Finding A Seasoned Lawyer Irrespective of what your legal needs are you will notice that there are many lawyers in your neighborhood that advertise that they can focus on your kind of case. This can make the entire process of finding one with a lot of experience a bit of a challenge. However, in the event you follow the following you will be able to narrow down your quest to the correct one out of almost no time. The first step is to create a set of the lawyers that happen to be listed in the area that specialize in your position. While you are which makes this list you should only include those you have a good vibe about based upon their advertisement. You may then narrow this list down if you take a little while evaluating their website. There you will be able to find the number of years they have been practicing and a few general information about their success rates. At this time your list ought to have shrunken further to the people that you felt had professional websites as well as an appropriate volume of experience. You need to then make time to search for independent reviews for each attorney. Be sure you read the reviews instead of just relying upon their overall rating. The information from the reviews will give you a solid idea of how they connect to the clientele and the length of time they invest into each case that they are focusing on. Finally, you will want to talk with at the very least the final three lawyers that have the credentials you would like. This will give you some time to genuinely evaluate how interested these are in representing you and your case. It is actually vital that you follow most of these steps to ensure that you find a person which has the best measure of experience to get you the ideal outcome.
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Thinking About Going To Law School And Becoming A Lawyer?
I Have Always Been Interested In Law, And I Am Thinking About Going To Law School. The Thing That Is Holding Me Back Is That I Am Not That Articulate. I Can Get Nervous And Freeze Up In Front Of People, And I Also Am Not The Best When It Comes To Words And Convincing People.
But Those Things Are Very Important If You Want To Become A Successful Lawyer, Right? So, Do I Still Have A Shot? Or Should I Look Into Something Else?
Lawyers are a dime a dozen. 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.
From US News, Poor careers for 2006
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."
Growth of Legal Sector
Lags Broader Economy; Law Schools Proliferate
For graduates of elite law schools, prospects have never been better. Big law firms this year boosted their starting salaries to as high as $160,000. But the majority of law-school graduates are suffering from a supply-and-demand imbalance that's suppressing pay and job growth. The result: Graduates who don't score at the top of their class are struggling to find well-paying jobs to make payments on law-school debts that can exceed $100,000. Some are taking temporary contract work, reviewing documents for as little as $20 an hour, without benefits. And many are blaming their law schools for failing to warn them about the dark side of the job market.
The law degree that Scott Bullock gained in 2005 from Seton Hall University -- where he says he ranked in the top third of his class -- is a "waste," he says. Some former high-school friends are earning considerably more as plumbers and electricians than the $50,000-a-year Mr. Bullock is making as a personal-injury attorney in Manhattan. To boot, he is paying off $118,000 in law-school debt.
A slack in demand appears to be part of the problem. The legal sector, after more than tripling in inflation-adjusted growth between 1970 and 1987, has grown at an average annual inflation-adjusted rate of 1.2% since 1988, or less than half as fast as the broader economy, according to Commerce Department data.
On the supply end, more lawyers are entering the work force, thanks in part to the accreditation of new law schools and an influx of applicants after the dot-com implosion earlier this decade. In the 2005-06 academic year, 43,883 Juris Doctor degrees were awarded, up from 37,909 for 2001-02, according to the American Bar Association. Universities are starting up more law schools in part for prestige but also because they are money makers. Costs are low compared with other graduate schools and classrooms can be large. Since 1995, the number of ABA-accredited schools increased by 11%, to 196.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, the inflation-adjusted average income of sole practitioners has been flat since the mid-1980s. A recent survey showed that out of nearly 600 lawyers at firms of 10 lawyers or fewer in Indiana, wages for the majority only kept pace with inflation or dropped in real terms over the past five years.
Many students "simply cannot earn enough income after graduation to support the debt they incur," wrote Richard Matasar, dean of New York Law School, in 2005, concluding that, "We may be reaching the end of a golden era for law schools."
Now, debate is intensifying among law-school academics over the integrity of law schools' marketing campaigns.
David Burcham, dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, considered second-tier, says the school makes no guarantees to students that they will obtain jobs.
OK, I have to interject right here. Did a dean of a law school basically say you could go through all the nonsense of getting into law school, law school, ethics exam, bar exam and you should not expect some sort of gainful employment after you are through? You might as well go to Las Vegas and put your tuition money on the rouelette table and let it ride, you may have better odds of making money than going to his school and getting a decent paying law job. This guy is a jerk.
Yet economic data suggest that prospects have grown bleaker for all but the top students, and now a number of law-school professors are calling for the distribution of more-accurate employment information. Incoming students are "mesmerized by what's happening in big firms, but clueless about what's going on in the bottom half of the profession," says Richard Sander, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who has studied the legal job market.
But in law schools' self-published employment data, "private practice" doesn't necessarily mean jobs that improve long-term career prospects, for that category can include lawyers working under contract without benefits, such as Israel Meth. A 2005 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he earns about $30 an hour as a contract attorney reviewing legal documents for big firms. He says he uses 60% of his paycheck to pay off student loans -- $100,000 for law school on top of $100,000 for the bachelor's degree he received from Columbia University. "Most people graduating from law school," he says, "are not going to be earning big salaries."
Adding to the burden for young lawyers: Tuition growth at law schools has almost tripled the rate of inflation over the past 20 years, leading to higher debt for students and making starting salaries for most graduates less manageable, especially in expensive cities. Graduates in 2006 of public and private law schools had borrowed an average of $54,509 and $83,181, up 17% and 18.6%, respectively, from the amount borrowed by 2002 graduates, according to the American Bar Association.
But just as common -- and much less publicized -- are experiences such as that of Sue Clark, who this year received her degree from second-tier Chicago-Kent College of Law, one of six law schools in the Chicago area. Despite graduating near the top half of her class, she has been unable to find a job and is doing temp work "essentially as a paralegal," she says. "A lot of people, including myself, feel frustrated about the lack of jobs," she says.
The market is particularly tough in big cities that boast numerous law schools. Mike Altmann, 29, a graduate of New York University who went to Brooklyn Law School, says he accumulated $130,000 in student-loan debt and graduated in 2002 with no meaningful employment opportunities -- one offer was a $33,000 job with no benefits. So Mr. Altmann became a contract attorney, reviewing electronic documents for big firms for around $20 to $30 an hour, and hasn't been able to find higher-paying work since.
Some new lawyers try to hang their own shingle. Matthew Fox Curl graduated in 2004 from second-tier University of Houston in the bottom quarter of his class. After months of job hunting, he took his first job working for a sole practitioner focused on personal injury in the Houston area and made $32,000 in his first year. He quickly found that tort-reform legislation has been "brutal" to Texas plaintiffs' lawyers and last year left the firm to open up his own criminal-defense private practice.
He's making less money than at his last job and has thought about moving back to his parents' house. "I didn't think three years out I'd be uninsured, thinking it's a great day when a crackhead brings me $500."
Here is an example ad in Massachusetts for an experienced attorney, that mentions salary, it was posted this week. Most jobs don't state salary in the ad cause the pay is pretty low.
Office of the District Attorney, criminal attorney, for the Bristol County District seeks staff attorney for the Appellate Division. Excellent writing skills and a passion for appellate advocacy are a must. Salary $37,500. Preference given to candidates who live in or will relocate to Bristol County.
LOL, secretaries with no college can make more. What is even more sad is there will probably be like 50-100 lawyers that send in their resume for this ad.
Here is another attorney ad. They pay 35K-40K, yet they want someone with experie
What Is A Felony?
I Mean What Are Some Crimes That Are Considered Felonies?
felony is the term for a "very serious" crime, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. It is principally used in criminal law in the United States legal system.
The distinction between a felony and misdemeanor has been abolished by some common law jurisdictions (e.g. Crimes Act 1958 (Vic., Australia) s. 332B(1), Crimes Act 1900 (NSW., Australia) s. 580E(1)); other jurisdictions maintain the distinction, notably those of the United States. Those jurisdictions which have abolished the distinction generally adopt some other classification, e.g. in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom the crimes are divided into summary offences and indictable offences.
A felon is a person responsible for committing a felony.
A felony is one of the highest classes of offenses, and punishable with death or imprisonment. It is a crime punishable by 1 or more years of imprisonment, regarded in the US and other judicial systems as more serious than a misdemeanor. An offense carrying a lesser sentence is usually a misdemeanor.
Crimes which are commonly considered to be felonies include, but are not limited to: aggravated assault and/or battery, arson, burglary, drug possesion, embezzlement, racketeering, murder, and rape. A third offense for drinking and driving is also a felony in most states. Those who are convicted of a felony are known as felons, a social stigma. Originally, felonies were crimes for which the punishment was either death or forfeiture of property. In modern times felons can receive punishments which range in severity; from probation, to imprisonment, to execution. In the United States felons often receive additional punishments such as the loss of voting rights, exclusion from certain lines of work, prohibition from obtaining certain licenses, exclusion from purchase/possession of firearms or ammunition, and ineligibility to run for or be elected to public office. In addition, some states consider a felony conviction to be grounds for an uncontested divorce. These, among other losses of privileges not included explicitly in sentencing, are known as collateral consequences of criminal charges.
Bar Association Question?
I Work At A Gas Station In New York State, I Have To Id Anyone Who Purchases Beer Or Tobacco Products If They Look Like They'Re Under 30 Years Old. If They Can'T Present A Valid Id I Can'T Sell Them The Product.
Well Tonight A Woman Comes In Wanting To Buy Beer, I Didn'T Id Her Because She Was Clearly Over 30.
I Bag The Beer, Tell Her The Total And She Gives Me This Gleeful Smile Before Informing Me That She'S With The Bar Association And I'M Getting A Red Card Because I Didn'T Id Her. She Asked For My Name And Told Me They'D Be Out All Week Doing This.
Logic Is Telling Me She Is Full Of It Because I'Ve Been Working At This Place For Over A Year And Never Once Have I Heard Of This Happening. She Didn'T Say A Word About Getting Arrested Or Fined Or Anything Except For That Red Card.
I Need This Job So I'M Obviously A Little
Worried. I Just Wonder If This Is True At All?
The bar association deals with enforcing the community guidelines of lawyers, and as such, can only effect lawyers. Enforcing law is up to the police or other federal agency (FBI, CIA, etc), who can lead to criminal prosecutions.
The bar can only strip you of your legal legitimacy as a lawyer. They can still report you to the cops, but only in the same capacity as any other citizen.
If You Could Ask A Lawyer A Question..?
What Would You Ask? We Have A Lawyer Coming To Class.
Yes, I Know.. Why Are Lawyers Souless And Moneygrubbers Yada Yada..
I Was Looking For Something More Respectful And Insightful Into The Law.
Here are some questions that you could ask that are similar to what you are asking, yet phrased with more respect:
Why do you think some people have a negative image of lawyers, and what do you think should be done to correct the problem?
In order to correct the image problem that lawyers have, do you think the regulation of lawyers should be done by the legislature, or that lawyers should regulate themselves through a bar organization?
What do you think about billing clients on an hourly basis ($300 per hour, for example) versus billing them a contingent fee that takes up to 33% or 40% of whatever is recovered? Do you think lawyers should charge a flat fee for services instead ($5000 per personal injury case, for example) instead of on an hourly or contingency basis?
Do you think the negative image that lawyers sometimes have is a result of those bad commercials we see on t.v.? If so, do you think there should be stricter standards on these commercials?
Jehovahs Witness Elders Are You Aware Of What The Law Requires In The Reporting Of Child Molestation?
Or Better Yet &Quot;Suspected&Quot; Child Abuse Or Molestation
Pay Cesar'S Things To Cesar And Gods Things To God.......Wouldn'T This Scripture Reinforce That Your 2 Eye Witness To Molestation Or Sexual Abuse Is A Violation Of Scripture As Well As A Violation Of Law?
This helps them protect the image of the congregation and hush any rumors that one of them may be a pedophile. Its sad that as shepherds of the flock, they allow wolves to move in and devour (abuse) one of the most innocent flock. This gives this evil man a free pass to re-offend with other children. He wears his honorable title to gain trust and access to more victims and no one can or will do anything to stop it! This must end! Its time that elders who are aware of abuse fulfill their responsibilities in protecting the victims even if an elder is forced to confess to the authorities THE TRUTH of his actions rather then protecting the abuser.
If they feel that this man is misjudged, let the justice system sort it out rather then 'leaving it in Jehovah's hands'. If you saw a man with a mask enter his neighbor's house, does he wait for more witnesses or leave it to god to sort it out and 'pray on it' or does he MAKE THE CALL? Any elder who is responsible for covering up the crimes of the pedophile bears responsibility for another child getting abused. How do you think Jehovah would feel about him if he failed to 'lay bear his sin' or that of a brother? And if he confesses and apologizes, is this JUSTICE to 'let it go'?
You teach that JEHOVAH allows this system of things to exist for a reason. Ensuring the safety of its citizens is a damned good reason. Don't let this practice continue. If you are aware of child abuse in the congregation, you must report it!
How To Get Nursing Home Medicaid Without Losing Everything?
My Grandmother Is In A Nursing Home And We Were Told That Her Medicare Days Are Running Out In A Little Over 30 Days. We Were Told We Need To Apply Her For Nursing Home Medicaid And If She Is Approved The Nursing Home Will Get All Of Her Income Except For $242 Per Month (This Is Left For Us To Pay All Of Her Expenses). Also, They Told Us That Medicaid Might Be Able To Take Her Land, Bank Accounts, And Ira To Pay For Her Care. If She Cannot Get Nursing Home Medicaid We Will Have To Pay Her Bill Which Will Be From $5000-$8000 Per Month. We Don'T Want Her To Lose Everything She Has Worked Her Entire Life For, But We Cannot Afford To Pay This Outrageous Amount Every Month. Does Anyone Have Any Advice For Us That Might Help. We Are Going This Week To File For Her Medicaid Nursing And We Kinda Of Have An Idea On What We Need To Take, But We Need Some Outside Advice As Well. We Live In Nc If That Might Help. Thanks To All Who Can Offer Any Advice.
Elder law attorneys and certain financial planners specialize in Medicaid qualification. They may be able to devise a strategy to offer limited help, but in the end, Medicaid is welfare, and is designed to help only the poor.
Unfortunately, this is a costly scenario that will be suffered by a majority of people as those who have refused to plan accordingly reach their latter years. Everyone should have a long term care insurance plan in place by age 65; preferably by age 50.
Mbrcatz: It's not often you and I agree in this forum, but you nailed this one right on!