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Finding A Skilled Lawyer Whatever your legal needs are you will see that there are many lawyers in your town that advertise which they specialize in your sort of case. This will make the process of finding one with a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, if you follow the tips below you will be able to limit your quest on the right one in very little time. The initial step is to create a listing of the lawyers that are listed in the area focusing on your situation. While you are causeing this to be list you need to only include those that you may have a good vibe about depending on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down by using a bit of time evaluating their internet site. There you should be able to find the number of years they have been practicing and some general details about their success rates. At this point your list should have shrunken further to individuals which you felt had professional websites plus an appropriate amount of experience. You should then spend some time to lookup independent reviews of each attorney. Make sure you see the reviews rather than just depending on their overall rating. The data inside the reviews gives you a solid idea of the way that they interact with the clientele and how much time they invest into each case that they are taking care of. Finally, you should meet up with a minimum of the last three lawyers that have the credentials you would like. This provides you with the time to genuinely evaluate how interested they can be in representing you and the case. It really is crucial for you to follow many of these steps to actually hire a company containing the best amount of experience to get you the perfect outcome.

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How Do You Report A Lawyer That Commited Fraud?
I'M Involved In A Case Where The Attorney Committed Fraud And I Want To Report Them To The Ca Bar Association. Where And How I Do That?

Confused, filing will be easier than getting much action unless it's an attorney that the BAR doesn't like. There's a brotherhood as is found with doctors, police officers and other highly specialized professions. But here's the skinny for California, There's a link for the complaint form in the source box. The BAR is usually used for unethical behavior. Your first stop may be a meeting with your local district attorney or prosecuting attorney. This is the honcho that will handle the criminal indictments in any particular county. If the target of your wrath IS THE prosecuting attorney, a meeting with your state's Attorney General may be in order as the office of prosecutor is an elected position of the public trust.

You should register a complaint with the State Bar if you believe that your lawyer acted improperly, but not just because there is some disagreement between you, or you believe he or she did a poor job. For such a disagreement, you should pursue alternative methods of settling attorney-client disputes, when available.

All lawyers who practice in California must live up to ethical standards imposed by the California Supreme Court and the state legislature. As an arm of the California Supreme Court, the State Bar investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyers.

Depending on the seriousness of the offense, a lawyer can be given a warning, put on probation, suspended from practicing law for a period of time, or disbarred - prohibited from practicing law in California.

The bar has limited authority to discipline lawyers for such behavior as rudeness or making a single honest mistake. It is limited by law to complaints about unethical behavior as defined in the Rules of Professional Conduct and/or the State Bar Act.

If you believe that your lawyer acted unethically, you should file a complaint. The complaint form should be mailed to the State Bar at the address indicated. Be sure to follow the instructions.

Some things you should know about filing a complaint:

* There is no fee to file a complaint.
* You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to file a complaint.
* When you register a complaint, you should supply photocopies of any papers, such as letters or canceled checks that relate to the problem.
* The State Bar will send you postcard when your complaint form has been received.
* Your complaint will be input into the computer system and a State Bar lawyer will read it to determine how the complaint will proceed. This process can take from two to three weeks.
* Your complaint will then be assigned to a staff member to conduct an investigation.
* You will be informed of the status of the investigation by a State Bar representative.
* At the end of the investigation you will be informed in writing if your complaint will proceed to prosecution in the State Bar Court or if it will be closed.

Alternative methods of settling attorney-client disputes

Attorney Complaint Form

Rules of Professional Conduct

State Bar Act

NOTE: The State Bar's primary jurisdiction is in the regulation of attorneys. However, it is authorized by statute to take limited action against non-attorneys under certain circumstances. If you have information about the possible unlawful practice of law by an unlicensed individual, please call 1-800-843-9053. You should send supporting documents or other information to: The State Bar of California, Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, Intake Unit, 1149 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015-2299, Attn: UPL Project.

Question About Employment Law!?
You Hired Someone To Paint The Outside Your House, Trim Your Bushes And Trees, Plant The Garden, And Stain Your Redwood Deck While You Took An Extended Trip To Florida. While You Were Gone, The Person You Hired Stumbled Over Your Paint And Fell Off The Deck And Broke Their Leg. They Were Unable To Work For 3 Months. They Wanted You To Pay Them Worker'S Compensation For Their Injuries Since They Were Employed By You. If The Guy Correct? Should You Pay For Worker'S Compensation?

worker's compensation does NOT apply under these circumstances,
the injured person was NOT an employee, this is NOT a question about employment law

the painter/handy-person was a contractor working in a home, NOT an employee.
the home owners liability insurance should cover this but it would probably pay very little....
this is why you should only hire contractors who are licensed and insured....

the "guy" is NOT correct, workers compensation would not/does not apply, if the home owners liability insurance did not pay (or had limits) then the "guy" that was injured would have to sue in civil court for lost wages, medical cost, etcetera....

Finding An Attorney In South Florida Regarding Copyright Issues, Nationally And Internationally?
Turns Out That I May Need To Consult An Attorney Regarding Setting Up A Working Agreement Between An Artist And Myself As Writer. The Piece Is A Visual Literary Work. As I Understand It, A Good Attorney Will Consult With Me For Free, So How Do I Go About Finding A Good Attorney In My Area Aka South Florida Aka Miami?

The main directory of attorneys is -- you can search by location and practice area. I suggest choosing a few likely candidates, call them up, ask if they offer a free consultation, and choose whoever you seem to get along with the best.

Is It Worth Obtaining A Disability Lawyer?
I Am Thinking Of Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits And Am Being Told To Hire An Attorney To Help. Anyone Have Experience With This And What Was Their Fee?

start the process on-line at:

Social Security has a stringent definition of disabled it is not just a matter of having a disability but that disabilty must prevent you from doing ANY type of substinitive work. most are denied at first and also denied at the reconsideration many are approved after seeing the Administrative Judge (this is the third level of the process).
an attorney is not needed, the key is when you see the Administrative Judge what your Primary Care Provider has stated will be given the most weight but that statement must be clear that you can not do ANY work. if you have transferable job skills then it is harder to be considered disabled. age also plays a major factor in the determination if you are over 50 when you become disabled.

if you have doubts about your ability to follow through and present all the evidence needed contact an atorney to assist you.
if you decide to retain counsel they should not charge you any up front fees. they are paid out of any back payment you receive and that amount is determined by SSA with a maximum being 25% or $5300.00 (whichever is higher) of your back paid benefits. SSA actually determines the fee and writes the check to the attorney not you.

this can be a long process on average 3 years, of course some are approved at the first filing less then 7% nationwide and a little over 60% of all claims are approved (after all appeals have been completed).

you do receive a lump-sum for any back benefits you are due.
the lump sum is based on your monthly benefit amount times the number of back months you were due.
from the date you file, if you are approved, you can get benefits from 1 year prior to the filing date (if you were disabled that long back) once you are determined to be disabled they will also set the date that disability started.

Why Does The Standard Of Proof In Criminal Law Cases Set Such A High Bar In Comparison To Civil Law Cases?

Because the penalties are so much more severe in criminal cases than in civil cases.

For example, civil cases can never end with a penalty of imprisonment -- an extremely severe penalty.

@ All: Arizona Law: Perfectly Legal ... But Will It Work?
Http://Libertypost.Org/Cgi-Bin/Readart.Cgi?Artnum=288448 The First Good Critique I Have Seen From A Doubter Of The Arizona Law Comes From My Friend Bill West, Who Used To Be A Top Federal Immigration Official In Florida. Bill Agrees With Me That There Is No Valid Legal Objection To The New State Statute. His Reservation Is Practical: In Most Cases Involving Brief Police Stops To Investigate Criminal Activity That Is Not Particularly Serious, It Won'T Work; And In Most Cases Involving Arrests For Serious Offenses, It Is Superfluous. As Usual, The Problem Is The Federal Government. As Bill Explains It To Me, He Doesn'T Think The Law Will Work Because: The Immigration System – That Record System That Arizona Law Enforcement Officers Are Supposed To Rely Upon To &Quot;Verify&Quot; Illegal Status Under 8 Usc 1373(C) – Is Unreliable And Ineffective....Http://Libertypost.Org/Cgi-Bin/Readart.Cgi?Artnum=288448

i have some small reservations about the act, though nothing to do with the legality of it but more to be with the practical side of applying it. (and i'm just throwing them out there for you all to consider as 'what may happens')

firstly as you have already mentioned the whole thing rests on the support and information given to the people on the ground, and as already mentioned by you, that is lacking or at least not 100% reliable.

secondly, sooner or later a latino-american citizen or organisation will take this act to court on racial discrimination lines, (because plenty of Mexican-American citizens will be stopped again and again)
now to stop this happening there are two main 'work arounds'
1) you simply have the act but don't use it
2) you ensure that non latinos are also checked - while the vast majority of illegals in Arizona are Mexican/South American a small minority will be from Europe, Africa/West Indies, Asia etc.
which means in practise the people on the ground having to work to a quota system,
i.e for every 100 people you stop, 90 can be south of the border 'looking' - 7-8 can be black and 2-3 White/Asian etc.

(and they will base any quota figure on previous statistics of people deported from Arizona in any given year, what percentage came from south of the Border, Europe etc, etc, if 100% of all illegals returned in one year happen to be from south of the border then so be it, but the fact is it won't because there will always be a few who mess things up)

What this allows, is for the state to present proof in court that it this act is not anti-Mexican/Latino, because they will be have stats that will say, for example

in the first 3 months of the year, we stopped X amount of people of these we found 1000 illegals, of this figure 900 were from nations south of the border, 90 were from African Nations and the rest from Europe and Asia. (thus the state shows it is being even handed and the state can not be held legally responsible if the bulk of the illegals happen to be from Mexico)

So my reservation is, should Arizona adopt a quota system, how will the white citizens of the state feel when they are being stopped, purely so some cop can meet his quota?

(the act is about finding illegal immigrants, it doesn't specify that they have to be mexican, and several European nations have very similar acts that all end up on the quota system sooner or later)