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Finding An Experienced Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will notice that there are countless lawyers in your neighborhood that advertise they specialize in your kind of case. This will make the whole process of finding one with significant amounts of experience a bit of a challenge. However, if you follow the following it is possible to define your quest to the right one in almost no time. The first step is to make a list of the lawyers that happen to be listed in the area that specialize in your situation. When you are causeing this to be list you should only include those you have a great vibe about based on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down if you take a while evaluating their site. There you should be able to find just how many years they are practicing and some general information about their success rates. At this time your list should have shrunken further to the people that you felt had professional websites and an appropriate level of experience. You should then make time to search for independent reviews of each and every attorney. Be sure you look at the reviews rather than just counting on their overall rating. The data from the reviews provides you with an idea of the way they connect with their clients and the length of time they invest into each case that they are taking care of. Finally, you will want to meet with no less than the very last three lawyers which may have the credentials you are looking for. This will give you the time to actually evaluate how interested they may be in representing your case. It really is vital that you follow all of these steps to actually find a person which has the correct amount of experience to help you get the ideal outcome.

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Will Personal Injury Law Firms Be Affected By The Economy?

Desperation may entice more individuals to pursue frivolous lawsuits.

Do Intellectual Property Lawyers Need An Area Of Expertise In Science/Engineering?
I'M Interested In Intellectual Property Law (Probably Patents). I Know That A Lot Of Patent Attorneys Have Previous Degrees In Engineering And Science, And I Do Not. Could I Still Work As A Patent Attorney?

It depends. To be admitted to the us patent and trademark office you need to either have a specific degree (there is a list) or have enough credits in the sciences to be allowed to sit for the exam.

However, other types of intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights) do not require a technical degree.

Go to and look for the requirements to take the patent exam.

Good Luck!

Can You Give Any Tips For Someone Who Wants To Be A Civil Right Lawyer?
Starting This Morning I Took Interest In Lawyering. I Am 30 Years Old. I Want To Not Be In A Gang Any More And Be More Professional About Protecting My People. Any Suggestions On Getting Started, Schooling, Etc

Civil Rights, not Civil Right.

To be an attorney, you need a Bachelor's Degree first - usually in English or Political Science, although people who go to law school have many different types of degrees. I have a B.A. in English, and I think it's a good start, because lawyers need to write well and have good reading comprehension. But probably the majority of the lawyers I know got their Bachelor's in Political Science.

After you get your Bachelor's Degree, you go to law school to obtain a Juris Doctor. Going to law school requires that you take the LSAT, which is a standardized test - the score will determine what schools you get into, along with your college grade point average.

Being a lawyer requires more than desire - you need to be a very hard worker, and you need to be able to listen and learn. If you can do those things, you can be a lawyer. You just need to put in the time.

You can get financial aid to get through all the schooling, but try to get scholarships - the loans can be pretty daunting. If you borrow your way through college and law school, you'll be paying on student loans forever. I personally felt like it was worth it. Others may disagree.

After you graduate law school, you take the bar exam for the state you live in. It's a 2-3 day exam - in Michigan, for example, there's one day of multiple choice (6 hours) and one day of essay questions (6 hours). But in Texas, there's one day of short answer (3 hours), one day of multiple choice (6 hours), and one day of essay (6 hours). Every state has a different essay exam, but the multiple choice exam is the same in every state. Studying for the bar exam is usually a full time thing - most people don't work or only work part time while studying for the bar.

Once you pass the bar, you're sworn in before a judge, and voile, you're an attorney.

It's good to have big goals. Stay focused, work hard, know your limits, and listen to yourself. Good luck to you.

Divorce Advice?
Let Me Say First That As Of Now We Are Both Representing Ourselves In Court. We Do Not Have Lawyers And Do Not Plan On Getting Any Until Necessary. This Is Why I'M Asking This Question On Here, So I Do Not Need Advice On Obtaining A Lawyer. We Are Both In Debt Big Time And Agreed To Not Obtain Lawyers For Financial Reasons I Had My Divorce Papers Served To My Ex, They Were Returned Back To Me Because, I Guess, He Moved To A Different County. I Have Two Questions. First Do I Have To Do Anything Further With His Paper Work, Or Have I Done &Quot;My Part&Quot; In Having Them Served. Two, If I Do Have Try Again, Can I Just Send Them To His Parents House, Since That'S The Only Other Address I Know? Our First Mediation Meeting Is On The 2Nd Of Nov., So, To Be Honest, I Want Him To Miss The Meeting (This Guy'S A Piece Of Crap (Criminal Records And Domestic Violence Issues) And I'M Trying To Do Anything I Can To Keep Him Away From My Daughter And Me) If It'Ll Make The Case Run Smoother On My Part

first of all, you don't want to ask any questions such as this that can be traced back to you and used against you. Fight fair and within the law, know your rights, and keep everything above board. Do not stoop to his level and give the judge any reason to take his side.

can you consult a lawyer or legal aide? A lawyer here in Canada gives free advice over the phone for first time callers. legal aide here is a service based on what you can afford... something to look into. do you have such a thing as dial a law, or any person to talk to at the courts for someone who is representing themselves...? I will say this... try to find a lawyer, even if it's pro bono... or one waiting and lined up "just in case" you don't want to be blind sided by your ex as he shows up with his attorney and you don't have one... it does happen. my ex and I made agreements, and I took him at his word... his word soon became mud. ( don't trust your ex at his word... but don't tell him you don't trust him, just keep all possibilities and all senerious in the back of your mind.)
God Bless,

Power Of Attorney?
My Friend Has An Aunt Who Lives With Her Father. The Aunt'S Daughter, Who Lives In Another State Has Power Of Attorney Over Her Mother. Her Mother Is Still Able To Make Decisions On Her Own. My Friend Wants To Know If She Can Get Power Of Attorney To Take The Aunt To Doctors' Appts, Etc., As The Aunt Has A Brain Tumor Now. She Is Wondering Which Is Best: (1) To Get Power Of Attorney And Look After The Aunt (2) To Get The Daughter To Take Her Mother Home ( Don'T Know If The Daughter Will Do This As The Daughter Has Little Communication With The Mother) She Would Like What Is In Best Interest Of Aunt, But Still She Wants To Legally Protect Herself If Something Should Happen, As I Have Stated That The Daughter May Have Legal Claim To Sue Her If Something Should Happen To Her Mother, Since My Friend Has No Legal Documentation To Care For This Individual. Thanks In Advance!!!!

easy, see an attorney. The POA isn't worth the paper its written on IF that person is not takeing care of the party in question.

However, it will take a court hearing to undo the situation and set it right and i would seek advice from an attorney practiceing family law.

Maybe this will help:
A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney in common law systems or mandate in civil law systems is an authorization to act on someone else's behalf in a legal or business matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal or granter (of the power), and the one authorized to act is the agent or attorney-in-fact.[1]

Contents [hide]
1 Attorney-in-fact
2 Oral and written powers of attorney
3 Equal dignity rule
4 Types of powers of attorney
5 Power of attorney in finance
6 UK Law
7 Irish Law
8 Russian Law
9 Ukrainian Law
10 See also
11 References

[edit] Attorney-in-fact
As an agent, an attorney-in-fact is a fiduciary for the principal, so the law requires an attorney-in-fact to be completely honest with and loyal to the principal in their dealings with each other. If the attorney-in-fact is being paid to act for the principal, the contract is usually separate from the power of attorney itself, so if that contract is in writing, it is a separate document, kept private between them, whereas the power of attorney is intended to be shown to various other people.

In the context of the unincorporated reciprocal inter-insurance exchange (URIE) the attorney-in-fact is a stakeholder/trustee who takes custody of the subscriber funds placed on deposit with him, and then uses those funds to pay insurance claims. When all the claims are paid, the attorney-in-fact then returns the leftover funds to the subscribers.

The term attorney-in-fact should not be confused with the term attorney at law. An attorney-at-law in the United States is a lawyer—someone licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction. In most other common-law jurisdictions lawyers are not called attorneys, and in those jurisdictions the term "attorney" generally refers to either attorneys-in-fact or lawyers from the United States.

[edit] Oral and written powers of attorney
A power of attorney may be oral and whether witnessed or not, will hold up in court, same as if it were in writing. For some purposes, the law requires a power of attorney to be in writing. Many institutions, such as hospitals, banks and, in the United States, the Internal Revenue Service, require a power of attorney to be in writing before they will honor it, and they will usually keep an original copy for their records. In some countries, like Portugal, it can be also served an Electronic Power of Attorney since December 2007.

[edit] Equal dignity rule
The equal dignity rule is a principle of law that requires an authorization for someone performing certain acts for another person to have been appointed with the same formality as required for the act the representative is going to perform. This means, for example, that if a principal authorizes someone to sell the principal's house or other real property, and the law requires a contract for the sale of real property to be in writing (which is required under the "Statute of Frauds" in most U.S. jurisdictions), then the authorization for the other person to sign the sales contract and deed must be in writing too.

[edit] Types of powers of attorney
A power of attorney may be special or limited to one specified act or type of act, or it may be general, and whatever it defines as its scope is what a court will enforce as being its scope. (It may also be limited as to time.) Under the common law, a power of attorney becomes ineffective if its grantor dies or becomes "incapacitated," meaning unable to grant such a power, because of physical injury or mental illness, for example, unless the grantor (or principal) specifies that the power of attorney will continue to be effective even if the grantor becomes incapacitated (but any such power ends when the grantor dies). This type of power of attorney is called a durable power of attorney.

In some jurisdictions, a durable power of attorney can also be a "Health Care Power of Attorney", an advance directive which empowers the attorney-in-fact (proxy) to make health-care decisions for the grantor, up to and including terminating care and "pulling the plug" on machines keeping a critically and terminally ill patient alive. Health care decisions include the power to consent, refuse consent or withdraw consent to any type of medical care, treatment, service or procedure.[2] A living will is a written statement of a person's health care and medical wishes but does not appoint another person to make health care decisions. [3] New York State has enacted a Health Care Proxy law that requires a separate document be prepared appointing one as your health care agent.

People with mental illness may prepare Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs in some U.S. states) or Ulysses contracts as they are called in Canada. Ulysses contracts are powers of attorney that enable a patient to dictate preferences for care before becoming incapacitated by recurring mental illness. Although they are not used very often, there is speculation in some of the academic literature as to whether or not these advance directives are empowering for people with mental illness (Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 2006-1).

In some U.S. states and other jurisdictions it is possible to grant a springing power of attorney;i.e., a power that only takes effect after the incapacity of the grantor or some other definite future act or circumstance. After such incapacitation the power is identical to a durable power, but cannot be invoked before the incapacity. This may be used to allow a spouse or family member to manage the grantor's affairs in case illness or injury makes the grantor unable to act, while retaining the power for without an attorney-in-fact before the incapacity occurs. If a springing power is used, care should be given to specifying exactly how and when the power springs into effect. As the result of privacy legislation in the U.S., medical doctors will often not reveal information relating to capacity of the principal unless the power of attorney specifically authorizes them to do so.

Unless the power of attorney has been made irrevocable (by its own terms or by some legal principle), the grantor may revoke the power of attorney by telling the attorney-in-fact it is revoked; however, if the principal does not inform third parties and it is reasonable for the third parties to rely upon the power of attorney being in force, the principal may still be bound by the acts of the agent, though the agent may also be liable for such unauthorized acts.

Many standardized forms are available for various kinds of powers of attorney, and many organizations provide them for their clients, customers, patients, employees, or members. In some states statutory power of attorney forms are available. Some individuals have used powers of attorney to unscrupulously waste or steal the assets of vulnerable individuals such as the elderly (see elder abuse).

Robert's Rules of Order notes that proxy voting involves granting a power of attorney. The term "proxy" refers to both the power of attorney itself and the person to whom it is granted.[4]

[edit] Power of attorney in finance
In financial situations wherein a principal requests a securities broker to perform extensive investment functions on the principal's behalf, independent of the principal's advice, power of attorney must be formally granted to the broker to trade in the principal's account. This rule also applies to principals who instruct their brokers to perform certain specific trades and principals who trust their brokers to perform certain trades in the principal's best interest.

[edit] UK Law
In English law, anyone with capacity can grant a Power of Attorney. These can be general (i.e. to do anything which can legally be done by an attorney), or relate to a specific act (eg. to sell freehold property).

A normal Power of Attorney however ceases to have effect if the donor loses capacity. If it is the donor's intention for the Power to continue after they have lost capacity, then a "Lasting Power of Attorney" (LPA) should be granted. These came into being in 1st October 2007, and replaced the simpler "Enduring Powers of Attorney" (EPA's) which had previously been used. LPA's were introduced by the government in order to reduce the potential for abuse that was a problem with the EPA system, and also to allow donor's to grant attorneys the power to look after their welfare and not just their finances, which had not been possible under the EPA regime.

The new LPA regime is therefore a lot more complicated and expensive than the old EPA regime, with the average LPA costing in the region of £800 compared to the £100 charge for EPA's.

[1]UK Government Public Guardianship Office - Clear explanation of the process by the office that manages Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Note: Enduring Power of Attorney was replaced with Lasting Power of Attorney in October 2007

[edit] Irish Law
Irish law allows two types of powers of attorney:[5]

a General Power of Attorney; which ceases as soon as the Donor becomes incapacitated and,
an Enduring Power of Attorney; which takes effect on the incapacity of the donor.

[edit] Russian Law
Predstavitelstvo, (Doverenost)

[edit] Ukrainian Law
Predstavnytstvo see chapter 17 of Civil Code of Ukraine

I'M Thinking Of Being A Lawyer For Juveniles What Do You Think I Need To Know First?
Anything You Have To Say Would Really Help Me Out

That it can be rewarding, frustrating, funny and heartbreaking.

Most juvenile cases are of the "knucklehead" variety. They shoplift, they get in fights, they smoke pot at school, etc. These are the cases where you get the chance to work with the kid and the system to get them into diversion programs, community service, etc. and hopefully get them back on track.

But juvenile cases also involve serious crimes committed by seriously screwed up kids or gangbangers. Many times, the best you can do is try to keep them in the juvenile system instead of the adult courts and hope that a few months or years in jail will not turn them into something worse.

If you really care about juveniles, it can really wear on you. So I've seen juvi lawyers who become kind of robotic about it, not really connecting with their client and just working out one plea agreement after the other without a lot of thought about what's best for the kid and family.

A tough job, but one that really needs good caring people.