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3 Ways To Know You've Picked The Right Lawyer It's pretty intimidating to go through the court system, particularly if you lack confidence in your legal team. Listed below are three important strategies to understand that you've hired the best lawyer: 1. They Concentrate On Your Sort Of Case What the law states is frequently tricky and therefore requires specialists to tackle the tough cases. If you want a lawyer, seek out one who works with the challenge you're facing. Even though a member of family or friend recommends you make use of a good they know, if they don't have a focus that's similar to your case, keep looking. As soon as your attorney is definitely an expert, specifically in the trouble you're facing, you understand you've hired the correct one. 2. The Lawyer Carries A Winning Record Depending on the circumstances, it can be difficult to win an instance, particularly if the team helping you has hardly any experience. Look for practices that have won numerous cases that apply to yours. Although this is no guarantee which you case will likely be won, it gives you a better shot. 3. They Listen And Respond When the attorney you've chosen takes some time to hear your concerns and react to your inquiries, you've probably hired the correct one. Regardless how busy they are or how small your concerns seem from the perspective, it's critical that they respond to you inside a caring and timely manner. From the aim of look at a regular citizen who isn't acquainted with the judicial system, court cases can be pretty scary you will need updates and also to feel as if you're portion of the solution. Some attorneys are just a lot better to you and your case than the others. Make certain you've hired the most appropriate team for your personal circumstances, to actually can placed the matter behind you as quickly as possible. Faith within your legal representative is the initial step to winning any case.

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How Hard Is It To Find A Job For Lawyers?
I'Ve Been Considering Law School For A While Now (Junior In High School) But I'M Not Sure If There Is A Demand For Lawyers These Days Or Not. I'M Mainly Worried About The Difficulty Of Finding A Job. If It Helps At All I'M Planning On Majoring In Criminal Law.

I e-mailed this response to a girl a couple of days ago it might help. I just completed my first year of law school:

Well I just finished my first year of law school and I was totally taken by surprise. I majored in Culinary Management as an undergrad, decided a MBA was a dying easy to obtain graduate degree and went for labor law. First, almost everyone in my law school (Mass. School of Law, is on financial aid, very few people I know can afford it. The joke is after the first year of law school you're in too much debt to go into any other profession. My G.P.A. was 3.8 and it really doesn't matter now. I took the LSAT twice, did amazing the first time, bombed the second unfortunately they take your average score. As a result I went to a school that doesn't require LSATS as they have their own entrance exam. I can practice in 65% of the states immediately, but the others I have to wait a certain time frame (usually three years). So it worked out well especially having such a different under graduate degree. As for journalism, it's a whole new style of writing, but if writing is your strength you are 1/2 way to becoming a great lawyer. The other half of course is arguing (I'm always right ;-)). My first year I didn't work until my second semester. Law school is far more than a full time job. My second semester I started at 20 hours a week down to 8. It's hard. But if you can survive your first year, you can survive the other two. The rule of thumb is the first year they scare you to death, the second is they work you to death, and the third is they bore you to death. It's a lot of work, and 150 pages is light reading, but after your first semester you become a pro at briefing cases and getting in a strong study group. However, if you don't do your work there is no way you can wing it!!! Teachers are hard on students in class, and outside are pretty cool (they all think they are the teacher from the movie "Paper Chase"). I went to law school thinking I was going to go into Labor Law, law school is different you don't really declare a concentration, your electives is where you mold your area. You can't pick electives until your second year. After my first year I really love Criminal Law and found I hate Property so I can gage my electives to that, but most also choose their electives around the bar exam. As for not going to school immediately after undergrad is pretty normal. Many of my fellow classmates are in their 30's and I (23) am considered very young. So that's not really a problem so long as you do your work. I don't know many who haven't been able to get a job after graduating unless they aren't searching. I know people who have failed the bar exam three or four times and got really great jobs. Lets see what else, litigation. Some people really have it and some people just don't. I pride myself on being court room savvy, but I have some friends who are very timid. They are the best at researching, finding things on Westlaw and Lexis Nexis and are just as valuable. In fact few lawyers actually every go to court. A good example of this would be a school attorney. They do all the research, write contracts, and have a slim to no chance of ever going to court. My Writing & Legal Research teacher told us she only went to court one time her whole career and was with so many other attorney's it never mattered anyways.

I guess my only other piece of advice is, if you over analyze everything and love to argue (written or vocal) you'll be a great lawyer!
If you decided to go, get as many study aids as you can (Black Letter Outlines and Case Notes are like a bible!).
Really research the schools you apply to, and if you decided to take the LSAT, courses are great.
Almost no one has the money for law school (and I live in Boston/Cambridge with Harvard) which keeps us all in debt.
But if you're teetering on yes or no (and more no) then don't invest.

Sorry this is long winded, but it's what I do! So Good luck!

What Happened To Judge Mabelene From Divorce Court?

In 2005, Ephriam wore a wig on the show, the consequence of a bad relaxant. Fox liked the look so much that it asked her to keep it. But Ephriam wanted cornrows. When Fox said no, Ephriam cried racism. Fox, in turn, declined to renew her contract.

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Here Comes the Judge
From a local bench to Divorce Court, Lynn Toler has appeal.
By Rebecca Meiser
Article Published Jun 14, 2006

Who / What:
Judge Lynn Toler
Divorce Court

Judge Lynn Toler's verdicts are homespun wisdom dispensed with a cut-the-bull edge.Judge Lynn Toler emerged from her chambers looking as stern as a police interrogator. From the bench, she locked eyes with the ponytailed plaintiff, who was suing her wedding facility for botching the event.

"You listen here," Toler said, her eyes flashing. "You said your wedding was ruined, but the only way your wedding could truly be ruined is if your man don't show."

The audience tittered. The plaintiff's attorney looked as if he wanted to object.

In a softer voice, Toler told the woman that she'd get some money back, but not the whole cost. Too many people expect perfection, she said.

With that, the judge banged her gavel and headed to her private dressing room on the Fox lot.

It's been five years since Toler, the star of the short-lived court-TV show Power of Attorney, saw screen time. But this fall, the former Cleveland Heights judge will return to TV as the leading lady on Fox's Divorce Court.

Toler's transition from municipal court judge to TV star still surprises her. Like most big events in her life, it happened by accident.

In 1993, the Harvard graduate was a fiery young litigator when the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party suggested that she run for Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.

Toler thought her odds were slim. Cleveland Heights is a Democratic stronghold, and her opponent was Russell Baron, a distinguished lawyer who'd practiced in the city for 14 years longer than Toler had been alive.

"If I hadn't run against him, I would have voted for him myself," Toler quips.

But Toler did bring some ammo: She was the only African American candidate in a largely black district and had a large war chest, thanks to her wealthy father.

On election day, Toler won by just six votes out of the more than 16,000 cast.

She quickly distinguished herself with her creative sentencing. During seven years on the bench, she offered shorter jail terms for convicts who wrote book reports and made obeying their mothers a condition of probation.

Local TV ate it up. In 1998, Channel 19 aired a special on Toler, following her from the courtroom to her living room. When she showed off her tae kwon do skills by splintering wood with her bare hands, it was clear she was made for the limelight.

Her big break came two years later. The producers of Power of Attorney, a new legal show on Fox, were in need of a judge. They canvassed the country for candidates. Naturally, Channel 19 suggested Toler.

Producers didn't tell Toler what show she was auditioning for, so when they asked her opinion of courtroom shows, she put her foot in her mouth. "I love all of them except Power of Attorney," she said.

Despite the faux pas, producers hired her.

"We tested three people, and my opinion was, we shouldn't even test the other two," says producer Laura Gelles.

Toler got her first taste of stardom when she met her co-stars, O.J. Simpson prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden. Toler and Clark became fast friends. "She's the nicest person ever," Toler gushes. But Darden was another story. "Chris is a little mercurial. One moment he can be sweet as a pie, and the next he'll hardly speak to you. I never quite figured him out."

The cases Toler presided over were like The People's Court crossed with Jerry Springer. One mother sued because her daughter refused to pay for haircuts. Another mom refused to house her pregnant daughter unless she dumped her slacker boyfriend.

Toler's verdicts were homespun wisdom dispensed with a cut-the-bull edge. She was as likely to cite her mother's advice as she was a precedent-setting decision -- ironic, in light of the fact that her mother thought the show was trashy.

"She didn't understand how her Harvard-educated daughter could do this to her," Toler recounts. "She had visions of me on the Supreme Court."

In 2001, the show was canceled. But TV judges are a lot like Supreme Court justices: Once appointed, they serve for life. For the next five years, Toler made as much as $60,000 annually, just by auditioning for shows.

"There's so few judges willing to do television work that the ones who do are really valuable," explains Michael Cicconetti, president of the American Judges Association.

Toler's next offer came in April, when Fox's negotiations with Divorce Court judge Mablean Ephriam stalled.

The sticking point was hair. In 2005, Ephriam wore a wig on the show, the consequence of a bad relaxant. Fox liked the look so much that it asked her to keep it. But Ephriam wanted cornrows. When Fox said no, Ephriam cried racism. Fox, in turn, declined to renew her contract.

When Toler got the nod as Ephriam's replacement, internet message boards lit up with accusations that she was an Uncle Tom.

"Just because you were replaced by another 'black' person doesn't mean it wasn't racial," one viewer wrote. "It simply means they found someone who was willing to abide by their rules. They found . . . a Condoleezza."

While Toler denies the charge, she seems eager not to fan the furor. "I don't know what experiences Mablean had," she says, choosing her words carefully, "but I know that Fox has been nothing but flexible with my hair."

This season, Toler has a full docket that includes a husband who deserted his eight-months-pregnant wife to audition for American Idol, a couple fighting over their 15-year-old daughter's pregnancy, and several military wives who left husbands stationed overseas.

Although the shows won't begin airing till September, Toler's already viewed as a national expert on parlaying local judgeships into Hollywood stardom. The American Judges Association has invited her to speak about transitioning from the bench to TV.

But for Toler, the biggest change may be to her grocery routine. When Power of Attorney was airing, fans would stop her in the supermarket to ask for autographs or argue over rulings. It would take two hours just to buy a loaf of bread.

"Once the show airs, I guess I'll have to start getting up at the crack of dawn again," she says with a smile. "Not that I'm complaining."

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What Does A Civil Lawyer Do In Il?
My Brother Convinced My Dad To Make Him Power Of Attorney For His Financial Affairs. My House Is Under My Father'S Name And My Brother Is Threatening Me He Will Take My House If I Don'T Sell It A.S.A.P. He Is Violent And I Worry About What He Might Do, Especially Since I Have Kids In The House. What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Need For This And Would A Restraining Order Do Any Good?

You need a real estate lawyer. Check with the American Bar Association, IL State Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers and/or Pro Bono Advocates. All are listed in the phone book and all have referral agencies.

How can you sell a house in your Dad's name?

Child Custody Battles Lawyers Law Students Fathers In The Same Boat?
My Girlfriend Of A Year And A Half Is Pregnant...I Cheated On Her And Now She Has Made Statements That I Will Never See My Child I Know That As The Father I Have Rights To Visitation Which I Am Willing To Fight For But I Want More Than Visitation I Want 50/50 Custody My Baby Mama Is Not Okay With That At All Her Words Are That I Will Never Hold,See Or Be Given The Chance To Love My Kid...Here Comes The Kicker I Have An Assault And A Domestic Violence Conviction Against The Mother Of My Child The Assault Is Not On Her It Was The Arresting Officer I Allegedly Hit With Her It Was The Yelling And Threats...I Was Given Probation Which I Have Done Exceptionally Great On With My Probation Officer Committed To Backing Me. I Work And Can Provide A Stable Environment For My Child And Other Than The Conviction Do Not Have A Violent History Any Lawyers Out There What Are The Chances I Receive 50/50 If Not Any Custody Of My Child?

As a single mother, there is a 99% chance your ex-girlfriend is going to get sole custody of the child....and you will get stuck with visitation only. You would have had more rights if you had married her but that is too late now. (If your ex really wants to stick it to you, she could get married to one of her friends in Florida and according to Florida state law, her friend would be the father of your biological child and you would lose all rights to him/her.) Also, since you have been convicted of both assault and domestic violence, that probably reduces your chances of receiving 50/50 custody to zero.

I suggest you focus on getting the best visitation you can obtain AND go to anger management classes. Good luck and God bless.

Does Anyone Knows A Good Lawyer Web Page?
Hi, I Need To Consult A Lawyer For Certain Issues About A Special Contract Arrangement. I Offer Services In Publicity, Multimedia And Video Production Areas. So I´D Like To Ask If Anyone Knows A Good Lawyer To Handle These Kinds Of Contracts.

try or you can contact your local bar association and ask for their lawyer referral service. Finally, I suggest you check on your state's bar association for a listing of all the attorneys in your state, then sort by practice area.

How Do You Research An Attorney?
How Can You Research An Attorney To Find Out If They Are Any Good? I Know Word Of Mouth Is Supposed To Be Best, But Not Likely An Option For Everyone Unless They Are Lucky Enough To Know Someone Who Had The Same Issue Before. If You Google Search And Find No Info, Then Where Does That Leave You? What Can You Do To Find Out More About Them And Their Credability?

Most attorneys hire cleaners. So any negative reviews that might have been posted get deleted pretty quickly.

You might consider going to the courthouse and asking the court clerks/judge's assistants who they would hire if they had a legal problem. Most of the time they won't feel comfortable answering.

The best thing you can do is to actually interview attorneys. But remember that attorneys are like used car salesmen. We want to convince you to hire us during that first meeting - and once you hand over that retainer, you're ours.

Here are the questions I would ask:

1. How often have you gone to trial and to what lengths do you go to avoid trial?
You want an attorney who CAN take your case to trial but who will avoid trial when possible. If you have an attorney who tells you s/he will go to trial, rip the other side to shreds, is very aggressive, etc. - you should run. These attorneys are usually unprofessional, not well respected, and disorganized. Trials are fairly uncommon - most good attorneys are able to negotiate something with the other side. When you have an attorney who does a lot of trials, you should be cautious.

2. If I call you or send you an email, how long will it take you to get back to me?
The number complaint of clients is that their attorney never calls them back. It's a big problem. So if the attorney tells you he will get back to you on the same day or within 24 (business) hours ask him if he would be willing to have that included in the retainer agreement. An attorney who explains that s/he tries to return calls within 48 hours is probably being honest. When we're in trial, we are usually unreachable unless it's a knock down drag out emergency.

3. Ask if the attorney would be willing to give you a list of references you can call for yourself.

NEVER EVER EVER sign a retainer agreement on the same day you walk into an attorney's office. Keep your options open and double check the information/answers you get. We WANT you to sign that agreement on the same day you come in. Don't do it. You should interview at least three attorneys before you make a final decision and you should call their references.


4. You can also contact an attorney who works in an area that is NOT the type of law you need and ask who they would hire. (Usually you want to go to them in person.) I avoid personal injury and criminal law like the plague, but I know a few really good attorneys who practice in these areas. Be careful about this, because a number of attorneys deliberately refer some people to really crappy lawyers. So if you are rude and/or have a hinky background, etc., don't trust a referral.