Finding A Seasoned Lawyer Regardless of what your legal needs are you will find that there are countless lawyers in the area that advertise which they specialize in your kind of case. This could make the whole process of finding one with quite a lot of experience a bit of a challenge. However, if you follow the tips below you will be able to define your search to the right one in very little time. Step one is to produce a list of the lawyers which can be listed in your neighborhood focusing on your situation. While you are which makes this list you need to only include those which you have a great vibe about according to their advertisement. After that you can narrow this list down by taking a bit of time evaluating their webpage. There you should be able to find the number of years they are practicing plus some general specifics of their success rates. At this point your list ought to have shrunken further to the people that you felt had professional websites and an appropriate amount of experience. You must then spend some time to lookup independent reviews of each and every attorney. Make sure to see the reviews instead of just depending on their overall rating. The data in the reviews will provide you with an idea of the way they connect to their clientele and the time they invest into each case that they are working on. Finally, you will need to talk with at least the last three lawyers which have the credentials you are interested in. This will provide you with the time to truly evaluate how interested they are in representing you and your case. It really is important to follow most of these steps to ensure that you find a person that has the proper amount of experience to help you the perfect outcome.
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I Have Been Attending College For About Three Months Now. A Couple Weeks Ago My School Gave Me A Check For A Couple Hundred Dollars, They Said With My Grants And Financial Aid, There Was An Overage And This Money Was Mine. A Couple Days Ago, They Called Me And The Lady Told Me That She Made A Mistake And They Need Me To Repay This Money Right Away. I Am Unemployed And Extremely Broke Right Now, I Commute To School And The Money Basically All Went To Gas And Groceries So It Is Gone And I Have No Way Of Repaying It. Also, They Said They Need Me To Sign Some Paper. I'M Thinking They Messed Up And Are Trying To Trick Me Into Paying This Money Back When Legally I Don'T Have To. They Gave Me A Check, Not A Loan. Help?
Schools can put a financial hold on your account, which can stop you from registering for classes or getting a copy of your transcript.
Call the financial aid office and tell them that you were sent a check that has already been spent and you need to work out an arrangement that you both find acceptable.
Salary Question For Lawyers ( Family Law Or Intellectual Property Specialization)?
I Am A Professional It Manager Who Is Looking Into Changing Career So I Don'T End Up Like So Many Great It Managers That Just Because They Are Old And A Younger Person With Less Salary Can Do The Job, They Are Almost Out Of Job Or Have A Job But Got Salary Cut. Trust Me I Have Seen A Lot Of These Cases Around Me So I Was Thinking To Go Back To School To Practice Law And Make Good Money No Matter How Old I Get, I'D Still Have A Good Job And A Good Salary. Now ... Can Someone Tell Me Which One I Would Make More Money? Family Law ( I Live In L.A By The Way) Or Intellectual Property?
I Heard The School I Choose To Go To Matters For The Intellectual Property Practice. I Can'T Leave L.A So What Are My Options?
I Really Need To Know What Is The Minimum Salary When I Start My Law Career Too Cause I Am Walking Away From A Very Good Salary In It Mgmt So I Need To Make Sure I Think Through This Big Change Before Doing Anything. Much Appreciated!
As a former Director of IT who used to make 6 figure salary in the 1990's before I just HAD to go to law school, my advice to is stop before you make the biggest financial error in your life. Please ignore the media myth that all lawyers make big money, it is a lie. The reality is that the average attorney salary is in the low 40,000.
Yes some lawyers make more --- those who go right from the top tier college, to the top tier law school (Harvard, Yale), get top grades, are on law review, and are well connected (maybe mommy or daddy is in politics or has their own law firm). The rest of us, the 98%, scramble for a few 18 hour a day, 7 day a week, low pay, burn out jobs.
Do some research. Law firms are laying off right now. Many of the big firms have already announced that there will be zero hiring of new grads in 2010 and 2011. Those who graduated this year, with their $100,000 student loans, are having problems getting any job, let alone one in a law firm. The profession is full and has been since the early 1990s when I graduated. The only openings are when people burn out, or go to another profession. Plus every law school is sending out more and more people every year.
You will not make good money, even if you can get a job. Because of the glut of lawyers out there and few jobs the employers are able to pay what they want. For example it is no unusual for an employer to "take on" a legal association for zero salary - yes that is no pay -- just to see how they work out. Illegal you say, well that is no problem to a group of lawyers.
Discrimination, as an IT person for years I never once encountered any age or sex discrimination. As a lawyer, especially an older female, it is rampant. It sucks to go to work and have to put up with the sexual comments, getting a lower salary than the male attorneys, and even hearing comments from the judges. It is a fight. I had one job where I was put at the reception desk to answer phones plus handle 28 active cases, while the men all got offices and were routinely assigned only 5 cases.
Finally if you want to get into intellectual property you will need to take additional courses beyond what law school provides. You will then need to sit for an additional bar exam. Intellectual property lawyers can make more money. Family law is great if you like seeing people use their kids as pawns. Family law has the highest amount of clients who report their attorneys. That is the client complains and the attorney may lose their licsence to practice law. Family law attorneys are also some of the lowest paid because the family is breaking up and no one has money.
Let me suggest that you go for an MBA in IT. Yes, I do understand about how IT is being destroyed by out sourcing, many of my clients are victims. But law is not the answer. Law is not a place to look for any financial security. I have been in this business since 1993, have my own firm, have a good reputation, usually busy, I have yet to get back to that IT salary.
How To Become A Family Lawyer?
I Want To Become A Lawyer But Under Family Law. So How Would I Go To School And What Would I Study So I Could Become That
In the USA, to become a Lawyer, IF you go to school full-time:
1) Bachelor's degree - four years from a traditional college/university.
2) Study for LSAT. Take LSAT.
3) Law school - three MORE years.
4) Study for Bar Exam. Take Bar Exam in the state where you want to practice.
5) Pass the Character and Fitness Evaluation. Then you can practice Law.
6) You still have to take additional classes/seminars/legal training etc. each year to obtain CEUs to keep your license to practice Law. (You aren't done with school!!)
7) In many states there are even laws requiring a certain percentage of your legal work to be "pro bono" (free of charge) for some charitable purpose.
Choosing a career is one of life's most important and difficult decisions. But knowing what your expectations are, and then comparing them to the realities will help you make educated decisions.
There are more attorneys than there are legal employment positions. We simply already have way too many Legal Professionals. AND the legal profession is dramatically changing: it is in absolute CRISIS! Job searching in this vocational field has changed >>DRAMATICALLY<< in the last five years. And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years.....
Be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are STILL in a World-wide Recession. Obviously, economic conditions affect the number of jobs available. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<< Even in a Recovery, there are some jobs that just won't return - the field of Law won't make a comeback. Too many things have changed in this vocational field.
Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons: We now have computers. So, many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet and legal books. Also, there are a lot of companies out there making very efficient legal software for the field of Law. Today's graduating lawyers tend to be very computer savvy, so they just do the work themselves to save themselves the cost of overhead - they aren't hiring legal staff. Also, the "Public" buys this legal software/law books in order to get legal work done without the expense of an Attorney. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we just have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc) For example: Sites like legalzoom.com have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do.
The field of Law has a mystique that actually exceeds reality. The field of Law is a vastly overrated career - especially by television.<< There are many myths regarding the field of Law. Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV.
Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!!<<<
Even if you do finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking (at an alarming rate), many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid <<this would be your competition. And the competition is fierce in TODAY's job market!!
Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves.
>>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<
If you don't believe me, then:
**Check out these websites:
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**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law.
**Call some local law firms - ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in the field of Law..................
**Do "informational interviews" with several attorneys from at least two or three different firms. (You can find how to do "informational interviews" from your local Public Library - ask the Librarian.) Interviewing attorneys is a time-efficient and extremely beneficial way of discovering if law is the right vocational field for you. Talk to a few Human Resource Managers who work at employers in the field of Law. Ask them what their opinion is on future job availability for the field of Law. Ask them if they have any current open positions. Ask them how many resumes they receive when they advertise ONE open position. (It is ususally approximately 300 resumes are received for each open position advertised.) If you personally know a practicing lawyer, set up a time with them to do an "informational interview" to ask them about their career. Talk to many attorneys. Better yet, spend an entire day with one of them.
**Talk to recent law graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities. <<<<<
Read the book "So You Want to be a Lawyer?" by Marianne Calabrese and Susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1): "The United States has more lawyers than any other country in the world. About 38,000 students graduate >each year< from the 200+ law schools in the United States. The competition is very keen for jobs and clients."
If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare<<<, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.
(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)
Do Anyone Know Any Good Child Custody Lawyers In San Antonio, Texas?
My Husband Has A 6 Year Old In Texas Living With His Ex. He Has Not Heard From Her Or Talked To His Son In A Year. He Has Vistation Rights, And She Has Moved And Changed Her Number. We Have Sent Things To Him For His Birthday, Christmas And It All Gets Return. He Really Misses His Son, And I Hate To See My Husband Hurting So Bad. He Really Loves His Son And He Is A Good Man, Just Wanting To Make Sure His Son Is Doing Good. He Would Be On Top Of The World If He Can Only Hear His Voice.
We Will Keep Trying To Find Her, But We Are In Kentucky There Is So Much We Can Do. So I'M Hoping Someone Can Help Me. Because Now The Only Route We Can Take Is A Legal One, But I Need Some Help Finding A Lawyer. Please Help A Father Looking For His Son. We Do Know She Is Still In San Antonio.
I would check out targetlaw.com. This is a really good search engine with attorneys. (Doesn't look pretty but the results are great). Just put a search into the search engine box such as San Antonio Texas Custody lawyer and I'm sure you will get a ton of lawyers that handle custody cases in San Antonio.
I have attached the link for you. Good luck!
Massachusetts Custody Laws Without Custody Agreement?
What Are The Massachusetts State Laws Regarding Custody Of Children When There Is No Court Appointed Custody Agreement In Effect?????Does The Parent Also Have The Right To Keep The Child As Long As He/She Pleases And Do They Have To Abide By The Other Parents Guidline For Visitation When There Is No Custody Agreement?????
Without a custody agreement the parties would be controlled by a mutual agreement between the parties, in Mass you start on equal footing Custody/Visitation Overview
The care and control of a child is called custody. There are two parts to custody: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody of a child means having the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child’s upbringing – schooling, religion, medical care, etc.
Physical custody means that a parent has the right to have a child live with him or her.
Sole custody means only one of the parents makes decisions for the child.
At the outset, parents start with joint custody rights and responsibilities. Courts can determine custody and issue custody orders in a divorce or other proceeding involving the children.
Parents who don’t live together have joint custody (also called shared custody) when they share the decision-making responsibilities and/or control and custody of the children. Joint custody works well if you live near the other parent, as it lessens the stress on children and allows them to maintain a somewhat normal routine.
Disagreement over custody is almost guaranteed to put you right in the middle of a bitterly contested and expensive lawsuit. Custody cases are the cruelest and most destructive types of litigation. They are expensive both emotionally and financially.
Tx Family Law On One Joint Custody Parent Moving Children Out Of State.?
Below is Texas Family Law Code.
What do you mean by ... "one joint custody". Do you mean just joint custody .. meaning both of you ?
When joint custody exists .. permission has to be granted .. and it is best to have an agreement which is agreed on by both parties - presented to the Judge, and signed by the Judge - so their will be no future problems ... OR .. if an agreement cannot be reached between both parents - then present the problem to the Judge.