Finding A Skilled Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will see that there are numerous lawyers in your neighborhood that advertise which they specialize in your kind of case. This could make the entire process of finding one with a lot of experience a bit of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below it will be possible to limit your quest off to the right one out of very little time. The first task is to produce a selection of the lawyers which are listed in the area specializing in your circumstances. When you are making this list you need to only include those that you may have a good vibe about according to their advertisement. You can then narrow this list down if you take a little while evaluating their site. There you should be able to find the number of years they have been practicing plus some general details about their success rates. At this stage your list ought to have shrunken further to the people which you felt had professional websites plus an appropriate amount of experience. You ought to then make time to check out independent reviews of each attorney. Make sure you see the reviews rather than counting on their overall rating. The data in the reviews will give you a solid idea of how they interact with the clientele and the length of time they invest into each case that they are taking care of. Finally, you should talk with at the very least the final three lawyers who have the credentials you are looking for. This gives you the time to really evaluate how interested these are in representing you and the case. It is imperative that you follow all of these steps to ensure that you hire a company which has the correct amount of experience to help you get the best possible outcome.
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How Much Does A Lawyer/Attorney Make Fresh Out Of Law School As A Starting Salary?
I Heard From Various Individuals That Law School Is Not Even Worth It. Once You Get Into Law School, An Incredible Amount Of Debt Gets Racked Up, Thus Decreasing Your Actual Salary Once Starting The Profession. Also I Have Heard That Once You Actually Graduate From Law School And Become A Certified Lawyer/Attorney, It Is Incredibly Hard To Find A Job At A Law Firm As Law Firms Are Really Doing You A Favor By Hiring You. Is This True? I Have Also Heard That Once You Start Working For A Law Firm, You Only Make About $30-40K A Year, With Huge Amounts Of Debt Piled On.
I Really Enjoy Law And Find It Incredibly Interesting But These Shortcomings Of Being A(N) Lawyer/Attorney Makes Me Want To Look Elsewhere For A Career.
I Need To Know Are These Sayings True Or Not? (Please Answer In Complex Detail):
1) Are Law Firms Really Doing You A Favor By Hiring You And Is Finding A Job Difficult?
2) Is The Starting Salary For A(N) Lawyer/Attorney $30-$40K And If So, How Long Does It Take To Finally Start Earning Six Figures After Continuing The Profession?
Thank You In Advance!
Here are my stats:
I am a licensed attorney who went to a top-100 law school. I graduated in the top half of my class. I have a unique specialization - tax - that most attorneys don't want to touch, and will soon have advanced licenses in addition my law license for tax practice.
I owe $120,000 in law school debt alone. I had a full scholarship for undergrad, so I had no student debt going in to law school. Most kids aren't that lucky.
I currently make $48,000 at an accounting firm. I'm not even technically working as an attorney. I do legal research, write memos, call and write letters to the IRS and state taxing bodies, but I don't have JD on my business card or any indication on my work correspondence that I'm a lawyer. It's frustrating and mildly humiliating.
My friends and classmates make between $40,000 and $110,000. The one making $40k works as a county prosecutor, and she only works 40-45 hours a week. Two making around $60,000 work as civil litigators, one in PI, one in general litigation, both work 60-70 hours a week. The one making $110,000 works at a large firm in their tax department, not by her own choice. She works 80 hours a week. She has literally not had a day off since she started work last August. Not Thanksgiving, not Christmas, not even her birthday. She has not had a single day where she did not work and bill time.
You make good money as a lawyer one of two ways - (1) go to a good school, land in the top of your class, and work for a large law firm, working like a slave; (2) get experience in a small or mid-sized firm and then get to the point where you open your own office and build a client base that generates good revenue. As a point of personal advice, you actually have more net worth doing the latter than the former. Most big-shot lawyers I know are in debt up to their eyeballs. They're awful at managing money, so even though they can have huge salaries they're still just as broke as they were starting out as a first-year associate. Debt is your worst enemy.
In Search Of A Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer In Indianapolis That Is Not Involved With Indiana Legal Aid.?
I Make More Than The Required 125% Poverty Level To Qualify For Legal Aid. I Am Afraid Of Going To Court With My Ex Over Child Support Modification. He Will Have A Lawyer And I Will Not Be Able To Assert My Side Of The Decision Process.
Is There A Good Lawyer Or Law Firm In Ecuador Anyone Would Recommend?
I'M Looking For A Recommendation Or Reviews Of Lawyers In Ecuador To Help With Doing Business / Getting Work And Travel Visas From The Us
I lived in Ecuador for awhile (I'm from Chicago) and found a great, honest lawyer down there. He's a Partner in his own law firm that helps with any kind of international needs: setting up businesses, work visas, travel visas, etc. Very smart and nice guy - you won't go wrong. His law firm's website is:
Definitely the right place.
Can I Sue My Lawyer For Not Rendering Services?
Help! My To-Be Ex And I Are Going Through A Divorce...Or I Should Say Trying To Get A Divorce. We Paid For An Attorney At The End Of October, She Sent Me Some Basic Forms To Get The Filing Started However She Had To Make Corrections...We Are Now In Middle Of March And She Still Has Made The Changes, Filled Or Even Followed Up With Me Respectably Except For The Comment &Quot;I'Ll Get Back To You Tomorrow&Quot; And Then Never Does. We Just Want Our Divorce To Be Complete, We Don'T Have Any Differeneces About The Way Of Separation But We Wanted It Handled By A Professional. Can Anyone Advise How I Can Ditch This Lawyer And Get Our Money Back Or Sue Her For Not Rendering Services In Which She Was Paid For?
File a complaint with the state bar association. Many state bars will step in and help clients with incompetent attorneys. What you describe is a very common reason for attorneys to get in trouble with the bar. You can leave her a message first saying if she does not respond in 24 hours and have a check ready with a refund, you will file a complaint with the bar.
You can sue her, in small claims. But she will probably suddenly file the paperwork as soon as you do and you will still be stuck with her.
Legal Advice On Divorce/Seperation Law?
Hi. I Need Advice For My Aunt. My Aunt Is Going To Separate/Divorce From My Uncle Due To Indifferences. They Are Married With A Prenuptual Agreement (What Is Hers She Keeps, And What Is His He Keeps). The Children Are 2 Girls, Aged 16 And 18 Year Old, And They Are Adopted By The Wife And Husband In Question. So, I Have A Few Questions Regarding This..
#1 Will He Have To Pay Child Support For The Children For Food/School Fees/Housing Money.
#2 For How Long Will He Have To Support The Children?
#3 Will He Be Able To Get Custody Of The Children, Or Will She Get The Custody?
The Couple In Question Are In South Africa, But Divorce Law Is Rather Universal, So Your Area'S Law Should Be The Same As In Other Countries.
Please Give The Source Of Your Advice/Information.
Thank You In Advance.
I live in the U.S. and have been a paralegal for some years.
#1: The child support amount is inclusive of expenses you mentioned (food, housing, etc.), not separate. Child support is usually dependent solely upon the income of the obligor (the person required to pay child support). The prenuptial agreement would cover assets and alimony only, NOT child support.
#2: In my state, child support is paid until the age of 18, or until the child graduates from high school, whichever comes later. If the 18 year old has finished high school (or its equivalent), he would not be required to pay.
#3: Custody depends on many factors. If she has been the "primary caregiver" for the children, she will likely retain that by having primary custody. However, where the children are over the age of 13 (in most states), they are able to decide where they would like to live, if living arrangements allow them to make a choice between households.
Family/divorce law can be very state-specific, so I imagine there are significant differences between South Africa and the U.S. Her best bet is to consult with a lawyer (in the U.S., often initial consultations are free of charge) and go from there.
Real Estate Legal Document?
If A Real Estate Document Doesnt Have A Maturity Due Date On It Is It Still Legal? I Was Told That No Date Could Make It Invalid.
You are correct. It MAY make it invalid, but not necessarily.
I am not sure exactly what you mean by 'maturity date', or what type of document to which you refer. However, if you are speaking of documents which relate to offers to purchase (documents of sale/purchase, etc.) a missing date may cause confusion in the stated terms of the document and may therefore allow an opening for either one or both of the parties to invalidate the agreement.
This does not prevent both parties from reaching an agreement to correct the date deficiency, which is pretty simple to do by addendum to the particular document, signed by both parties.