4 Strategies To Help Your Lawyer Help You When you want an attorney for any reason, you should work closely with them in order to win your case. Regardless how competent they may be, they're likely to need your help. Listed below are four important ways to help your legal team assist you to win: 1. Be Totally Honest And Up Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - whatever information you're planning to reveal to them. Privilege means anything you say is stored in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team must know everything in advance - especially information another side could find out about and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep a continuous and factual account of information associated with your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the current data they should assist them to win. 3. Appear Early For All Those Engagements Do not be late when you're appearing before a court and get away from wasting the attorney's time, too, by being punctually, whenever. In reality, because you might need to discuss last second details or perhaps be extra prepared for the case you're facing, it's a great idea to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate Which You Have Your Act Together If you've been arrested for any kind of crime, it's important to be able to convince the legal court that you simply both regret the actions and so are making strides toward increasing your life. By way of example, if you're facing driving under the influence, volunteer to get a rehab program. Be sincere and associated with the community the judge is presiding over. Working more closely with your legal team increases your odds of absolute success. Try these tips, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you ought to win your case.
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Is This A Felony Dui Or Misdemeanor Dui?
Like If Someone In California Under The Drinking Age But An Adult Drank Alcohol And Then Sped In Excess Of 80 Mph And Crashed Into Some Houses And Nobody Gets Seriously Hurt. First Off All What Is Considered &Quot;Drunk&Quot; For A Person Under The Drinking Age Of 21? Second, I Read That A Dui Felony Needs Aggravating Factors Such As Speeding. Would This Qualify? I Would Especially Like Answers From Informed Lawyers.
While there are laws making it unlawful for a person under 21 to drive with as little as .01% alcohol, that is NOT DUI. DUI is driving with .08% or more, or driving under the influence (meaning that the alcohol affects your ability to drive safely). DUI can be a felony with three priors within 10 years, or if the driver violates any additional law or neglects any duty, and any person suffers any bodily injury (not just serious). (Veh C 12153.) It is not felony DUI, for example, if the "drunk" driver gets hit by another car if the driver did not violate the law or neglect a duty. Usually, however, it is the drunk who has caused the accident.
ADD: The statement that a DUI with "an accident" can be charged as a felony is incorrect. As I state, the drunk driver must have also violated a law or neglected a duty AND there must be an injury.
Legal Aid/Advice In Texas?
I Am A Woman Needing Legal Aid For Divorce And To Get Legal Custody Of My Child. It May Be A Sticky Custody Battle That Will Go On And On. I Am Not Wanting To Be The One To File For The D Due To My Religious Beliefs. He Is Going To File, But I Don'T Know When Or What He Wants Cause He'S Not Talking To Me Or Even Coming By To See His Child Anymore.
All He Has Told Me Is That He Needs To Have The Time To Save Up A Bunch Of Money For The D. In My Head It'S Going Over And Over He'S Needing To Save A Bunch Of Money Cause He Wants Custody Of Our Child. I Don'T Know What I'M Supposed To Do? I Don'T Have The Money For An Attorney And Don'T Know When I'M Going To Get The D Papers.
Does Anyone Know Of A Free Attorney I Can Just Talk With In East Tx To Get Some Advice? Is There Legal Aid For Woman That Need Help?
As an FYI, when I used to work on divorce cases I ALWAYS recommended that my client be the one to file for divorce. (And I heard all of the standard excuses: Religion and "I don't want my kids to blame me" being the most popular.) And every client who ignored my advice and let the spouse file eventually admitted that they should have listened to me. If a divorce is inevitable, for goodness sake, get into the darn driver's seat and take control of your life and the process. It is ALWAYS better to be on the offensive rather than the defensive.
It is very difficult to find pro bono family law attorneys. Family law cases tend to be bottomless pits that drag out for extended periods . . . and clients tend not to listen to you. (So the thought process is if you have a client who isn't going to take your advice, you should be getting paid for it.) You can try looking in the phone book for a County Legal Services. You also might check with domestic abuse programs to see if they have any legal programs. Finally, go to your courthouse to pick up the divorce paperwork - you might also be able to find out if there is a legal service that could help you with your paperwork.
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Does A Family/Divorce Lawyer Have To Go To Court?
Many People Told Me I Should Become A Lawyer. I Am Currently Interested In Becoming A Family/Divorce Lawyer, But I Am Not Interested In Going To Court. Does This Field Require You To Go To Court?
Of course they do. Behind criminal lawyers, family lawyers probably spend more time in front of a Judge than anyone. All divorces have to be signed off on by a Judge, plus most divorces include custody disputes, which usually involve a Judge having to make the final decision. Family and divorce law is primarily adversarial, which means going before a Judge.
The only type of lawyers who don't go to court are in-house counsel for large companies who provide legal advice for the company and patent lawyers (which requires having a science or engineering background from college). Every other type of lawyer will be going to court at least occasionally. But family lawyers moreso than most.
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California Probate Laws?
I Am Trying To Find An Answer For A Friend. His Father Died Two Days Ago. He Left A Will Leaving The House To His Son. Would The House Go Into Probate? And If It Did, Could He Live In The House Or Would He Have To Move?
Your friend needs the advice of a reputable attorney who understands probate/estate/real estate matters.
Your friend needs to make sure he understands what his father's financial situation was and what type of estate plan his father left -- was it a trust or was it a stand-alone will (a lot of people mistakenly refer to a trust as a will and do not understand the difference or the ramifications of the differences). If the father had a trust, properly transferred ownership of the house to the trust (this would be evidenced by a duly-recorded deed) and the trust included language giving the house to your friend there may be no need for a probate.
If there is only a will, your friend and the attorney need to look at the deed -- how did the father hold title to the house? Did the deed contain language transferring ownership (or a life estate interest in the house) to your friend on the death of his father? The deed will trump the will because the father cannot make a bequest of property that he does not own.
There are a number of ways people can "hold title" to property. If the father held title as a single person or as an individual, and made no provisions for transfer of ownership in the deed, the house would likely become a part of the estate and would have to go through probate.
If your friend's father held title as a "joint tenant" with another person or persons then the entire ownership (and any mortgage liability) transfers over to the surviving owner or owner(s) named in the deed (regardless of what the will says). If that person is someone other than your friend, there could be problems.
If your friend's father held title as a "tenant in common" instead of the property ownership automatically passing to the surviving owner or owners named in the deed, as in the case of a property owned on a Joint Tenancy described above; the deceased party's share of the property (together with a corresponding share of any mortgage liability outstanding), will pass to their estate for distribution in accordance with the terms of their estate plan.
There is an old saying that the "devil is in the details" and there are soooooo many details that could cause problems here, for example: Was the father married? Does your friend have a living mother or step-mother who is residing in the home, a minor-aged or disabled sibling/half sibling who is residing in the home? Is there a mortgage or reverse mortgage on the house? If there is a mortgage, was the father the only person legally responsible for making payments (if the house goes to your friend, can he afford the payments he'll inherit; would he want to live there, etc)? If there was a reverse mortgage, was the father the only person legally entitled to receive payments (could your friend afford to pay-off the reverse mortgage without selling the house, would he want to)? Did the father have a lot of debt, owe back taxes (property or income), etc? Are there any debt-related liens against the house?
I hope this helps.