are into Alumni connections or have proof of an Ivy League background, no one cares. If location, friends, party reputation, or sports teams play any part in your selection of schools, you're doing it wrong. Pick the most reasonable school (for your situation) that has the best program in what you want to study. If you want to go into law, a school heavy with philosophy, psychology, history, and language classes will help you more than a school which focuses on engineering or biology.
Well, I hope that helps. Have a good one.
Legal Assistance In Quebec?
Hi There I Live In Quebec Just Move Here From Ontario. I Was Wondering I Heard Of A Man That Represents People Who Are Incarserated. Not A Lawer But Someone Who Defends An Inmates Rights. If You Have Any Information That Would Help Even A Good Lawers As My Husband And I Are Needing A New Lawer For This Region Any Help Will Be Greatly Appreciated. We Are Facing 2 Attempt Cases If Your A Good Lawer We Would Love To Hear From You. Any Responce
Not to burst your bubble, but you wont get a good lawyer from Y/A. You should call the bar association in your area and ask for referrals of criminal lawyers period. You will then need to make an appointment and talk to this lawyer and be prepared to pay a retainer for his/her legal advice. In any criminal case, a good lawyer could prevent your husband from going back to jail or getting his sentence reduced. If there is a legal aide in your area, you might want to check that out, but most will not handle unless you are in the poverty level.
But even if you are looking for someone who is not a lawyer and as you state defends inmates rights, is not good. Many inmates while in prison will take up law and think they are experts. My husband who retired from law had a client in prison and this client would send him letters with numerous cases that he believed that my husband should use to defend him. He had no clue and 98% of the cases that he referenced, had absolutely no bearing on his criminal case.
Either way, you need a good criminal lawyer. good luck