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Finding A Seasoned Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will recognize that there are countless lawyers in your town that advertise that they are experts in your form of case. This could make the process of finding one with a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below you will be able to restrict your quest off to the right one out of very little time. The initial step is to produce a list of the lawyers which are listed in your town focusing on your circumstances. When you are making this list you need to only include those that you may have an effective vibe about depending on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down if you take a bit of time evaluating their webpage. There you will be able to find the number of years they are practicing and a few general information regarding their success rates. At this time your list must have shrunken further to individuals that you felt had professional websites along with an appropriate volume of experience. You must then take the time to search for independent reviews for each attorney. Make sure you browse the reviews instead of just relying on their overall rating. The data inside the reviews will give you a concept of the direction they interact with their clients and the length of time they invest into each case they are working on. Finally, you should talk with a minimum of the last three lawyers that have the credentials you are interested in. This will give you some time to truly evaluate how interested these are in representing both you and your case. It can be important to follow most of these steps to actually hire a company that has the correct amount of experience to help you get the perfect outcome.

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How Do I Become A Criminal Lawyer?
I'M 16 Years Old And I'M Wondering How Do I Become A Criminal Lawyer.

In the USA, to become a Lawyer, IF you go to school full-time:
1) Bachelor's degree - four years from a traditional college/university.
2) Study for LSAT. Take LSAT.
3) Law school - three MORE years.
4) Study for Bar Exam. Take Bar Exam in the state where you want to practice.
5) Pass the Character and Fitness Evaluation. Then you can practice Law.
6) You still have to take classes/seminars etc. to obtain CEUs to keep your license to practice Law. (You aren't done with school!)

Choosing a career is one of life's most important decisions.

The legal profession is dramatically changing and is in CRISIS! 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 in a World-wide Recession. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<<<<<

Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This is just not a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many reasons. We now have computers. So, many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet. Also, there are a lot of companies out there making very efficient legal software for the field of Law. Today's graduating lawyers tend to be very computer savvy, so they just do the work themselves to save themselves the cost of overhead. Also, the "Public" buys this legal software in order to get legal work done without the cost of an Attorney. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc)

Sites like have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do.

The field of Law has a mystique that actually exceeds reality. The field of Law is an overrated career - mostly by television. There are many myths regarding the field of Law: working as a Lawyer is mentally challenging (Actually, most work as an attorney involves routine paperwork: research, cite checking, drafting documents, and document review. Attorneys need to write down and track every activity they do, all day long [in 6 to 15 minutes increments, depending on the billing system] - a painstaking but necessary task), being an attorney is thrilling, high-powered, and glamorous (remember: television is fiction - the fictional lawyers on TV are ACTORS - the majority of work that an attorney does, does not happen in a courtroom), law students think that because they are good at arguing they will become great attorneys (actually being a great attorney is more in one's ability to mediate between differing sides and bringing them to agreement), as a lawyer I can correct injustices (actually legal decisions are more about reaching compromises than about right vs. wrong), guaranteed financial success (actually when salaries are compared, you also need to account for cost-of living expenses [most large law firms are in large cities - the bigger the city, the more cost-of-living expenses will be], payment of debts accrued while attending law school, and time needed to build a client base. Many large law firms require lawyers to work 60-80 hours per week.).

Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+.
Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

There are no jobs in this vocational field. My family, coworkers, friends, acqaintances, etc. have been laid off left and right in this vocational field.

Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law today want employees with degrees from traditional colleges/universities. Those "certificates" you see advertised aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally scams. (I found this out the hard way.) Also, the law school's program needs to be accredited by the American Bar Association - if it isn't, you are just wasting your time/money.

Even if you finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking, many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid <<this would be your competition. And the competition is fierce!!

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 have too many law schools. We are 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 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!!!*****

If you don't believe me, then just 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 job availability in the field of Law..................

In the book "So You Want to be a Lawyer?" by Marianne Calabrese and Susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1): "The United States has more lawyers than any other country in the world. About 38,000 students graduate >each year< from the 200+ law schools in the United States. The competition is very keen for jobs and clients." - Even Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (who served on the U.S. Supreme Court for more than 20 years) says there are too many lawyers. (9/14/2008)

Check out these websites: http://informeddecisionmaking.blogspot.c...
(A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)

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.

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.)

I Need Advice On My Degree Plan On Becoming A Business Lawyer.?
I Need Some Advice. I’M 20 Years Old. I Am Going To The University Of Phoenix And I Want To Be A Business Lawyer. My Current Degree Plan Is: Associates – Business Bachelors – Psychology Masters – Business Doctorate – Law Any Educational Pointers Such As Changing My Degree Plan? Any Courses To Recommend? Any And All Advice Is Welcome. I Know What I Want But I Do Not Really Have Anyone To Get Advice From. Thanks!

Errr, you could do a JD/MBA joint program. Or get them separately. However, most "business" lawyers don't have an MBA. I'd be considered a "business" lawyer but I don't have any business degrees. MBA is nice to have, but certainly not mandatory. MBA is more for management, not the technical side of business which is what's more useful to a business lawyer. An undergrad finance degree with some experience in the field would really be more useful to a business lawyer than a MBA.

Why are you getting an associates degree? Why not skip it and go straight for a bachelors? Edit: good. As long as you aren't wasting any extra time and can apply those units towards a bachelors.

Why are you doing psych as a bachelors degree? The only real benefit for that is psych is easy and you're trying to get a high GPA so you can get into a better law school.

My Lawyer Ran Off With $3000, Bar Association Can'T Find Him?
In March, I Hired An Attorney To Help With Child Custody Paperwork. He Was Kind Of Hard To Get A Hold Of And Didn'T Show Up To Scheduled Appointments, But Seemed To Always Have A Legit Reason And Eager To Help Me Out. That Was Up Until A Couple Of Weeks Ago. I Needed To Get My Paperwork Looked Over So I Could File It, And Tried Calling Him Several Times And Sending Emails, With No Response. Finally, The Phone Number Said It Had Been Disconnected, So I Went To Google And Started Searching For Him. I Tried Every Phone Number I Could Find But None Worked. That Day, I Went To His Office To Find Someone Else Occupying It And A Forwarding Address Of A Po Box. I Called The Bar The Next Day And They Told Me That Address Was The Only Thing They Had For Him Because He Had Listed His Phone And Email As &Quot;Private.&Quot; I Decided To Send A Certified Letter To The Po Box Requesting My $3000 Back And Gave Him A Deadline, Which Has Now Passed And I Have Not Received A Check. Has This Happened To Anyone? What Did You Do? Or, What Would You Do? I'M Thinking Of Pressing Criminal Charges...

Wow, this is awful. The PO box would not be unusual since he moved out of his office and the easiest way to forward mail till he either found a new office or in this case to avoid being found.

Have couple of suggestions. Go to the court where your child custody case should have been filed and ask them if in fact he had filed any paperwork on your child custody that you hired him for. Also, many clerks who work at the court know many of the lawyers there, since they see a lot every week, either picking up other mail from the court or they might talk to them. See when the last time, they saw him.

The office that he formally had, go to it and talk to the new owners who are working there, or if it is leased, which most likely is, then find out who leases the place. Even though not there anymore, he would have had office furniture, phones, computer etc, and most likely may have it moved somewhere else or in storage. If this building has many offices there, ask other people there if they remember your lawyer leaving suddenly, or came in one morning and found out that he was no longer there and his office empty. Did the lawyer have a secretary, if so, do you know her name and maybe able to find out if she is working somewhere else to contact for any info.

The bar association having only his office address and phone is normal and expected. Now here is other suggestions on searching. Even though you have done a google search, you also need to look under white pages, which have many different companies out there that also call themselves white pages, so could have at least 3 to look for him. My husband has been a lawyer for over 40 years, and about 15 years ago, he had been listed in the phone book with his resident name and address, and then listed him also separately with his name and business phone number, but I took our address out, the reason was, I did not want his clients to know where we live. That may seem odd to a lot of people, but he had criminal defense work, plus all kinds of cases he handled, and we did not want someone showing up at our door, if they were unhappy with the outcome of their case. Years later, we did a white pages search and found our address out there, even though we had taken it out, and had to specifically tell them to remove it, but later found it on another white pages site. Or, do you know anyone who has a "real" (old) white pages phone book? It could be in there, or if you know the name of his wife, if he has one, many times police officers and others who don't want to be found, will list it under the wife's name, so not known where they live.

How did you find this lawyer? Was it because of someone referring him to you? If so, ask them if they know of any personal info on him, that he may have talked about while handling their case? The lawyer may have talked about his kids, that they went to a certain school, so could get an idea of where he lives.

My guess is that this lawyer, like my husband, was in sole practice, and was barely surviving. Most everyone thinks that lawyers are rich, but if in sole practice can have months that you make a decent living, in others can barely pay the bills, while waiting for cases to settle. If he took off with your $3,000, then there will be many others like you, who are looking for him.

I may have other suggestions for you, after I talk to my husband later and will add an edit.

good luck


You need to google Supreme court, disciplinary complaint of lawyer and then add your state where this is located. I gave example of my state, Indiana.

Then you will need to file a complaint with them on this lawyer. All lawyers must have an escrow account they set up. On any fees they receive, they draw against that account to cover legal expenses. For the lawyer to not refund or use those funds other than for his clients, is an ethics violation and the state where you live, they can take steps to disbar him, thus losing his license to practice law. Believe me they take this seriously. The bar association is just a "club" for lawyers, that gives referrals etc, but they have no authority, thus you need to contact the supreme court.

You have both a civil and criminal suit against this guy. Go the prosecutor and file for the criminal and for the civil, can file in small claims court. You should have no problem with the judge awarding you, but;;;;;may never see a dime.

Most likely his next step will be to file bankruptcy, is my guess, but even then, with him owing you money, and most likely others lining up, cannot be discharged since it is illegal.

Sorry, but for any lawyer to just up and leave like this, most likely does not have a dime to pay back everyone. Before this is over, you may find that he did this to a lot of his clients.

Sorry for the bad news. hope this helps.

Fathers Rights?
My Boyfriend Recently Had A Dna Test Done And Found Out That Matthew(7 Months Old Is His)--He Has Been Fighting The Whole 7 Months For The Mother To Go And Get The Dna Test Done And Has Been Buying Everything For The Baby And Giving Her Money In The Meantime As Well. She Will Not Let Him See His Child At All Because He Is With Me And I Am Pregant With His Child. The Reason He Left Her Is Because He Found Out She Was Shooting Up And Using Drugs While She Was Pregnant. She Has Previous Felonies And Drug Charges And Violations Of Her Probation. She Laso Lost Custody Of Her One Child. My Boyfriend Wants To Fight For Full Custody Or Atleast Partial Custody Of His Son But Doesnt Know What Rights He Has? We Live In Tn...The Mother Of The Child Is Still Doing Dope And The Conditions She Has Her 2 Kids Living In Are Terrible---Trash Everywhere,Ashtrays Next To The Crib,Cats And Dogs Everywhere---Its Like A Dumpster In Their. What Would Be Th E Best Thing For My Boyfriend To Do About This?

Your boyfriend sounds like a caring man who is trying to do the right thing for his child, be glad he is that way, it bodes well for you and your child. Matthew needs to be removed from his mother...No doubts about that. I don't know the laws in TN, but the father of a child has rights and the law will usually choose the father in a case of an unfit mother. Go to a lawyer and explain everything, if you can't afford one, most states have some sort of Legal Aid. In a case like this, where the mother is obviously unfit to raise a child and the father wants it, "The Best" lawyer isn't always necessary, the state will do what is best for the child. Your lawyer will know what procedures to follow, but make sure he knows that it is an emergency...You have to get the child out of this situation! Good Luck with Matthew and bless you for being a caring enough person to care so deeply for someone else's child. I think Matthew and your child will have a great mother in you.

How Much Does An Immigration Lawyer Cost?
I Am A Canadian Citizen And I Have Three Children. One Child Is With My Husband Who Is An American Citizen And The Other Two Are From A Previous Relationship. We Are Looking To Become Permanent Residents Of The Us. However I Need To Work. I Know The Ins And Outs Of The Process But I Am Wondering If I Should Invest In A Lawyer And How Much It Will Cost Me On Average.

I liked the other answer given and I have dealt with Immigration lawyers for years now and I can tell you that the ones that know what they are doing cost on average about $250 to $350 per hour. You do get what you pay for. We also attended the Catholic charties free legal sessions and they were helpful. More helpful if you go to to the forms section, fill out your own forms and then take them into the free lawyers for review. They will make suggestions, corrections and then you can do them and bring them back. Here where I live the free clinics are once a month. This will save you money although these free clinics are mostly for generalized advice and to get expert immigration advice in complicated cases it is recommended that you hire a good immigration attorney. Some of these lawyers will take the case for a flat fee and the contract outlines what they will do for that fee.

You can save money if you have all the documents needed in an organized folder (copies of ) Have all the birth certificates for you and each children, husband, copies of passports, copies of any paperwork that is applicable and that will allow the lawyer to be able to fill out the forms much faster. You can also offer to fill out the forms and have the lawyer sign them and review them as well and some lawyers will work with you on that too.

Normally if your ducks are in a row you can pay around $100 to $200 for a consultation and the lawyer will help you with an action plan. Some lawyers will do free consultations but once again you get what you pay for so I would call around and just keep your eyes open and don't use a notary or anything like that for this issue.

Attn Lawyers... Help! Condo/Small Business Advice?
I Am Starting A Small Graphic Design Business Out Of My Home (Or So I Thought.) I Live In A Condo Complex And As Far As I Understand It... I Can'T Register My Home Address As My Business Address. My Public Offering Statement Says: Use Of Units: 3. No Industry, Business, Trade, Occupation, Or Profession Of Any Kind, And Whether Designed For Profit Or Otherwise, And Whether It Be Commercial, Religious, Educational Or Otherwise, And Whether Shall Be Conducted, Maintained, Or Permitted On Any Any Part Of The Property Or In Any Unit Therein (Except For Signs And Displays Place By The Declarent During The Sales Period), Nor Shall Any Unit Be Used Or Rented For Transient, Hotel Or Motel Purposes. My Boyfriend Owns The Condo, I Pay Him Rent. I Won'T Be Having Clients Into My House, I Will Only Have Mail Sent To Me. Is This Okay? If Not, Can I Register A P.O. Box? I Work From Home Already But I Think It'S Time To Register With The State. Help? You Can Also E-Mail Me- Katie_Trachte@Yahoo.Com

They mean running things like a store or commercial enterprise, not having what is in essence a home office and mail drop.

Do what you were planning to do. I dont see you as being awry of anything the condo restrictions place on the property.

An example of where you WOULD run awry would be.... open a viewing gallery in your living room and invite clients and the general public to view your work. THAT would a problem....