3 Methods To Know You've Picked The Correct Lawyer It's pretty intimidating to go through the court system, specifically if you lack confidence inside your legal team. Listed below are three important ways to realize that you've hired the best lawyer: 1. They Specialize In Your Kind Of Case The law is often tricky and that requires specialists to tackle the tough cases. When you want an attorney, try to find individual who handles the issue you're facing. Even though a family member or friend recommends you use a company they understand, should they don't possess a focus that's comparable to your case, keep looking. When your attorney is undoubtedly an expert, especially in the problem you're facing, you understand you've hired the right choice. 2. The Lawyer Has A Winning Record Depending on the circumstances, it could be challenging to win a case, specifically if the team helping you has little to no experience. Search for practices that have won numerous cases that affect yours. Even though this is no guarantee that you just case will be won, it will give you a much better shot. 3. They Listen And Respond If the attorney you've chosen takes the time to hear your concerns and answer your inquiries, you've probably hired the right choice. Irrespective of how busy they can be or how small your concerns seem from the perspective, it's important that they answer you within a caring and timely manner. From the point of view of a typical citizen who isn't familiar with the judicial system, court cases may be pretty scary you require updates as well as think that you're portion of the solution. Some attorneys are simply just a lot better to your case as opposed to others. Ensure you've hired the best team to your circumstances, to ensure that you can place the matter behind you as fast as possible. Faith within your legal representative is the initial step to winning any case.
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Biological Father Visitation Rights?
My Daughter Is 8 Years Old And Has Only Lived With Me (Bio Mother) Her Entire Life. Her Bio Father Was Not Around When I Was Pregnant, From The Time She Was 4 Months To One Year Old He Saw Her Less Than 10 Times And Never Without Me Present.
I Filed For Full Custody Of Her When She Was 1 Year Old. He Did Not Show Up To Any Of The Court Dates, Therefore I Was Granted Full Custody With No Problems. He Was Ordered To Pay Child Support, But Has Not Made A Payment In Over 6 Years. Just Recently The Department Of Child Support Found Him And Is Taking Child Support Out Of His Checks (2 Payments So Far).
Just Recently He Contacted Me, Which I Haven'T Heard From Him This Entire Time, To Tell Me That He Is Taking Me To Court To Get Visitation Of Our Daughter.
My Main Concerns Are That He Lives In A Different State, So He Is Not Close To Us At All. Also That He Is Just Doing This Out Of Spite Since He Has To Pay Child Support. He Is A Stranger To My Daughter And I Would Not Feel Comfortable Letting Her Go With Him Alone, Also I Can Not Guarentee That He Will Stay In Her Life Once This Happens, He Is Very Unstable (He Moves Around Alot From State To State To State) And It May Cause Her More Harm Than Good.
Does He Have A Chance Of Getting Visitations With Her?? If So What Should I Expect?
I Live In Washington State
Sweetie, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. You certainly have good reason to be concerned and as your daughter's mother and thus, her first and best advocate, you need to get everything in order to prepare for the potential fight you are about to have on your hands.
First off, if your ex is a decent person, not dangerous and actually has good intentions and a desire to be an real father to your daughter, he does deserve the right to get to know her. If he is a decent guy, it can only benefit her to get to know her biological father and have a good relationship with him - even if it took him 8 years to figure it out. However, if he is a dirtbag, selfish POS with bad intentions and does not have your daughter's best interests at heart, you have to get ready for the fight of your life. My daughter is now 4 y/o and her father - well, we won't go into that. My point is, I know all too well the power of "Father's Rights Groups" in the family court system. The system is so backward right now it's unbelievable. I would be happy to tell you my story and give you whatever advice I can but not on here. Please email me directly if you wish.
The first thing you need to know is that when it comes to the "family law system" you have no friends. You may get lucky and have no enemies, but never trust that anyone involved will automatically do the "right thing." Courts now push "father's rights" over the best interest of the child in every way. It's terribly frightening to see firsthand, mothers being treated as overbearing, overprotective b1tches when all they are trying to do is protect their children. As you see from the 2nd or 3rd responder, these people don't even know your situation yet they immediately assume and label you a "gatekeeper" (or worse). They will throw out terms like "parental alienation" to try to discredit your very valid concerns and intimidate you. The first thing you need to do is document EVERYTHING. I'm sure you know what I mean by that but if it needs more clarification, feel free to email me directly. Next, find and retain the BEST lawyer you can find. In the family courts, the best lawyer (usually the most expensive) is generally more familiar with the judges, the Guardian ad Litems, etc and thus, gets heard. If you can't afford a great lawyer, find a way. As a disabled veteran and single mother I had such limited resources, I ended up just so grateful to be able to have any lawyer, regardless the fact that she awful. In retrospect, I should have found a way to hire a much better lawyer. I don't care if you have to beg, borrow or steal; get the best lawyer out there - or at least the lowest paid in the most well-known, reputable firm.
Know this; unless he is a dangerous criminal (at present) and you have proof, he will get visitation with her and he will most likely be given overnight visits at that. Begin preparing your daughter now in every way you can. It sounds like your ex is a jerk and you don't want him around your daughter. If you have valid reasons for that, document them and get evidence BEFORE any court action happens. Also, search the Judicial websites to look for any outstanding criminal cases he is involved in. Don't assume the courts (or even your daughter's advocate - the "guardian ad litem" (if/when one is appointed for your case) will take steps to find anything like that out. My daughter's father had 3 charges pending throughout most of our custody case (which was a lot more serious than "just a custody case"), one of which was a felony, and no one ever even knew it. I only found out by accident, a few months AFTER the judge ruled and a parenting plan was already in place. It is virtually impossible to get a family court order changed once the case in completed and the "parenting plan" is in place. Honestly, I hope things are very different for you but you should know my story is not unusual. I have seen it with others and all you have to do is a quick search of the net to find thousands of cases where well-meaning mothers have been steamrolled by the family court system. God help our children! ! I hope your daughter's father is not that big of a jerk and actually puts your daughter's needs above his own to allow a long transition period before she is thrown into having overnight - or consecutive overnights - visits with a virtual stranger. . I wish you every bit of luck out there. And perhaps, as someone else said, he is just blowing smoke. All I'm saying is don't wait until you are served (btw, you get the courts short calendar notice in the mail just a few days before your court date is scheduled for, and you do not always get "served" properly) to start getting ready for what may very well be the most emotionally draining, frightening, sickening battle of your life.
Question For Lawyers Or Paralegals, Criminal Law?
I Have Always Been Interested In Criminal Law And I Am Thinking About Going To School To Be A Paralegal. I Would Like To Know How Many Positions There Are For Paralegals Working In Criminal Law? Criminal Defense Is The Only Thing I Would Want To Do. It Appears To Me That There Are Not Many Criminal Law Paralegals Out There, Am I Wrong?
No, not many paralegals that specialize in the area of criminal law. I am a paralegal and some of the attorneys in our office take criminal cases, but they also take personal injury cases, insurance defense cases, product liability, etc. The trick is going to be finding a law firm that specializes in criminal defense. Personally, I'll work for a defense firm but not a plaintiff firm. Good luck.
Going From Urban Planning Undergrad To Law School?
Is This A Good Idea? Has Anyone Done This And Can Offer Advice? What Do You Think Of Law School?
I have not gone from that specific undergraduate major to law school, but I can tell you from my law school experience that it does not matter at all what your undergrad is. If you have a hard science background you can go into the special field of IP law which opens up more doors, otherwise you'll be in the same boat with everyone else.
I STRONGLY urge you to research law school before you decide to go. There are so many law schools you will almost certainly be able to get into some law school, but going to any school outside the top 14 of schools would be a mistake. I attend a top 50 school and I'm in the upper part of my class and I can't find work. If you think going to law school will provide that golden ticket you are very very very wrong. If you go to a school in the top 14 or get in the top 20% of so of another school in the top 100 or maybe lower for T3 and beyond(maybe not but be wary) you could get into the larger law firms that do pay a ton(but you will work for that salary, this is no 9-5 gig). However, even those large law firms are crumbling, check out above the law source below and you will see messages about lay offs and deferring income students. Not even the top rung is safe in any respect. if you dont get that you'll be working for government or small law, if you can even get that. The market is swarming and I mean swarming with lawyers. You'll be lucky to find a job that pays $40-60K. You also will have to take into the debt factor. From the ABA(yes its a little old but gives a good pictures)
"The average 2005 graduate of a private law school carried over $78,000 in debt from law school alone, according to an Equal Justice Works report released last year. Graduates of public law schools fared somewhat better, but not by much—the report found that their average law school debt load at graduation was over $51,000. The burden is even more onerous for the majority of law students who carry debt from loans taken out to finance their undergraduate education. The average undergraduate left school with over $19,000 in educational debt, according to a 2005 report by the U.S. Department of Education. The result is that thousands of young lawyers start their careers with debt loads that easily top six figures." I think those estimates are on the conservative end, when you factor in living expenses and more a lot of students roll out of law school with $100K+ of debt. Go to a loan repayment calculator and see how long it'd take to pay that back.
Law school itself is also very competitive and very demanding. Ask yourself why you want to be a lawyer, is it because you want to argue before a jury? Most of your work won't be such. You'll be drafting memos, briefs and writing discovery. It's not easy work and requires a lot of time.
Personally, going to law school is a real mistake, you'd be better off switching undergrads and going into engineering or going into the medical field. Both will provide better job security and similar or better salaries. don't be fooled by the lawyer stereotype. Do a lot of research on it, going to law school is not cost effective and is a poor choice.
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I Need To Find A Lawyer To Sue A State, The Dhs And Ex-Husband For My Children Being Sexually Abused!?
My 3 Small Children Were Sexually Abused By Their Eldest Half-Brother Who Does Not And Did Not Live With Us. I Found Out After A Wellness Check Up That This Had Been Happening Each Weekend Visit Of Each Month. Back In 2001 I Reported To The Dhs Concerns I Had About My Eldest Son Touching My Youngest... They Did Nothing. In 2004 My Young Daughter Told Me Her Half Brother Was Asking Her To Let Him Come To Her Room. I Told His Dad And Supposedly He Came Down Hard On Him. I Didn'T Know This Was Happening And Feel As Though The Dhs Failed Me The First Time, The Dad (Ex) Failed Me The Second Time. My Son Was Charged With 3 Counts Of Lewd Molestation And One Count Of 1St Degree Rape. I Want Justice! My Kids And I Are In Counselling...Still, Almost 1 Year Later. My Son, Still In A Treatment Center.
Unfortunately since there have been REPUBLICANS in power they have cut the budgets so severely that this is happening all the time. There aren't enough social workers and case managers to do anything to protect children.
The half brother that was doing the molesting was likely molested himself. Was the father to blame?
I'm not sure you can sue DHS but I hope that you are able to get some justice for these kids. There needs to be sweeping reform and I hope that you take action on this and write every single representative you can. Write lots of letters, make phone calls and protest.
The laws regarding child abuse are way too easy on predators. For those of you who told this mother to calm down you have no idea what it is like. She didn't ask for judgement she asked for help.
These kids will struggle for the rest of their lives to maintain self esteem and healthy relationships. The effects of this will stay with them and they may not even realize that it is happening. Thank goodness for therapy but gently remind them they may need treatment as they get older.
I Have A Question About Legal Representation. My Husband And I Are Being Evicted For Being Late Partial Rent?
For The Month Of October. My Husband Lost His Job, And While We Were Awaiting His Unemployment, I Had To Sell Something To Make Our Rent Payment For That Month. I Was Able To Pay Her The Money, But I Was $100.00 Short. I Told Her I Would Get Her The Money As Soon As Possible. After Living There For 2 Years And Paying Our Rent Every Single Month, I Thought She Would Be Understanding A Little Of Our Situation And Give Me The Time To Come Up With The Rest Of The Money, But She Was Not.
At First She Gave Me A Letter Saying She Would Be Okay With Waiting, And Then Less Than A Week Later, She Decided To Verbally Evict Us, Even Before Rent Had Been Due For The Next Month. We Were Only 100.00 Short. On The Day Rent Was Due For The Next Month, I Was Given The Written Notice For 10 Day Eviction, So That They Would Look Better In Court To Not Have Filed Something For Only $100.00.
We Couldn'T Find A Place Within 10 Days. That'S Insane To Expect People To Move With A 17 Month Old Baby In The Winter, After Husband Just Lost His Job, In 10 Days...Impossible. So They Filed Through Court. They Had Said In Eviction Notice That They Were Willing To Forget The November Rent Since They Had Asked Us To Leave The Day It Was Due, As Long As We Paid The Remainder Of Octobers Rent. Then In The Court Papers They Filed, They Claim We Owe Them $425.00 Not Including The Almost $200.00 Court Costs.
I Talked With An Attorney Who Thought They Were Crazy For Trying To Evict Us Over A $100.00 Payment That Was Late When Court Costs Are Actually More To Pay Than What We Owed Them. He Told Me To Try To Give Them The Money Owed To Them Right Away, And Go To Court And Explain To The Judge That We'D Fallen Upon Hard Times But That We Were Trying To Do The Right Thing And Made Payment On What Was Owed. I Couldn'T Really Afford To Pay The Attorney To Represent Me At This Time, Even Though I Feel I Need One.
I Went To Give Them The Money Yesterday, And They Refused Payment. ???? If They Want To Evict Us For Payment, Why Would They Refuse What Is Owed To Them? Even In Court Papers, And Eviction Notice They State We Were Good Tenants, And We Are Good Tenants. We'Ve Dealt With Much Since We'Ve Been Evicted From Them, Including Serious Harrassment, It'S Been Crazy Actually. I Just Wanted To Do The Right Thing And Pay Them. I Have A Written Note Stating They Refused Payment.
I Talked To The Attorney Today And He Thinks The Whole Thing Is Insane. Especially Considering That We'Ve Lived Here For Over 2 Years, Making Rent Payments Every Single Month, And Even Doing Alot Of Repairs To This Place That Were Owed To Us In The Deduction Of Rent Which Was Never Given To Us. My Husband Remodled Things In The Kitchen, Bathroom, Replaced Fixtures, All Which Are Stated In Our Lease That Would Be Deducted From Our Rent, We Gave The Receipts And It Was Never Deducted.
I Cannot Afford To Pay An Attorney But I Talked To Someone Over The Weekend Who Told Me To Look For A Pro Bono Attorney In My Area. They Said It Seems Like I Need Someone To Stick Up For Our Situation Since It Seems Like They'Re Trying To Do Something Tricky For God Only Knows What Reason. My Guess Is That It'S Because Of The Fact That We Found Out Our Furnace Was Not Up To Code And Very Dangerous A Couple Weeks Before We Were Evicted And I Had Asked For It To Be Fixed, And Magically I Was Evicted. Either Way, My Hearing Is On Tuesday, And All These Things Are Happening And Everyone Is Telling Me I Now Need To Get An Attorney Because Everyone Thinks They'Re Up To Do Some No Good Things In Court, So Can I Get A Continuance On Monday So We Can Find An Attorney Or Is It Too Late? Isn'T It My Legal Right To Find Legal Representation, And Also How Long Do You Get For A Continuance?
Where are you? State and local laws can make a big difference in these cases. You could try googling legal aid with the name of your state, city, or region (I'm assuming you are in the United States), but they might be closed for the weekend. In civil cases like eviction, people have a right to an attorney if they can afford one, or if they can find one to take the case for free, but they don't have a right to postpone court dates because they haven't found an affordable (effectively free in the case of many) attorney in time.
There are a wide variety of reasons not to give legal advice over the internet, so I'm deliberately phrasing the following information as information, not advice.
People that can't afford an attorney or aren't able to find a free attorney are permitted to act as their own attorney. rwa000 is dead wrong about there being no defenses to nonpayment of rent, and he's also dead wrong about there being no pro bono lawyers for tenants in eviction cases, although it's easier to find one in some regions than in others. I have personally represented tenants for free, and I've worked with many people that take eviction cases for free.
In the United States:
Breach of the warranty of habitability is a defense to nonpayment of rent. When there are conditions in the apartment that are in violation of building codes, and the tenant has requested repairs, and the landlord has not made repairs within a reasonable amount of time, the warranty of habitability has ben breeched.
Retaliation against a tenant for requesting repairs is another defense to nonpayment of rent.
Defendants need to prove their defenses by a preponderance of the evidence in order to win their eviction cases. Evidence in such cases includes things that indicate that a condition in the apartment is not up to code, such as photographs and notices of violations from the department of building inspectors. Other forms of evidence include evidence that the tenant requested repairs, such as copies of written requests and witness testimony.
Stay strong. Good luck.