Finding An Experienced Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will notice that there are numerous lawyers in your town that advertise that they concentrate on your type of case. This can make the whole process of finding one with quite a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, should you follow the tips below you will be able to restrict your quest on the right one out of very little time. Step one is to generate a listing of the lawyers which are listed in your neighborhood that specialize in your situation. When you are causeing this to be list you ought to only include those you have an effective vibe about based on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down by taking a bit of time evaluating their webpage. There you will be able to find how many years they are practicing and some general information about their success rates. At this point your list must have shrunken further to individuals that you just felt had professional websites along with an appropriate volume of experience. You should then make time to lookup independent reviews of each attorney. Be sure you see the reviews rather than just depending on their overall rating. The details within the reviews will give you a concept of the way that they communicate with their clients and the time they invest into each case that they are focusing on. Finally, you will want to meet up with at least the last three lawyers who have the credentials you are searching for. This provides you with some time to genuinely evaluate how interested they can be in representing you and your case. It really is important to follow many of these steps to actually find someone containing the best degree of experience to obtain the best possible outcome.
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The Law Firm Of Dewey, Cheetham, And Howe Handled 18 Personal Injury Cases This Past Year. This Was 9/5 Of The?
Cases Handled By The Rival Firm Of Gypsum-Goode. How Many Personal Injury Cases Were Handled By Gypsum-Goode Last Year?
As an equation your question is: 18 = 9/5X (where "X" is the unknown quantity to solve for: the number of personal injury cases handled by Gypsum-Goode)
So, let's get rid of the fractions by multiplying by the reciprocal on both sides of the equation:
(5/9)*18 = (5/9)*9/5X
90/9 = 45/45X
10 = X
So, Gypsum-Goods handled 10 cases last year. Proof: 9/5 = 1.8 and 1.8 x 10 = 18. Done.
I Am A Sophomore Econ Major At The University Of Maryland. I Am Interested In Law School After Graduation. My Top Field Of Interest Is Business Law. I Would Like To Know The Following:
- The Average Starting Salary
- The Average Hours Of Work Per Week
- What Type Of Work Does This Field Consist Of
- What Are The Top Business Law Firms In The Nation
I am an attorney. However, I went to a top 15 school and had mediocre grades. I found the job market to be depressing. So much time, planning, and money went into undergraduate school, I had a 4.0 GPA, and scored above the 95th percentile on the LSAT. I naively thought going to a top school their would be plenty of lucrative and exciting jobs waiting for me and I would be set to have a good quality of life. I remember sending out 300 letters one time and getting no positive response, either they said some nonsense about you are great, you have good accomplishments, but at this time we cannot offer you a position, we will keep your resume on file. I took the Bar Exam in two states wasting time studying and not earning any money. I had to move back in with my parents, fun. Meanwhile many of my friends and people that I knew from High School and College were establishing themselves in their careers and making money, gettng promotions, etc. I worked post-law school as a car salesman and a mortgage broker. Finally a family friend had a friend who was a solo attorney, I worked for him basically for free, actually it was negative because I spent money on travel, long distance phone calls, etc., still living at home with mom and dad, saddled with law school debts, the student loan people started calling wanting $$$. Eventually I left that attorney. I struggled to find another attorney job. Eventually, I got a job in 2003 at firm paying the princely sum of $25,000 per year. I moved out of my parent's house but was still subsidized by them. Dad kept threatening to cut me off, but I lived in an expensive state the cheapest place to stay I found was $1,500 a month all inclusive. My paycheck was like $430.00 a week take home. Eventually, I did go solo, it was hard, but I did make some money in real estate closings for 3 1/2 years. Now the real estate market stinks and I have no income, and I am trying to plan my next move, which may be back to my parents temporarily. I have interviewed for some associate positions and the salary range was 38k-55k, this is pretty low for somone with 5 yrs experience and a doctorate degree. My wife works at a nail salon, as a manicurist, she took a three month course and makes 50K a year. It has been an exquisitely painful road for me. In my family I am the most educated and the least financially secure. My dad makes like $350,000K engineering+MBA degree, my younger sister makes $165,000K a year psyche degree and an MBA. My conclusion, LAW SUCKS!!!!!!!!!! Too many law schools fighting for tuition $$$, night programs, weekend programs, low academic standards, too many attorneys, lowering wages and limiting opportunities, compare to the AMA and ADA that insure a shortage of dentists and doctors. When I was solo it seemed like everyone was an attorney, or their cousin was an attorney, or their sister's friend was an attorney, or their brother was an attorney and so and so on, I lost a lot of business because of this. I do not think doctors and dentists face such client poaching. If you are in the top 5%, law review, and went to a good school, yes, you will probably get a good job right from the start. I would have been better off not going to College and instead picking up a trade like being an electrician. Heck, if I had all the money I wasted on education, worked at a gas station during all my non-earning years and put the money into a CD I could probably be able to retire. Looking back, if I had to do it again, if you want to through the hard work and invest the $$$ for education so it pays off you should go into healthcare. Heck their is a shortage of pharmacists and their median wage is $98,000K well above lawyers. Dentists 180,000K median and their is a shortage. Oh well this sucks but this is my life and I will deal with it, I spent my educational time and $$$, and the dye is cast.
From US News, Poor careers for 2006
By Marty Nemko
Attorney. If starting over, 75 percent of lawyers would choose to do something else. A similar percentage would advise their children not to become lawyers. The work is often contentious, and there's pressure to be unethical. And despite the drama portrayed on TV, real lawyers spend much of their time on painstakingly detailed research. In addition, those fat-salaried law jobs go to only the top few percent of an already high-powered lot.
Many people go to law school hoping to do so-called public-interest law. (In fact, much work not officially labeled as such does serve the public interest.) What they don't teach in law school is that the competition for those jobs is intense. I know one graduate of a Top Three law school, for instance, who also edited a law journal. She applied for a low-paying job at the National Abortion Rights Action League and, despite interviewing very well, didn't get the job.
From the Associated Press, MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A lawmaker who persuaded the Assembly to eliminate all state funding for the University of Wisconsin law school says his reasoning is simple: There's too many lawyers in Wisconsin.
From an ABA study about malpractice claims, More Sole Practicioners: There appears to be an increasing trend toward sole practicioners, due partly to a lack of jobs for new lawyers, but also due to increasing dissatisfaction among experienced lawyers with traditional firms; leading to some claims which could have been avoided with better mentoring.
New Lawyers: Most insurers have noticed that many young lawyers cannot find jobs with established firms, and so are starting their own practices without supervision or mentoring. This is likely to cause an increase in malpractice claims, although the claims may be relatively small in size due to the limited nature of a new lawyers
“In a survey conducted back in 1972 by the American Bar Association, seventy percent of Americans not only didn’t have a lawyer, they didn’t know how to find one. That’s right, thirty years ago the vast majority of people didn’t have a clue on how to find a lawyer. Now it’s almost impossible not to see lawyers everywhere you turn.
P.S. I think what you mean is corporate law. Corporate law is the hardest or one of the hardest fields to land a job due to the weeding out process in law school, but the salaries are high. Typically you have to go to a good school, have high law school grades, top 5%, and be on law review. They will work you very hard for that high salary, do not expect to have a life. The odds are against you making it into corporate law. For a top firm look up Skadden, Arps, etc.
Attention Lawyers: Do I Have A Discrimination Case?
Would I Have A Discrimination Case?
I Asked To Get Out Of The Pool Because I Was Wearing A Cotton Shirt And It &Quot;Ruins&Quot; Their Pool Filter. I Tried To Get Them To Understand That Because Of My Size (Women'S Size24)And The Size Of My Chest (F) That A T-Shirt Is The Modest Swimming Attire I Choose To Sport. I Was Told It Was An &Quot;Unexeptable Reason And To Leave The Pool Area&Quot;. I Made The Last Ditch Argument Of &Quot;But Those People Are Doing It Too!&Quot; (6 Other Individuals Were Also Sporting Modest Uv Protection In The Form Of A Cotton T-Shirt)And The Supervisor Said That Those People Will Be Dealt With. So I Cried As I Sat In The Shade Watching My Family Play And Felt That The Precious Little Money We Had Spent That Day Was Wasted. For 45 Minutes I Waited For The Supervisor To Handle Everyone Else Wearing A T-Shirt. He Just Sat In His Office As &Quot;They&Quot; (The Cotton People) Continued To Enjoy The Facilities. So I Went To His Office And Said &Quot; I'Ve Been Sitting Out, You Have Yet To Get Others Out Of The Pool, So I'M Going To Get Back In The Pool Till You Decide That Everyone Needs To Get Out. I'M Going To Enjoy The Afternoon With My Family&Quot;. He Threatened To Have Me Escorted Out By Police If I Dipped One Toe In The Pool. I Asked For His Supervisors Info And He Flat Refused And Said He Had Other Things To Take Care Of. I Insisted And Told Him Since I Was Paying To Enjoy The Park And Was Now Unable To, That I Would Just Keep Him Company Till He Found The Time To Get Me The Supers Info. He Found Time After About 10 Awkward Minutes Of Silence. He Chatted With His Supervisor About Personal Business Then Said, &Quot;Oh Boss, There'S A Woman Here (Briefed His Side Of The Mess And Then Handed Me The Phone) I Talked With The Supervisor, He Tried To Smooth Things Over. Told Me How The Cotton Shirts Are Detrimental To The Pool Filter And They Would Have To Shut Down. I Said If &Quot;If It'S So Detrimental Than He Should Immediately Asked The Others To Get Out Also, But He Didn'T And I Was Feeling Discriminated Against. The Others Were Still Out There. He Agreed And Said He Would Handle That Matter With Manager Pak And Agreed To Give Me A Refund Of Our Admission To The Park. Manager Pak Gets Back On The Phone And Laughs And Giggles And Shoots Looks At Me, Then Hangs Up. Rants About How It'S Not His Job To Tell People To Get Out Of The Pool, His Staff Is Trained To Do It And That He Only Deals With The Difficult Cases Such As Myself. Then Says He Will Get My Refund In A Few Minutes After I Get Him The Receipt. I Pointed Out That His Customer Service And Managerial Skills Were Seriously Lacking And His Supervisor Would Be Hearing From Me Again. He Said &Quot; Here'S Your Slip For A Refund, Now Leave.&Quot;
Do I Have A Discrimination Case? I Don'T Want Money. I Want The Brat To Apologize To Me For His Rudeness And Bigotry Against Me, And Be Required To Attend Customer Service Classes (The Army'S Version Of &Quot;Customer College&Quot;). Your Help Drafting A Letter On Your Letter Head And Possibly A Phone Call Or Two Is What I Need From An Attorny, Any Helpers?
I assume what you are really asking is if you have a discrimination case based on weight, not T-shirt material.
The answer is still no. It's private property and you aren't a protected class. Sorry. I know it sucks. If they gave you back your money, that's the end.
Any Tips For Mock Trial Defense Attorney?
Important: It Is A Mock Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald And I Am One Of The Two Defense Attorneys. Do You Have Any Information That Is Useful Wether It Be Pertaining To This Case, Or Just A Clever General Tactic.
All Help Is Appreciated, Thank You.
I was once a mock trial coach, and I found that the kids on my team were woefully unprepared, so my first bit of advice is prepare, prepare, prepare. For each witness, read over any statements they have given many times. Know every bit of discovery backward and forward.
In trials, I always use a trial notebook. For me, this is a three-ring binder with index tabs for:
One Tab for Each Prosecution Witness (for each one, put in any discovery for that person, with important areas highlighted, then have your list of cross exam questions that are suggested by the discovery)
One Tab for Each Defense Witness (again, put in discovery, and have your list of direct questions)
Rules of Evidence (a summary)
You have to pretty much know the rules of evidence, you don't have much time to object.
The most important ones:
Hearsay (basically the witness is testifying to what someone else said, and the reason the other attorney is trying to get it in is that he's trying to prove that what the original speaker said is true)
Some common exceptions to the hearsay rule are : that it's an admission, in crim law, of the defendant; and that it was an excited utterance, said right away after a surprising event.
No Foundation (the witness hasn't testified that he or she has a basis for knowing what he or she is testifying about).
Irrelevant (the witness is testifying about something which doesn't prove or disprove a matter that's in dispute, like the elements of the crime).
Try to make your objections in kind of an indignant tone of voice, like you can't believe the other attorney is trying to pull this. That gives you some authority with the judge and jury, and it freaks out your opponent.
When the prosecution puts a police officer on the stand, they'll try to get in all of his credentials, like how long he's been a police officer, where he's worked, on and on. This is just to build up his credibility with the jury. Immediately interrupt, and say that the defense stipulates to his credentials.
Treat your client with respect. Look at him with interest, put your hand on his shoulder once in a while, and give him a legal pad and a pen so he can write notes to you. Then he won't interrupt your listening to the trial by whispering to you.
We all know that the Dallas cops beat the crap out of Lee Harvey Oswald, so put a bunch of black and blue make-up on his face, like his wounds haven't healed.
Legal: Will, Executor, And Beneficiary?
I Know A Will Specifies, For Example, The House Goes To A And The Car Goes To B, Etc. My Questions Are: (1) If Some Of My Possessions Have Designated Beneficiaries, Do These Possessions Have To Be Mentioned In The Will? Or, Should I Just Prepare A List Of These Possessions To Give To The Executor? (2) Where Can I Find An Example Of Such A List? (3) Should The Will Specify Who The Executor Is? (4) Can I Keep The Original Copy Of The Will? Must The Lawyer Keep It? (5) Should The Lawyer Writing The Will Be Also The Executor? Thanks And Any Advice You Can Provide Is Appreciated.
Any assets with designated beneficiaries (such as bank accounts, 401ks, etc.) fall outside the will and go to the beneficairy upon evidence of death. The original of the will is given to you and should be put in a safe deposit box and relatives notified where it is. The attorney who drafts it generally keeps a copy and customarilly will be the attorney for your estate, but does not have to be. The executor is generally a trusted member of the family whom you expect to survive you. The question you should ask yourself is why a will instead of a trust? A will becomes public record upon probate, revealing all your assets, who you gave them to, and where those people live. It also envolves fees deducted from the estate and paid to both the executor and the probate attorney. These fess are set by statute based on a percentage of the value of the total estate. A trust never goes through the court or becomes a public record, and is often cheaper in the long run.
You can find more information on wills and trusts in your local library. A company called "nolo press" has many excellent books on this and other legal subjects.
How Do I Become An American Lawyer And Work And Live In Italy/Abroad?
I Am Looking To Go To An American Law School And Practice American Law But I Would Like To Live And Work In Italy. Possibly Working For An American Law Firm That Has Offices Abroad? Im Told Corporate Law Is The Way To Go But Im Just Wondering If Theres Anyone Out There Who Has Done This Or Even If Its Not Italy, Just Practice Law In Another Country With American Law Degree?
There are certainly American lawyers who work abroad. A friend of mine works for a large BigLaw firm and just got transferred from one of their US offices to the firm's Paris office.
It may be possible to do this unilaterally, but certainly not recommended. A firm (which yes, would usually be some sort of corporate law specialization) has the support structure in place (not to mention the clients) to allow American lawyers to work abroad. Without an attorney who's licensed to practice in the country signing off when necessary, you could get yourself in a lot of trouble very quickly. American public interest lawyers also practice abroad but not usually in Italy, though of course there are exceptions. Your law school can help you look into this if corporate law is not your thing. Another option may be in-house for the European branch of an American company, though these positions are usually only open to you a little later in your career.
For these kinds of firm jobs you'll need to be in the top 10% of your class from a well-regarded law school to have any kind of chance at all. To have a good chance you'd need to be in the top 33% from a T14 school. You'll also need to speak Italian (or whatever language) nearly fluently.