Finding A Seasoned Lawyer Whatever your legal needs are you will see that there are many lawyers in the area that advertise they focus on your form of case. This could make the entire process of finding one with a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, if you follow the tips below it will be possible to define your quest to the right one out of almost no time. Step one is to produce a set of the lawyers that happen to be listed in your area specializing in your position. When you are causeing this to be list you must only include those that you have an excellent vibe about based on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down by using a little while evaluating their internet site. There you should be able to find how many years they have been practicing and a few general information about their success rates. At this stage your list should have shrunken further to those that you just felt had professional websites along with an appropriate quantity of experience. You should then take the time to lookup independent reviews of every attorney. Be sure to look at the reviews rather than just counting on their overall rating. The information within the reviews will give you an idea of the way that they interact with their customers and the length of time they invest into each case that they are focusing on. Finally, you should talk with no less than the last three lawyers which may have the credentials you are searching for. This will provide you with enough time to genuinely evaluate how interested they can be in representing your case. It is actually crucial for you to follow every one of these steps to actually hire a company that has the correct degree of experience to help you get the perfect outcome.
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How Do I Find A Pro-Bono Lawyer (Not Legal Aid) To Help With A Custody Battle?
I Am Going Through A Tough Custody Battle Where Domestic Violence Is Involved, And I Cannot Find Help Anywhere. Is There A Place Besides Legal Aid That You Can Find A Lawyer That Will Do Pro-Bono Work? I Can Explain Further If Needed For Finding A Lawyer Purpose. (I Am In Michigan)
Normally legal aid is the agency that will handle pro-bono type cases. It differs from state to state though. Other than a legal aid office, probably the best source for possible pro-bono would your state's bar association. Most state's bar association has a pro-bono division (or have the phone to give you) where private lawyers have volunteered to do some pro-bono work. You will have to qualify and such but if you do qualify, they will normally assign your case to a private attorney (rather than legal aid) who will do the work without charge to you. You would still be responsible for the costs though.
Please note though that a "tough custody battle" is not something most attorneys want to get involved in when they are not being paid to do it. You may not qualify for pro-bono or your type of case may not be one that pro-bono is done. If you are accepted, once an attorney sees that it is very involved and will cost him/her a lot of time, they may decline to handle the case. Legal aid, or hiring a private attorney, may be your only options.
Can I Be Successful In The Field Of Law As A Minority, Female Attorney?
I Know This Seems Like A Bit Of A Stupid Question. I'Ve Decided That I Want To Go To Law School, But I'M Not Sure Of Which Area Of Law Yet. But Today I Was Talking To One Of My Close Friends, And He Was Telling Me &Quot;You Know, People Are Going To Be Really Reluctant To Hire You. Most People Want A Jewish Male Attorney, And You Being An African American Female, It'S Gonna Be Extra Tough For You.&Quot; Granted, His Father Is A Jewish Male Attorney, So He Could Be A Bit Biased, But Other People Have Told Me The Same Thing. Obviously, Choosing An Attorney Shouldn'T Be Based On Race, But On Skill, But How Will I Have A Chance To Prove Myself If This Really Is True? So I Guess My Question Is, Is This Really True? And If So, How Can I Try To Overcome This To Prove Myself As A Great Attorney?
Also, Please No Rude Or Racist Comments. I Need Serious Answers. Thank You!
I am a white, Roman Catholic female, who was over 40 when I graduated law school.
This issue of being Jewish is just nonsense anymore. Maybe at some time in the 1950s a person's religion was important but not now. Granted there are some law firms who hire by religion, but they are very few and are staffed by the old guys or at those the old thinking guys. Heck, in Chicago we have an active Christian bar association that holds an annual Red Mass at the Cathedral -- it is sold out months before the event.
This is the same bs that the old attorneys, and I mean those who went to law school 1940-1970 preach. They will tell you that you must belong to some organization like Kiwanis (sp), or Chamber or Commerce, or other male oriented old-boy-network to get clients. Again bs. Even members of these organizations will pick the attorney who does the best job for the least amount of money over a fellow member.
Now the issue of being a female is another thing. There is lots and lots of gender discrimination in the field of law. When I went on interviews I would be asked how fast I typed, if I was planning to have kids, was I married -- you know all those allegedly illegal questions.
I worked for a firm with 2 other male attorneys and no support staff. I was put at the reception desk where I answered the phones, typed the one partners notes, and handled about 40 of my own cases. You should have seen the look on the clients faces when they were assigned to the receptionist. Once I learned all I could from this job I went on to open my own firm in competition to this one. They no longer exist.
So you will encounter sex discrimination. Because the profession of law is over 40% female there are lots of others fighting the same thing. There are also woman's bar associations that can help out.
As for race, it really is not an issue in law. At least the profession has come that far. A black lawyer appears to have the same opportunites. I believe that is thanks to the great work done by the black lawyers bar associations.
If you really want to become an attorney and have that calling, go for it. It is the best job you can ever have. Good luck.
Small Auto Injuries Claim In Fremont Ca Alameda County, How Much Should The Pain And Suffering Be??
I Got Into A Car Accident A Few Months Ago, The Other Person Is At Fault, His Insurance Is Geico And I Already Got The Medical Treatments; My Medical Bills Came Out To Be $2000 (Out Of My Own Pocket). The Car Damage Came Out To Be $1300 Which Geico Paid. But Geico Only Offers $500 Settlement For Medical Treatments, Pain & Suffering, Which I Did Not Settle. I'M Gonna Go File Through Small Claim Court In Alameda County, Any Suggestion On How Much My Pain And Suffering Should Be? Thx Guys!
You should get a personal injury attorney to represent you because you should NEVER be settling for less than the actual cost of your medical treatments resulting from an accident that wasn't your fault. Geico is trying to screw you over because you don't have anyone representing you.
When I was in an accident, I was offered an additional $1500 for my pain/inconvenience on top of my medical bills, which were also around $2000. Don't go through small claims because you won't be able to have an attorney. Tell Geico they either give you the full amount of your medical costs (why were you paying out of pocket anyway? Usually this is set up through the insurance company of the person who hit you) or else you will hire an attorney and take this to court, which would cost them an awful lot more than $2000....
See a PI attorney for a consultation. In these cases you don't pay anything unless you win.
Hey I saw your response so here's mine: Speak to another attorney!! The one you talked to just didn't want your case, so find one who will take it. Maybe he only goes after huge cases. You have to interview attorneys until you find a decent one you feel comfortable with.
As for paying the medical up front, Geico should have been doing that from the beginning, not you OR your insurance company. They should have sent you to doctors they have deals with (and Geico being so huge, there will be lots of them) that will see you and bill Geico for it, not you. Look under the yellow pages for "attorneys - personal injury" and make an appt to see a couple of them. What the heck, the consult's free. As for pain & suffering, it really varies on your injuries, but you don't get much in CA anymore, maybe $1000-$2000 above your medical expenses, but again, ask a PI attorney. Usually you get a lot more money rewarded when you have an attorney. PI attorneys do take 1/3rd of your reward, but if Geico is shafting you, it would pay to get one anyway.
Which Laptop(Under $750.00) Would Be Best For Doing Legal Research?
I Need To Buy One Before Next Semester; I'Ll Be Taking 4 Law Classes And 1 Access Dbma Class.
ANY laptop under your price cap will do nicely for legal research.
What do you think that you need? More importantly, why do you think you need what you think you need?
Let's look at this. You need the ability to get online, and you need the ability to type, and you need the ability to save what you type, and you need the ability to print what you type. Getting online is all about having an internet connection... and that has nothing to do with your laptop. Typing... well, all laptops have keyboards. Saving your documents... is something you can do on any laptop. Printing all depends on whether or not you get a printer, and has nothing to do with what laptop you get.
So. If you were to look around EBay, or Craigslist, or your local newspaper, and you were able to find a laptop from 8 to 9 years ago, and it had Windows 2000 on it... that would work just fine. You would be able to get online with it, and it comes with Windows Write (a basic word processor), and you could purchase any one of a number of printers at Target or Walmart... and there you would be, all ready to do your legal research.
You could also walk into Best Buy and purchase the lowest priced laptop they have in the store at the time, and it will do everything you need. You could go to http://www.bestbuy.com and order the cheapest laptop they have available online (since they have inexpensive ones online that they do not have in the stores). You could buy your laptop at Walmart. You could buy a $200 laptop from http://www.geeks.com and it would do what you needed to do.
Which brings me back to my original questions to you... why do you think you need more than the most basic of laptops? What are you not saying?
Pre Law And Legal Studies?
Are Pre-Law And Legal Studies The Same Thing?
I am a law school graduate and have practiced law.
Pre-law and legal studies differ.
Pre-law describes an educational objective and is not a major. Law schools accept any academic major.
Legal studies is a rather recently developed major whose objective is to teach students something about the law and the legal process. Sometimes it is aimed toward the education of people who seek careers as paralegals. It is not a good major for preparation for law school as it is considered too easy by many law school admission deans and its method of instruction differs from the unique instructional method of law schools.
The best pre-law majors include history, which teaches critical reading, thinking, and writing skills which are similar to those used in the study and practice of law,
and math and engineering which teach analytical thinking and are known for their difficulty.
My Husband Is Asking For More Visitation With His Son. His Sons Mother (They Were Never Married) Will Agree To None Of His Terms. They Are Going To Court Next Month. What Sort Of Things Would Be Pertinent To His Case Vs Thing Pertinent In Custody Battles? Since The Original Arrangement, My Husband I Met, Got Married, Have A Son, Bought A House, Cover My Stepsons Health Insurance.
She Sleeps Around And Literally Has Brought My Stepson Into Bed With Her Random Boyfriends (While Still Living Under Her Parents Roof!), Uses My Stepson As A Pawn Against My Husband, Has Discussed Animosity Issues Between Her And Myself/My Husband With My Stepson (Who Is 4).
All These Things Are Important In Custody Changes, But Are They Important In Just Visitation Changes? What Sort Of Documentation Would Be Important (Reference Letters In Our Favor From Daycare Provider? Character References)?
What Sort Of Things Get Discussed During Court In Visitation Changes?
the practical impact of the visitation, including:
* the day care and/or school schedules of each child;
* the extracurricular activities of each child, and/or medical, psychological, or dental appointments requiring scheduling and transportation;
* the distance each child would travel for visitation;
* the availability of transportation to each parent and the willingness and ability of each parent to share in the obligation of transportation for the purpose of visitation;
* the work schedules of each parent;
In determining whether to grant visitation rights in establishing a specific visitation schedule, and in determining other visitation matters, the court must consider all of the following factors:
1. The prior interaction and interrelationships of the child with his/her parents, siblings, and other relatives, and with the person who requested companionship or visitation if that person is not a parent, sibling, or relative of the child;
2. The geographical location of the residence of each parent and the distance between those residences;
3. The child's and parents' available time, including, but not limited to, each parent's employment schedule, the child's school schedule, and the child's and the parents' holiday and vacation schedule;
4. The age of the child;
5. The child's adjustment to his home, school, and community;
6. If the court has interviewed the child in chambers, regarding the wishes and concerns of the child as to visitation by the parent who is not the residential parent or companionship, as to a specific visitation schedule, or as to other visitation matters, the wishes and concerns of the child, as expressed to the court;
7. The health and safety of the child;
8. The amount of time that will be available for the child to spend with siblings;
9. The mental and physical health of all parties;
10. Each parent's willingness to reschedule missed visitation and to facilitate the other parent's visitation rights;
11. In relation to visitation by a parent, whether either parent previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any criminal offense involving any act that resulted in a child being an abused child or a neglected child; whether either parent, in a case in which a child has been adjudicated an abused child or a neglected child, previously has been determined to be the perpetrator of the abusive or neglectful act that is the basis of the adjudication; and whether there is reason to believe that either parent has acted in a manner resulting in a child being an abused child or a neglected child;
12. Whether the person, in a case in which a child has been adjudicated an abused child or a neglected child, previously has been determined to be the perpetrator of the abusive or neglectful act that is the basis of the adjudication; whether either parent previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a charge domestic violence and, if so whether he/she caused physical harm to the victim in the commission of the offense; and whether there is reason to believe that the person has acted in a manner resulting in a child being an abused child or a neglected child;
13. Whether the residential parent or one of the parents subject to a shared parenting decree has continuously and willfully denied the other parent his or her right to visitation in accordance with an order of the court;
14. Whether either parent has established a residence or is planning to establish a residence outside this state;
15. Any other factor in the best interest of the child.