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4 Ways To Help Your Lawyer Assist You To When you really need a legal professional at all, you need to work closely with them so that you can win your case. Irrespective of how competent they are, they're likely to need your help. Listed below are four important approaches to help your legal team allow you to win: 1. Be Totally Honest And Up Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - whatever information you're planning to reveal in their mind. Privilege means what you say is kept in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team should know all things in advance - especially information other side could check out and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep a regular and factual account of all the information related to your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the current data they have to enable them to win. 3. Turn Up Early For All Engagements Not be late when you're appearing before a court and avoid wasting the attorney's time, too, when you are on time, each and every time. In reality, because you might need to discuss eleventh hour details or perhaps be extra ready for the truth you're facing, it's a good idea to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate Which You Have Your Act Together If you've been charged with any kind of crime, it's important to be able to convince the legal court that you both regret the actions and they are making strides toward enhancing your life. By way of example, if you're facing a DUI, volunteer to get a rehab program. Be sincere and included in the community the judge is presiding over. Working more closely with your legal team increases your odds of absolute success. Follow these tips, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you should win your case.

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What Is A Lawyer Consultation For?
I Recently Got A Speeding Citation And Will Have To Go To Court. I Am Considering Using The Free 30-Minute Consultation That Many Lawyers Offer To Go In And Ask The Lawyer Some Basic Questions, Explain My Situation, And Ask How I Can Possibly Get Out Of A Heavy Penalty. As The Cost Of Hiring A Lawyer Would Probably Be Higher Than The Penalty They Give Me, I Am Planning To Only Use This Consultation As A Time To Ask Some Questions, Without The Intent Of Hiring The Lawyer. Is This Not What Consultations Are For? Should I Try To Get A Consultation With The Lawyer, Or Are These Consultations Supposed To Only Be Used To Determine If You Have A Case And Are Considering Hiring The Lawyer? Thank You.

If the lawyer says he'll talk to you for a certain amount of time for free, then he must do so. And he can't waste the time on the frivolous. It must be meaningful time. Most state bars are pretty serious about that.

How much the fine would be, though, isn't what should determine whether you go ahead and spend even MORE than that amount would be on a lawyer.

The goal is to keep from having a criminal conviction on your record. Granted, it's only a speeding ticket, but believe me when I tell you that once you have that ticket on your driving record, you will pay MANY TIMES MORE in increased insurance premiums than what the attorney will cost. In fact, the cost of increased insurance premiums will probably be more, over time, than both what the attorney costs, PLUS the court costs, PLUS the fine.

Trust me on this: HIRE A LAWYER... even on a mere speeding ticket.

I'll tell you when I learned the value of being represented, even only for a mere speeding ticket: Twenty-something years ago, I got a ticket in Chicago (I was living in Northwest Indiana, just 30-something miles from Chicago) at the time. I thought about going in and just handling it myself, but something... I don't know what... just made me go ahead and hire an attorney who not only specializes in traffic matters, but who also practices a lot in the specific court in which I was to appear.

And, oh, what a difference he made! When we walked into the court room, he told me to sit down in the back row and keep my mouth shut. Even if my name was called, he told me, just keep my butt in the chair and my lips sealed tight.

He then walked up to the front of the court room, through the little gates, past everyone, and right up to the prosecutor's table. They clearly knew one another, and joked a little. He then pulled out my file and showed it to her, said about 50 words which I couldn't make out, and next thing I knew they were shaking hands...

...two minutes later the prosecutor was asking the judge to take a case out of order, and it was mine. She moved to have the moving violation reduced to a non-moving violation, and a small fine... no points. The judge asked if I was present and before I could even stop myself from saying I was, my lawyer said he represented me (and, of course, the judge recognized him and greeted him), and next thing I heard was the gavel while the judge said, "so ordered. Next case."

Ten minutes later, I had paid my $50 fine, plus something like $67 in court costs; and five minutes after that I was on out on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse, shaking my lawyer's hand and bidding him adieu. Case closed.

In exchange for the mere $1,000 I paid him, plus the $50 fine and $67 court costs that I paid to the clerk of the court...

...I avoided a conviction for a moving violation which, had I been convicted, would have amounted to four points on my license (on a 12-point scale); and the fine for which would have been about $500 plus the extremely unlikely risk of a day or something like that in jail (which is nearly never ordered). Plus I would still have had to pay the $67 court costs; plus my car insurance premiums, upon that conviction, would have more than doubled... costing, over a period of the next three years over $3,600.

So, you decide: $1,000 for a lawyer plus a little $50 fine, plus $67 in court costs...


...a $500 fine, plus $67 in court costs, plus a MINIMUM of $3,600 in increased premiums over a MINIMUM of the next three years (probably longer, which means probably more).

Of course, that was all twenty-something years ago... so instead of my numbers, above, use whatever all those numbers would be TODAY. Probably DOUBLE!

So, again, TRUST ME: Get a lawyer. Don't just do the freebie consultation, HIRE him/her.

Or so it is my advice.

Hope that helps.

What Are The Areas Of Practice For A Commercial Litigation Law Firm?
I Am Applying For A Position With A Law Firm That Handles Commercial Liability. Does Anyone Know What Commercial Liability Is Exactly? In What Areas Do The Attorneys Typically Practice?

I practice commercial litigation. Essentially we do resolve disputes between persons or entities that involve contracts, fiduciariy duties, fraud. Usually the cases involve breach of contract and all of the other issues that go along with it, such as misrepresentation, fraud, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation. We also get into some professional liability issues. Did you take UCC? If so, that pretty much covers most of the issues. However, many firms that practice commercial litigation really practice more than what is truly "commercial" and do more general litigation work, even torts or some white collar defense.

I Need Legal Help Please. Any Lawyers Out There?
I Was In A Car Accident Where I Swerved Off The Road And Into Another Persons Yard Where I Hit Part Of There Fence And My Tires Messed Up Some Of Her Lawn. I Just Received Papers From Her Insurance Company ( 2 Months After The Accident) And It Says I Owe Almost $3,000. Honestly I Do Not See How This Is So, When I Really Think About It I Can See Doing About 200.00 Worth Or Damage, But Just To Be On The Extremely Fair I Could See It Maybe Going To Around $500.00 But Not Exceeding At All. I Believe She May Have Done Some Sort Of Insurance Fraud. I Was Wondering Legally What I Can Do If Anything To Challenge This. I Am Only 18 And Have No Idea What To Do. Am I Allowed To Challenge Her And Take Her To Court? And Am I Allowed To See Receipts? Did She Have To Have Receipts When She Turned All This In To Her Insurance? Any Help Given Will Be Very Appreciated Thank You So Much.

You need to contact your insurance agency as soon as possible.
Yes, you can challenge her in court and demand proof and receipts of all damage you have done and exactly what she is charging you for.

She may be asking you to pay for an entire new fence and repatching her entire lawn. That's the only reasons I can come up with for why it's come to that amount of money.
It really is insane.

You may also want to hire a lawyer.

What Does A Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?
Can A Criminal Defense Lawyer Only Defend The Criminal Or Can It Defend The Opposing Side? Like If There Is A Criminal And If There Is A Witness. Can I Take Any Side That I Want. Also My Friend Told Me That A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Only Take The Criminal'S Side And Not The Other. She Said That The Government Can Only Take The Opposing Side? Can I Take Any Side? And Please Make It Simple! Thanks!

In a criminal case there are 2 attorneys involved: 1 representing the Defendant (the person charged with the crime) and 2. the prosecutor/or district attorney (same thing just called different things in different states). The prosecutor works for the government, usually a county, and pursues the case on the states behalf. Witnesses and victims may have attorneys, but they take no part in the proceedings.

NO lawyers can go from side to side, not even in civil litigation, that would be called a conflict of interest (which I will not go into defining because you asked that we keep it simple ;)

In Nc Juvenile Law, What Is The Plea Bargain To Erase A Misdemeanor?
In Nc Juvenile Law, What Is The Plea Bargain Much Like A Prayer For Judgment In Which It Does Not Go On Your Record And As Long As You Do Not Commit The Same Crime For However Long, You Will Not Be Convicted? If You Could Also Explain How I Might Go About Requesting This When Representing Myself That Would Be Great. Thanks.

A plea bargain and a PFJ are two different things. A PFJ is exactly what you referred to. A plea bargain must be offered by the District Attorney - you cannot request it. A plea bargain is pleading guilty to a lesser crime in exchange for a lesser sentence. The charge would still remain on your record though.
If you are a juvenile, you will not be allowed to represent yourself - nor should you.

Divorce And Child Custody?
I Live In Pa, My Husband And I Have Been Separated For 2 Months Now And The Divored Has Been Filed. I Know There Is No Legal Separation In Pa, However, Can My Husband Still Take My Daughter Away From Me If I Am Involved With Another Man? Thanks!

He can only take your daughter away if the other man abuses her.
Just because you are involved with another man, NO but use your noggin and don't move in with him or anything like that.
My ex (we were still married at the time) took his girlfriend and our two sons (7 & 10) on vacation 3 weeks before our divorce TRIAL. It did not look good to the judge. That among other things lead me to get FULL legal and physical custody.