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4 Ways To Help Your Lawyer Help You When you want a lawyer at all, you should work closely together to be able to win your case. Regardless of how competent they are, they're likely to need your help. Listed below are four important strategies to help your legal team help you win: 1. Be Totally Honest Or Higher Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - irrespective of what information you're planning to reveal to them. Privilege means anything you say is stored in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team must know all things in advance - most especially information one other side could discover and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep a continuous and factual account of all the information regarding your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the data they need to assist them to win. 3. Arrive Early For All Those Engagements Do not be late when you're appearing before a court and get away from wasting the attorney's time, too, because they are by the due date, whenever. In reality, because you might need to discuss very last minute details or perhaps be extra ready for the case you're facing, it's a smart idea to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate That You Have Your Act Together If you've been responsible for any sort of crime, it's important so as to prove to a legal court that you just both regret the actions and are making strides toward increasing your life. By way of example, if you're facing driving under the influence, volunteer for any rehab program. Be sincere and associated with the community the judge is presiding over. Working more closely along with your legal team increases your chances of absolute success. Try these tips, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you ought to win your case.

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What Do People Look For A Business Lawyer?
I Wanna Be A Business Lawyer, But What Kind Of Business Lawyer Do People Look For?

Warning! We simply already have way too many lawyers and not enough jobs to go around. And "law schools" are churning out more and more graduates everyday. Invest your time and money into a vocation that has future job opportunities.

Do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what others are saying about the current status of Law. The news isn't good.

A Real Estate Question?
My Wife And I Bought A Four-Plex For $50,000. We Purchased It In 1979. We Are Both In Our 60'S And Want To Give The Units To My Son. How Can This Be Done With Out Paying Capital Gains In This Transaction? If It Has Any Significance, The Four-Plex Is Appraised At $550,000 And Is Located In California.

To get the best answers, see an estate planning attorney. However, my response would be that you should go about this a different way. The amount of your gift will be $550,000 because when the gift is given, it is given at fair market value. Second, your son will have a carry-over of your basis ($50,000). If he decides to sell in the future, he will have some hefty taxes to pay.

An alternative would be you and your wife gifting the income from the property to your son each year. This will allow you both to take advantage of the $12,000 annual gift tax exclusion. If your son is married, your amount just doubled and your combined annual gift could be $48,000 without tax consequences.

In addition to the above example, upon death, transfer the property to him. The property will receive a stepped-up basis rather than the carry-over. If the estate tax exclusion (which is $2M right now and will be $3.5M in 2009) avoids repeal, this will be the most favorable situation.

I am NOT an attorney, however. An estate planning attorney will discuss this type of scenario with you.

Ron, ChFC

Identify The Steps In The Legal Research Process?
I Need Some Help Here, This Is An Elective, I Just Need Someone To Simply This For Me. Thank You

I never knew there were specific steps, but here goes:

When I was in law school, we had to file legal analyses. We started with the issue and divided it up into relevant questions that needed to be discussed. Then we went to Westlaw and checked out the keynotes for cases that addressed those very points. After that we went to Shepherd's to look up those cases, and see how the courts had treated them (upheld, cited, overturned, etc.) If anything was noted as a specific treatment, I'd look up that case and see if it pertained to my issue. If it did, I'd start the process all over until I had the most on-point cases that were the most up-to-date.

After I had my cases, I'd write a discussion of the cases, and write a conclusion as to what the court would do based on these cases.

How Many Victories In A Year Is Considered Very Good For A Criminal Defense Attorney?
In A Medium Sized City Of About 500,000 People. I Know A Lot Of It Has To Do With How Many Cases Are Tried To Begin With, But I'M Just Looking For A Good Ball-Park Figure. Preferably, Anyone With Experience With Attorneys Or Court Should Answer

This is not the right way to measure the situation.

The biggest factors in whether a case will be won or lost are all outside the attorney's control. It is only in a very small portion of cases where the quality of the attorney will have any impact on the likelihood of a conviction. Some attorneys will specialize in cases that are easier to defend (e.g., white collar crime, drug possession cases where suppression of evidence may be a common issue, etc.) whereas other attorneys may specialize in cases that are much harder to defend (e.g., major felony trials where the prosecution and police have gone to great lengths to conduct a proper investigation and gather evidence).

As you mention, it also will depend on the number of cases tried by the attorney. If the attorney tries serious felony or murder cases, odds are they may have only had ~5-10 clients in the past year, and odds are that all of them were convicted. On the other hand, an attorney specializing in misdemeanor DUI law may handle well in excess of 50 cases a year, in which case they probably have acquired a one or tmaybe two not guilty verdicts from those cases. Criminal defendants are almost always found guilty, because there are significant protections in place to ensure that a person is guilty (and that it can be proven) before they are even charged.

Most attorneys who try only major crimes will likely see only a handful of not guilty verdicts in their entire careers. More often, cases will be dismissed before trial or terminated at the preliminary hearing stage, prior to the trial being conducted.

What a good attorney CAN do is work with a client to get a good plea bargain, minimize the sentence, etc. etc. etc.

It is difficult for the general public to distinguish among attorneys. Personally, when selecting an attorney, I would start by looking for attorneys who practice ONLY criminal defense law, who have a minimum of 5-10 years of experience, who previously worked for the agency prosecuting you (e.g., the same DA's office, the US Attorney office, etc.), and who did well at a top nationally ranked law school (e.g., Harvard, Yale, Duke, Stanford, Georgetown) or a the best local law school. Of course, this attorney will be much more expensive.

I would also want an attorney who specializes in or has significant experience in cases of my type. i.e., if it is DUI, I would want someone who mainly or exclusively practices DUI law. If it is murder, I would want someone who has tried several murder cases. If it is white collar crime, someone specializing in that. As a practical matter, this is a bit of a "wish list" and you will not find attorneys meeting these criteria in a town of 500K people, and if you are able to find them, their rates will be astronimical.

After getting a short list, I would interview each attorney and make a final decision based on my gut feeling and the rate the attorney charges.

I would also be cautious of any attorney whose rate is significantly below the local average.

Good luck!

Question About Legal Separation Here...?
My Husband Filed For A Legal Separation A Few Years Ago When I Was In An Accident And Under A Lot Of Mental Stress. I Signed Some Paper That I Didn'T Understand That Was Given To Me By My Brother. Neither Of Us Have Heard Anything About It Since. We Have Been Living Together With Only About 40 Days Separation In The Last 3 Years. Are We Legally Married Or Separated? Am I Considered His Wife? Is There A Way For Me To Find Out? He Has No Idea And Did Not Use A Lawyer..

First of all, I'm not a lawyer.

Being legally separated is not the same as being divorced. It means that two people who are married are living apart and the legal separation describes the conditions of them living apart. Mostly it would involve how expenses are shared and how children are cared for. So, you would still be married even if you were legally separated. If that were the case there should be some written court order describing the terms of your living arrangement.

But it's possible that the legal separation process was not completed. Ask your husband if he submitted any papers to the court and which court he was dealing with. Check with that court.

Immigration Attorneys??
I Am Thinking Of Becoming An Immigration Atty. But I Really Don'T Know Where To Start...... I Know I Have To Go To College First But What Classes Should I Take, Like Criminal Justice, Immigration Especialist?? How Long Will It Take For Me To Become An Attorney?? How Difficult Are The Classes?? How Expensive & Can I Apply For A Loan?? Your Answers Will Really Help Me A Lot! Thanks In Advanced!!!! By The Way I Live In Texas =)

Immigration law is a specialty practice of law, just like contracts law, personal injury law or constitutional law - if you want to be come an immigration attorney, you would get an undergraduate degree, then apply to a law school. The law schools in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California are places (for obvious reasons) where "immigration law" tracks are popular and readily available.

Your choice of an undergraduate degree isn't as important as some people might tell you. It is NOT necessary to major in anything called "pre-law". What is more important is that you earn very good grades, as the better law schools are all highly selective when it comes to admissions. Sure, Yale accepts only 7.3% of its law school applicants, but even the University of Wyoming accepts only slightly more than 1/4 of the students who apply for admission.

You will want to focus on a major that gives you exposure to a broad range of disciplines - law schools like to see applicants with psychology, philosophy, government and business courses on their transcripts. Don't discount courses like mathematics, which you might not see as relevant - trust me, lawyers spend a lot of time working with numbers, and if you ever hope to manage your own practice, you'll need both business and math expertise.

Law schools also like to see themselves as training empathic people who want to serve and improve their communities - this means you should take advantage of opportunities to involve yourself in social programs, whether it's mentoring disadvantaged students, working with the hungry and homeless, job training, senior citizens, whatever. You should do these things throughout your college years, not just in high school.

Law school is usually a 3-year program, so you're looking at 4 years for an undergraduate, plus another 3 for the JD (juris doctorate). You'll need to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) near the end of your junior year as an undergrad, so that you'll have your scores in hand when you apply to law school as a senior. It's also worth noting that many (but certainly not all) law school applicants take time off between their undergraduate degree and their law school application - some law schools place a premium on work experience, especially if it's at all related to the study or application of the law.

Law school is an intense graduate program, which will challenge you to think about things in a whole new way. Many schools use a somewhat unique training approach called "the Socratic method", where the emphasis is on self-discovery gained while pondering "deep" questions, rather than taking notes as your professors lecture. Some people love it, some people hate it, some universities find it old-fashioned and don't bother with it. You'll do best in law school if you like to think more than follow instructions.

Law school, like every other professional graduate program (medicine, dentistry, etc) is an expensive endeavor. There are plenty of loans available, but most law school students leave law school burdened with heavy debt. The most recent figures put the average debt around $54,000 for state university schools and $83,000 for private law schools. Unfortunately, these debt loads turn many students away from some of the lower-paying community service-type law practices.

I hope this helped you - good luck!