Finding A Highly Skilled Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will recognize that there are loads of lawyers in your town that advertise which they concentrate on your sort of case. This could make the procedure of finding one with a great deal of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below it will be possible to restrict your research to the correct one in very little time. Step one is to make a set of the lawyers which are listed in your neighborhood that specialize in your situation. While you are which makes this list you ought to only include those you have an excellent vibe about based on their advertisement. You may then narrow this list down through taking a while evaluating their site. There you should certainly find how many years they are practicing and a few general details about their success rates. At this point your list ought to have shrunken further to individuals which you felt had professional websites and an appropriate level of experience. You need to then take the time to lookup independent reviews of every attorney. Be sure you read the reviews rather than counting on their overall rating. The data in the reviews gives you a solid idea of how they connect to their customers and how much time they invest into each case they are working on. Finally, you will need to meet up with a minimum of the final three lawyers which may have the credentials you would like. This gives you time to truly evaluate how interested they are in representing you and the case. It is actually crucial for you to follow all of these steps to ensure that you find someone that has the proper measure of experience to help you get the best possible outcome.
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Questions For All Lawyers!!!!?
I Keep Hearing That Unless You Are A Yale Or Harvard Graduate, That Lawyers Don'T Make A Lot Of Money. That They Make Decent Figures But That It Is Not Like What Many Would Imagine.
Is This True? Also How Is The Job Security Of Lawyers?
I am an employment lawyer. I have my own firm. I am not rich. To the poster who said all lawyers are rich, please tell me how I can be rich when I only made $8,500 last year. The line that all lawyers are rich is wrong and totally out of date.
Since the 1970's law schools become more interested in selling classing than training a few talented lawyers to take up the few jobs available. If you go to one of those meet & greets put on by law schools the school's salesman (yes that is what that person is no matter what their title is) will promise you that you will get a job and make lots of money. Once you sign up for the school you will never see the salesman again -- you have been conned.
So now we have more lawyers being turned out from law school, twice a year, than there are jobs. And when the law schools report how many of their graduates get jobs they count anyone who works in a law firm or legal dept including secretaries, clerks, paralegals, receptionists. Two years ago the American Bar Assoc did a survey about salaries and found the average starting salary is around $40,000, and the the new attorney carries around $100,000 educational debt.
There is no guarantee that graduating from Yale or Harvard will help, but the facts are that more of those graduates get jobs. The only for sure way to know you will get a job is to have mommy or daddy in the legal profession and pull some strings for you.
Job security is the same as everyone else. Places like findlaw.com, the national law journal, and the American Bar Assoc newsletters are filled with massive layoffs from the big firms. Many of these huge firms have already announced they will not be hiring anyone right out law school until 2011. The only job security in this profession is owning your own law firm --- and then you will have the problem of putting all your time 24/7 into the firm and getting low pay.
I Am Trying To Get Help With My Divorce But, Legal Aid Wont Help Me , Where Do I Turn Now?
I Need Help With This And I Dont Have Much Money For The Divorce And Wont Help Pay For It Either.... Someone If You Know Anything Rather You Think It Will Help Or Not Please Let Me Know!
you file it, you pay it.
Lawyers have payment options.
Consultation is free for some lawyers.
What'S The Difference Between An Attorney, Paralegal, And Lawyer?? (No This Isnt A Joke, Sorry.)?
I Just Dont Know The Difference Between These Three.
Attorney and Lawyer are the same. After graduating from college, they must be accepted into a Law School, and upon graduation pass a State Bar Exam in each state they will practice law in.
A Paralegal is a person trained in legal research and practices, however it is illegal for them to solicit or practice law, and they can not represent "clients" in a Court of Law. Why aren't the folks that advertise for "cheap Paralegal divorces..." getting in trouble? They are selling "legal typing services"
Will Law Firms Hire An Attorney As A Paralegal Or Legal Assistant?
I Graduated With Honors From A Top Tier Law School A Few Years Ago And Passed The Bar On The First Attempt. However, For Whatever Reason (Maybe The Economy), I Have Yet To Secure A Full-Time, Permanent Position As An Attorney. My Loans Are Accruing Interest, And I Have No Benefits.
I Have Applied For Numerous Non-Legal Positions; However, I Can Never Get An Interview (Perhaps I'M Over-Qualified Or They Feel There Will Be A Lack Of Commitment). I Have Even Considered &Quot;Dumbing Down&Quot; My Resume To Just Show My Undergraduate Degree. The Problem Is That I Would Have Several Years Of Unexplained Time.
However, I Really Do Want To Practice Law And Remain In The Field Of Law. Consequently, Another Thought That Has Crossed My Mind Is To Work As A Paralegal Or Legal Assistant. I Would Get Paid More Than I Am Making Now, And I Would Have Benefits. Most Importantly, I Would Still Obtain Some Sort Of Legal Experience (Issue Spotting, Research And Writing). I Could Work As A Paralegal Or Assistant Until I Find An Attorney Position, Or The Position Could Get My Foot In The Door Into That Particular Firm.
Any Thoughts Or Advice? Also, How Could I Convince A Recruiting Partner To Hire An Attorney As A Paralegal Or Legal Assistant?
Thank You In Advance!
Been there, done that. Dumbed down the resume and left off the JD. It did get me a job, but not in law.
I practiced law for a number of years and I am now working as a paralegal. But probably because I did solo practice and handled everything, they figured I knew the paralegal part of things. That's the problem with law school, you learn to think like a lawyer, but you don't learn how to practice law.
You can certainly apply for the jobs. My small family firm was very excited that I had been to law school. It also helped that I'm a pro at medical issues.
I suggest you learn Spanish. It will make you more employable as a paralegal and even as a lawyer.
If it makes you feel better, when I got out of law school, unemployment was 10% and even our valedictorian had trouble getting a job. There's a lot of competition.
While you are waiting, try volunteering at Victim/Witness Assistance programs, Legal Aid, or other low cost legal programs. Then you have real experience to put on a resume.
To convince a partner, tell them you want to understand all aspects of law and working as a paralegal will help you know the big picture. Tell them you hope to gain invaluable experience and that you hope to move up through the firm.
The big concern, if it's a small firm, is that you will leave when you get enough background to get a job as a lawyer. I'm not licensed in my current state, so they don't have that concern.
Edit: I'm not earning pauper's wages, I'm the highest paid paralegal on staff and started as the highest. I'm no disbarred, I'm just licensed in another state. Like someone else mentioned, there's no reciprocity between my states and I also don't care to practice law any more.
Legal Lawyers Only Please!!!?
Basically They Fired Me. I Am 4 Going On 5 Months Pregnant And I Came In On The 16Th Of January To Work With A Doctors Note Stating That I Could Not Lift No More Than 10-15 Lbs. Three Hours Later I Was Called To The Hr Office With My Boss As Well And They Both Told Me &Quot;I'M Sorry, But I Cannot Accomadate For Your Restrictions. When You Can Bring A Doctors Release Stating That You Can Lift 75 Lbs. Than You Can Come Back To Work.&Quot; I Told Them That I Have A Car Payment To Make And They Presided To Tell Me To Call My Car Place And Explain To Them The Situation And That To Ask Them If I Can Only Pay My Interest Until I Can Come Back. I Told The Hr Woman That I Highly Doubt That My Doctor Will Lift My Restrictions On Me Lifting Things. So My Boss Told Me To Go Home. I Went Back To My Jobsite Out In The Warehouse To Get My Belongings And Went Back To The Front And Asked My Hr Lady If I Was Fired And She Said &Quot;Oh No We'Ll Work With You&Quot;
Go to the EEOC they handle discrimation / harrassment and will even represent you sometimes. The link goes to the rights of pregnant eployees
I am not a lawyer. Only licensed lawyers can give legal advise.
What'S The Best Way To Negotiate A Severance Package? Should I Hire A Labor Lawyer?
Should The Labor Lawyer Be At A Meeting With Me To Handle The Negotiations? Or Do I Just Get The Advice From Them And Negotiate Myself. I Am On Fmla And My Company On Week 4 Out Of 16 Weeks And They Called To Tell Me That My Position Has Been Terminated. The Labor Department In My State Told Me That The Company Is In Violation Because They Should Have Waited Until The End Of My Fmla Leave. I Want To Use That As Leverage To Increase My Severance Package But Wanted To Hear From Labor Lawyers If I Should Do It Myself Or Go In With A Lawyer.
I would go talk to a labor lawyer but I would not tell your former employer. In my state a company is in no way required to pay severance. If they do it is usually 2 weeks pay for each year of service.
They were not continuing to pay you when you were on leave were they?
Anyway go talk to a lawyer. If he can make some money out of this he will take your case.