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3 Strategies To Know You've Picked The Right Lawyer It's pretty intimidating to undergo the legal court system, particularly if lack confidence in your legal team. Listed below are three important ways to realize that you've hired the correct lawyer: 1. They Specialize In Your Type Of Case Legislation is normally tricky and this requires specialists to tackle the tough cases. When you want a legal representative, look for person who works with the challenge you're facing. Even if a member of family or friend recommends you utilize a strong they are fully aware, if they don't use a focus that's similar to your case, keep looking. When your attorney is undoubtedly an expert, especially in the hassle you're facing, you understand you've hired the best one. 2. The Lawyer Carries A Winning Record According to the circumstances, it can be difficult to win a case, especially if the team helping you has virtually no experience. Look for practices that have won numerous cases that affect yours. Even though this is no guarantee which you case will be won, it will give you a significantly better shot. 3. They Listen And Respond In the event the attorney you've chosen takes time to hear your concerns and answer your inquiries, you've probably hired the right one. Regardless how busy these are or how small your concerns seem from the perspective, it's essential that they answer you inside a caring and timely manner. From the point of look at a regular citizen who isn't informed about the judicial system, court cases may be pretty scary you will need updates as well as to seem like you're portion of the solution. Some attorneys are merely more suitable to your case as opposed to others. Ensure you've hired the most appropriate team for your personal circumstances, to ensure that you can placed the matter behind you immediately. Faith in your legal representative is the initial step to winning any case.

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What Is A Lawyer Consultation For?
I Recently Got A Speeding Citation And Will Have To Go To Court. I Am Considering Using The Free 30-Minute Consultation That Many Lawyers Offer To Go In And Ask The Lawyer Some Basic Questions, Explain My Situation, And Ask How I Can Possibly Get Out Of A Heavy Penalty. As The Cost Of Hiring A Lawyer Would Probably Be Higher Than The Penalty They Give Me, I Am Planning To Only Use This Consultation As A Time To Ask Some Questions, Without The Intent Of Hiring The Lawyer. Is This Not What Consultations Are For? Should I Try To Get A Consultation With The Lawyer, Or Are These Consultations Supposed To Only Be Used To Determine If You Have A Case And Are Considering Hiring The Lawyer? Thank You.

If the lawyer says he'll talk to you for a certain amount of time for free, then he must do so. And he can't waste the time on the frivolous. It must be meaningful time. Most state bars are pretty serious about that.

How much the fine would be, though, isn't what should determine whether you go ahead and spend even MORE than that amount would be on a lawyer.

The goal is to keep from having a criminal conviction on your record. Granted, it's only a speeding ticket, but believe me when I tell you that once you have that ticket on your driving record, you will pay MANY TIMES MORE in increased insurance premiums than what the attorney will cost. In fact, the cost of increased insurance premiums will probably be more, over time, than both what the attorney costs, PLUS the court costs, PLUS the fine.

Trust me on this: HIRE A LAWYER... even on a mere speeding ticket.

I'll tell you when I learned the value of being represented, even only for a mere speeding ticket: Twenty-something years ago, I got a ticket in Chicago (I was living in Northwest Indiana, just 30-something miles from Chicago) at the time. I thought about going in and just handling it myself, but something... I don't know what... just made me go ahead and hire an attorney who not only specializes in traffic matters, but who also practices a lot in the specific court in which I was to appear.

And, oh, what a difference he made! When we walked into the court room, he told me to sit down in the back row and keep my mouth shut. Even if my name was called, he told me, just keep my butt in the chair and my lips sealed tight.

He then walked up to the front of the court room, through the little gates, past everyone, and right up to the prosecutor's table. They clearly knew one another, and joked a little. He then pulled out my file and showed it to her, said about 50 words which I couldn't make out, and next thing I knew they were shaking hands...

...two minutes later the prosecutor was asking the judge to take a case out of order, and it was mine. She moved to have the moving violation reduced to a non-moving violation, and a small fine... no points. The judge asked if I was present and before I could even stop myself from saying I was, my lawyer said he represented me (and, of course, the judge recognized him and greeted him), and next thing I heard was the gavel while the judge said, "so ordered. Next case."

Ten minutes later, I had paid my $50 fine, plus something like $67 in court costs; and five minutes after that I was on out on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse, shaking my lawyer's hand and bidding him adieu. Case closed.

In exchange for the mere $1,000 I paid him, plus the $50 fine and $67 court costs that I paid to the clerk of the court...

...I avoided a conviction for a moving violation which, had I been convicted, would have amounted to four points on my license (on a 12-point scale); and the fine for which would have been about $500 plus the extremely unlikely risk of a day or something like that in jail (which is nearly never ordered). Plus I would still have had to pay the $67 court costs; plus my car insurance premiums, upon that conviction, would have more than doubled... costing, over a period of the next three years over $3,600.

So, you decide: $1,000 for a lawyer plus a little $50 fine, plus $67 in court costs...


...a $500 fine, plus $67 in court costs, plus a MINIMUM of $3,600 in increased premiums over a MINIMUM of the next three years (probably longer, which means probably more).

Of course, that was all twenty-something years ago... so instead of my numbers, above, use whatever all those numbers would be TODAY. Probably DOUBLE!

So, again, TRUST ME: Get a lawyer. Don't just do the freebie consultation, HIRE him/her.

Or so it is my advice.

Hope that helps.

What Are The Areas Of Practice For A Commercial Litigation Law Firm?
I Am Applying For A Position With A Law Firm That Handles Commercial Liability. Does Anyone Know What Commercial Liability Is Exactly? In What Areas Do The Attorneys Typically Practice?

I practice commercial litigation. Essentially we do resolve disputes between persons or entities that involve contracts, fiduciariy duties, fraud. Usually the cases involve breach of contract and all of the other issues that go along with it, such as misrepresentation, fraud, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation. We also get into some professional liability issues. Did you take UCC? If so, that pretty much covers most of the issues. However, many firms that practice commercial litigation really practice more than what is truly "commercial" and do more general litigation work, even torts or some white collar defense.

Can I Ask Police For A Legal Advice?? Please Help!?
I Had Accident Few Months Back. And I T Was My Fault. I Had No Insurance.Now Tht Other Guys Insurance Company Asking Me 2 Pay $4000 For The Damage.And I Am Not Aware Of Such Damage. He Contactd His Insurance Some One Month Later Coz His Dad Was Overseas And He Was The Onwer Of The Car. Now What Shud I Do?? I Have No Idea Who To Ask! Can I Ask Police For An Advice Or Is There Anyother Place.. I Am In Perth Australia.

1. Ideally you would have taken photos of the damage to both cars at the time of the incident. So as in the case of a dispute some months later you have some evidence to support your case.
2. This is the website for legal aid in WA - The cost for initial legal advice (usually about half an hour) is $20 or $5 concession.
3. The best thing you can do is get some cheap legal aid as I informed you in point (2). Good luck

Successful, Insane Lawsuits?
How Do You Win A Ridiculous Lawsuit Such As A Woman Suing Mcdonald'S For Millions Of Dollars For Spilling Hot Coffee On Herself? Have Any Of You Had Any Similar Experiences?

First - never believe everything you read.

For example, your opinion might change if you learned that:

1. McDonalds had previously received numerous complaints from CHILDRENS hospitals regarding scalding of children.

2. McDonalds had already determined that the coffee was dangerously hot, and if drunk at the temperature set in their stores, it would not only be undrinkable, but could cause serious permanent injuries to people who drink it (this was not merely hot coffee).

3. McDonalds had decided that the time lost in re-setting thermostats was not worth the money. HENCE, the big damages.

4. McDonalds coffee is now substantially less hot than it was before the woman (who suffered third-degree burns, incidentally, requiring skin grafts and reconstructive surgery). Its still plenty hot -- and can give you first degree burns, but not third degree, debilitating burns.

Ok, so what about the really ridiculous lawsuits?

How about someone who falls off ladder, and then blames ladder company? Happens hundreds of times a year. But the fact is, that ladder companies win 85% of those lawsuits. Although rarely successful, the ladder companies spend tens of thousands of dollars on each case to defend the frivolous lawsuit.

There are other ridiculous lawsuits.

But who is to blame?

The problem is, lawyers know that, if they sue, insurance companies will often settle for the costs of defense, rather than spend that money on a defense and still POSSIBLY lose. For example, if it will cost $50-$100k to defend a lawsuit (these numbers are real), then it makes sense to settle for $50,000-$100,000 (you would have spent it anyway on lawyers and experts) and KNOW you will not lose more.

Is it the fault of the plaintiffs? No. In a capitalist society, the profit motive is pure. You cannot blame the plaintiff for following the profit motive.

Is it the fault of the trial lawyer? No. They know that if they settle the case for $75,000 (middle number), they get $25,000. They know that 97% of all lawsuits filed result in a settlement.

Is it the fault of the defense attorney? No, he is trying to defend the company.

Is it the fault of the law? No, because someone who is really hurt due to someone else's negligence should be made whole (you broke it, you fix it).

Whose fault is it? You bet - its the insurer. An insurance policy has two parts -- defense (they must provide a lawyer( and indemnity (payment for damages). Because they continue to settle stupid lawsuits, it provides the incentive for plaintiffs to continue to seek lawyers, and lawyers to file suit. If they would put more emphasis of defense, and trust that juries will do the right thing (which almost always happens), then lawyers will be far more reluctant to spend lots of their own money with a good chance of getting nothing back (plaintiff lawyers do not get paid unless the "win", whihc is almost guaranteed with insurers settling all the time).

What Do Lawyers Do Exactly?
So I'M Thinking About Becoming A Lawyer When I Grow Up. But I Don'T Know What They Do Exactly. Does Anyone Know What A Lawyer Actually Does? Also I Heard That Some Lawyers Make Good Money. Why Is That? How Do I Become A Lawyer That Makes Good Money?

Look for work.

Choosing a career is one of life's most important and difficult decisions. But knowing what your expectations are, and then comparing them to the realities will help you make educated decisions.

There are more attorneys than there are legal employment positions. We simply already have way too many Legal Professionals. AND the legal profession is dramatically changing: it is in absolute CRISIS! Job searching in this vocational field has changed >>DRAMATICALLY<< in the last five years. And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years.....

Be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are STILL in a World-wide Recession. Obviously, economic conditions affect the number of jobs available. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<< Even in a Recovery, there are some jobs that just won't return - the field of Law won't make a comeback. Too many things have changed in this vocational field.

Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV.

Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!!<<<

School loans are "non-dischargeable debts" - which means you cannot just write them off in bankruptcies (except in extremely rare cases).

Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves.

>>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<

If you don't believe me, then:
**Check out these websites:
(A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)
**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law.
**Call some local law firms - ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in the field of Law. Ask them if they have any current open positions. Ask them how many resumes they receive when they advertise ONE open position. (It is ususally approximately 300 resumes are received for each open position advertised.)
**Talk to recent law graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities.<<<<<<<<<<<<
**Read these books:
>"So You Want to be a Lawyer?" by Marianne Calabrese and Susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1)
>"CourtRoom 302" by Steve Bogira (ISBN 10: 0-679-75206-4); and
>"Ultimate Punishment" by Scott Turow (ISBN 0-374-12873-1.

If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare<<<, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.

There are MANY issues of working in the vocational field of Law. My answer is an attempt to give you a realistic way of looking at this career, and I have told you things that most will not tell you about the profession - at first. Be careful, do your research, and have your eyes open wide.

Good luck.

(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)

Question Regarding Felony Charges?
I Was Recently Charged With Grandtheft Felony By The Police Officer, And I Returned The Goods That I Took. Since This Was My First Offense And I Had Never Gotten Into Anything Like This Before, The Police Officer Didn'T Arrest Me, Just Had A Talk, Asked Me Why I Did It And Everything, And Filed The Criminal Charge. I Am Waiting For Something In The Mail, I Guess From District Attorney. Is There Any Way They Will Drop The Felony To Misdemeanor If Im Good Student, And Haven'T Had Any Prior Convictions, Or Will They Give Me Felony, Then I Have To Hire A Lawyer And Ask Him To Get My Felony Charges Dropped To Misdemanor, I Dont Want This To Affect My Career, It Was A Stupid Mistake And Im Remorseful For My Actions. This Is In Florida. The Police Officer Claimed I Will Only Get Something Like Probation And Community Service, And Hopefully No Jail Time. Do Not Know How To Proceed, Anxiously Waiting For Something In The Mail

Hey. The police officer is not the prosecutor, so do not listen to what will possibly happen. No one knows what a judge or prosecutor will do. Never go to court with a charge like this without an attorney. Always prepare for the worst. Get an attorney. It should not be that much $$. It's worth it. The attorney is most likely aquainted with the DA and most of the judges. Since it is your first offense, any competent attorney can get what is called a deferred adjudication, which basically means if you stay out of trouble for one year, they will dismiss the charge a year later after you have proven that you have stayed out of trouble. If not that, he should be able to get it knocked down to a municipal violation which can be expunged from your record a few years later.

Just call a couple attorneys. They are familiar. Should not cost over $1,000; $500 possibly. It's simple stuff. Good luck & Stay out of trouble!