Finding A Skilled Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will recognize that there are loads of lawyers in the area that advertise they specialize in your sort of case. This will make the process of finding one with significant amounts of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, in the event you follow the following it is possible to define your research on the right one out of very little time. The first task is to make a list of the lawyers that happen to be listed in the area specializing in your situation. While you are causeing this to be list you ought to only include those that you may have a good vibe about based on their advertisement. After that you can narrow this list down if you take a while evaluating their website. There you should be able to find the number of years they are practicing and a few general information about their success rates. At this stage your list needs to have shrunken further to individuals that you just felt had professional websites and an appropriate amount of experience. You should then take the time to lookup independent reviews of each attorney. Make sure to browse the reviews rather than just relying on their overall rating. The data in the reviews will give you a concept of how they interact with their customers and how much time they invest into each case that they are taking care of. Finally, you will need to meet up with a minimum of the very last three lawyers who have the credentials you are searching for. This will give you the time to truly evaluate how interested they can be in representing your case. It is crucial for you to follow many of these steps to actually find someone that has the correct degree of experience to help you get the ideal outcome.
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Does Legal Aid Help With Step-Parent Adoption?
Does Anybody Know If Legal Aid Will Help With Step-Parent Adoption?
Some will, and some won't. It depends upon their case load.
Step-parent adoption isn't that expensive, and is much cheaper than most adoptions. It will help if you have access to the first parent who's rights are either severed, or who will sign away their rights. If the first parent won't sign away rights, then there's a good chance legal aid won't help.
No matter what, it's a good idea for you to write a will, specifiying in it that your intentions to have your spouse adopt the child, and that you are granting custody to the spouse. We never know when our time is coming, and children need to be protected.
Need Legal Advice, Problem With An Lawyer?
The State This Takes Place Is In Ny, I Was Renting A Building Out Witht He Help Of An Insurance Broker. She Also Found An Lawyer For Me With My Knowledge. So We Accepted The Help Of This Layer. We Ask Him How Much It Cost For His Service An He Told Us It Will Cost No More Than 100 If The Deal Went Thru, If It Didnt It Should Be 400 Or 500$. Things Went Sour Between Me And The Broker. The Lawyer Was Hired By Her And Was Taking Her Side. He Added Things To The Lease That Was In Favor Of The Broker Such As An Increase In Sale Percentage She Will Get For Renting Out This Building. We Wont Agree To It And This Went On For Months. At The End, We Wont Sign The Contract N Ended The Deal. Now A Year And A Half Later, That Lawyer Sent Us A Bill Sayin We Owe Him 1,800$. We Felt That We Were Cheated And He Was Helping The Broker Instead Of Us. We Also Never Openly Accepted His Help N He Never Mention How Much It Was Going To Cost.He Was Hired By The Broker For Us, We Didnt Hire Him. He Said He'S Going To File A Law Suit If We Dont Pay Him.. What Should I Do?
While a written retainer agreement is not required other than for representation in a domestic relations matter, the absence of a written retainer agreement is going to make it very difficult for a lawyer to recover fees because the lawyer needs to document that his fee structures were clearly communicated, understood and accepted by the client. This is why no competent lawyer will represent a client without a signed retainer agreement even if it is not required by law.
Further, a lawyer cannot represent a client if there is a conflict of interest and it seems clear here that the lawyer had some kind of business arrangement with the broker which was conflict of interest. The conflict also seems severe enough that it could not be waived by your consent even if you gave it to the lawyer. As a result he probably doesn't have a valid claim for legal fees from you because there was no legitimate client attorney relationship.
Tell him in writing by certified mail that you are demanding arbitration for your fee dispute pursuant to Rule 1.5(f) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and are also filing a grievance against him with the grievance committee of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court for violation of Rule 1.7 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. He is required to submit to arbitration and if he is stupid enough to ignore your request for arbitration and files a lawsuit instead you can show your proof of demand of arbitration to the judge and his lawsuit will be thrown out of court (and the judge will also probably yell at him for his stupidity and ignorance and/or failure to follow the law).
Even if he backs off on the fee dispute I strongly recommend that you follow through with filing the grievance. There are currently 8 grievance committees and the one you want to file with depends on where the lawyer is located. See web page from the first link below to get the contact information for the grievance committee that covers the lawyers location and send a written complaint to them citing conflict of interest.
You can find out more about the arbitration process and your rights under it at the second link below.
How Can I Find A Good Lawyer?
There are a number is places that may help. Contact the American Bar Association online and figure out any information on any lawyers in your area. They should give specifics like the lawyers field of law specialty, any troubles against the attorney, etc. There is a website named Vivo, I believe that gives lawyer ratings and yrs of practicing by name. The library usually has a section that contains records of lawyers in your state and info on them. Check it out. Hope this helps.
Should I Become A Lawyer?
Im Going To Be Entering College Very Soon And Was Deciding What I Wanted To Do I Want To Become A Lawyer But I Heard That The Outlook For This Job And Need Will Not Be There In 8 Years When I Finish All My Schooling. Im Just Afraid Im Going To Spend All This Money Then Either Not Pass The Bar Exam Or End Up Being A Paralegal. What Should I Do? Become A Doctor Instead?
Britt...as a lawyer, I can tell you it's not a fun job and you will be expected to give up your life for your career. Parent's 25th wedding anniversary party you planned and Judge tells you at 5pm he expects written submissions in his chamber first thing in the morning...you have to skip the party....that sort of thing always happens. As for whether you'd wind up a paralegal, it would depend on your motivation and the work you're willing to put in...when I finished, jobs were hard to come by, but the most determined got the jobs....and in law, there are lots of determined, aggressive people!
My dad was a Doctor...that didn't look a whole lot better to me, particularly if you are "on call".
Maybe you should see if you can get some work experience in a law firm or prosecutor's office, talk to some lawyers and see what you think. I find about 90% of us wish we had done something else (at least hte criminal lawyers). And the money just isn't there in either of the professions anymore, and besides, what price can you put on a life?
I also recommend you rent the movie "Click" with Adam Sandler...it's about regretting how much time & energy you put into your career, at the expense of the more important things in life.
Have you considered film school, acting or something like that...all those people seem to love their jobs & can make so much more money than lawyers & doctors.
And re what Hott says about med school, law school's pretty much the same, and when you graduate you have to take all sorts of rubbish from some judges, who will also do everything they can to break you. 2 of my colleagues wound up in mental hospitals mid-way through trials, one after a judge told him he was the worst advocate he'd ever seen (and this guy was a nice hard working guy with a wife and kids who didn't deserve it). Good luck with making your decision and ignore people who say you shouldn't have asked here...it's a great place to ask.
Who Is The Best Houston Divorce Attorney?
Hi, I Live In Houston, Tx And I Am Looking For A Divorce Lawyer That Is In The Area. Do You Have Any Suggestions? I Need A Houston Divorce Attorney That Can Provide Me The Upper Hand In My Divorce Right Now. I Want To Make Sure I Have Custody Of My Children. Please Help!
Hi Sheena. I am a divorce attorney in Houston. I recommend you giving me a call at (832) 301-8225. It is important to have the upper hand in your divorce case, so I do recommend contacting a divorce lawyer in Houston immediately.
I have a proven track record to provide the best results in divorce cases. Custody, family cases, I can handle it all. First of all, just like the other person said, if you are the biological mother, and are fit to raise the children, there should be no problem having the judge to grant you custody in this divorce case.
Please call me at (832) 301-8225 if you have any questions. I would be willing to give you some free tips on what you should do.
Have a great day!
Can My Ex Change A Custody Agreement?
We Got Divorced A Year Ago, Since Than The Kids Have Lived With Me In Another State (4 And 2 Yr Old) Along With My 3 Other Children (One Of The 3 Other Kids Is His But He Allowed My Husband To Adopt Him So No Longer Has Right To Them) Since The Divorce He Has Seen The Kids Once For A Week And Calls Them/Skypes Them Once A Month And Blames It On His Job ....Well Today He Told Me Once He Gets Back On His Feet Within The Next 6-8Monthes Or So That Hes Requesting The Custody Be Changed So He Can Get The Kids During The Whole Summers Or Every Other Year Living With Him After The Kids Start School..Which I'D Rather Them Stay In The Same School Not Switching Every Year (He Works 10Hr Days 5 Days A Week So Not Sure How He'D Have Time For Them Like That) Will A Judge Grant Him Summer Custodys With Them Being So Young Or Make Me Switch Every Year ?
It's highly doubtful that he can get custody changed to such an extreme. Keep track of all the times he has actually visited and keep a diary of the calls and visits.
Usually they just like to threaten and scare the other person into thinking they can do things they really can't.
With his record of seeing his kids, it's very unlikely they will change the custody agreement. He can't even manage to see the kids during his scheduled times.
The courts will also take into account that you are married to a man in the military and you need to go where he goes, so they can also by pass the going out of state/country rules because of that. They may put a stipulation in the agreement that you have to send the kids to stay with their father, but again that's doubtful.
Let your ex threaten all he wants. He will need to stick with the original custody agreement for at least 3-4 years before the courts will even consider letting him get summer vacations. He has shown nothing that would tell the courts he's interested in his kids. He's just doing it because he's mad at you.
Good luck to you.