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How Do I Find A Pro-Bono Lawyer (Not Legal Aid) To Help With A Custody Battle?
I Am Going Through A Tough Custody Battle Where Domestic Violence Is Involved, And I Cannot Find Help Anywhere. Is There A Place Besides Legal Aid That You Can Find A Lawyer That Will Do Pro-Bono Work? I Can Explain Further If Needed For Finding A Lawyer Purpose. (I Am In Michigan)
Normally legal aid is the agency that will handle pro-bono type cases. It differs from state to state though. Other than a legal aid office, probably the best source for possible pro-bono would your state's bar association. Most state's bar association has a pro-bono division (or have the phone to give you) where private lawyers have volunteered to do some pro-bono work. You will have to qualify and such but if you do qualify, they will normally assign your case to a private attorney (rather than legal aid) who will do the work without charge to you. You would still be responsible for the costs though.
Please note though that a "tough custody battle" is not something most attorneys want to get involved in when they are not being paid to do it. You may not qualify for pro-bono or your type of case may not be one that pro-bono is done. If you are accepted, once an attorney sees that it is very involved and will cost him/her a lot of time, they may decline to handle the case. Legal aid, or hiring a private attorney, may be your only options.
Can I Be Successful In The Field Of Law As A Minority, Female Attorney?
I Know This Seems Like A Bit Of A Stupid Question. I'Ve Decided That I Want To Go To Law School, But I'M Not Sure Of Which Area Of Law Yet. But Today I Was Talking To One Of My Close Friends, And He Was Telling Me &Quot;You Know, People Are Going To Be Really Reluctant To Hire You. Most People Want A Jewish Male Attorney, And You Being An African American Female, It'S Gonna Be Extra Tough For You.&Quot; Granted, His Father Is A Jewish Male Attorney, So He Could Be A Bit Biased, But Other People Have Told Me The Same Thing. Obviously, Choosing An Attorney Shouldn'T Be Based On Race, But On Skill, But How Will I Have A Chance To Prove Myself If This Really Is True? So I Guess My Question Is, Is This Really True? And If So, How Can I Try To Overcome This To Prove Myself As A Great Attorney?
Also, Please No Rude Or Racist Comments. I Need Serious Answers. Thank You!
I am a white, Roman Catholic female, who was over 40 when I graduated law school.
This issue of being Jewish is just nonsense anymore. Maybe at some time in the 1950s a person's religion was important but not now. Granted there are some law firms who hire by religion, but they are very few and are staffed by the old guys or at those the old thinking guys. Heck, in Chicago we have an active Christian bar association that holds an annual Red Mass at the Cathedral -- it is sold out months before the event.
This is the same bs that the old attorneys, and I mean those who went to law school 1940-1970 preach. They will tell you that you must belong to some organization like Kiwanis (sp), or Chamber or Commerce, or other male oriented old-boy-network to get clients. Again bs. Even members of these organizations will pick the attorney who does the best job for the least amount of money over a fellow member.
Now the issue of being a female is another thing. There is lots and lots of gender discrimination in the field of law. When I went on interviews I would be asked how fast I typed, if I was planning to have kids, was I married -- you know all those allegedly illegal questions.
I worked for a firm with 2 other male attorneys and no support staff. I was put at the reception desk where I answered the phones, typed the one partners notes, and handled about 40 of my own cases. You should have seen the look on the clients faces when they were assigned to the receptionist. Once I learned all I could from this job I went on to open my own firm in competition to this one. They no longer exist.
So you will encounter sex discrimination. Because the profession of law is over 40% female there are lots of others fighting the same thing. There are also woman's bar associations that can help out.
As for race, it really is not an issue in law. At least the profession has come that far. A black lawyer appears to have the same opportunites. I believe that is thanks to the great work done by the black lawyers bar associations.
If you really want to become an attorney and have that calling, go for it. It is the best job you can ever have. Good luck.
How Can I Find A Business Litigation Attorney On Contingency?
I Have A Strong Breach Of Contract Case And Want To Find A Business Attorney, Knowledgeable In Contract Law, Who'Ll Take It On Contingency. How Can I Find Such An Attorney? Most Biz Attorney'S Want To Be Paid Hourly
You call around and ask. Maybe you'll get lucky and find somebody with nothing better to do. I wouldn't count on it though.
A Question For Aggressive !! Civil Attorneys?
I Know A Friend Who Is Out Of State, And Is Trying To Establish A New Life In This City. He Needs Shelter, And This Homeless Shelter Is Refusing To Provide Shelter On Grounds That It Is Against Their &Quot;Policy&Quot; To Provide Shelter To Out Of State Residents. Now I Know Who Ever Is Reading This May Just Conclude That This Is Within Their Right.
However I Believe Their Are Many Possible Legal Issues With This Situation.
The Legal Issues That Could Be Surrounding This Issue Could Be But Not Limited To:
C) Civil Rights (I Know This May Be A Stretch, But It Is Illegal To Discriminate Against Someone On Grounds Of Race, Religion, National Origin, Sexual Orientation, Etc. It Seems To Me That Regional Status Could Be An Unexplored Venue In Discrimination. (Lets Face It Their Is A Long History Of Discrimination Based On People From Other Regions)
Another Thought That Comes To Mind That Is, If The Shelter Is Receiving Any Funding On The Federal Or Even State Level Could Determine If Their Policy Is Even Legal.
Any Thoughts On This? Everyone Is Invited To Answer This Question, However I Want Lawyers, Paralegals, Student Lawyers, Or Even People Who Really Study It.
Well, I'm wondering what the concept of "residency" even means for a homeless person. But anyway ...
"I know this may be a stretch, but it is illegal to discriminate against someone on grounds of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. It seems to me that regional status could be an unexplored venue in discrimination"
Yeah, it's a stretch. Race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation are things recognized as being impossible or very inconvenient to change. OTOH, if a person from Georgia doesn't like being from Georgia, he or she is quite free to move to Alabama.
Besides, just about every law on the books makes some sort of distinction between classes of citizens, and so the canard that "it discriminates" is pretty hollow -- but that doesn't stop attorneys from trying to use it, and some judges from falling for it.
But even if that issue did get to court in a lawsuit, I imagine the opposing argument would be some variant of the "rational basis" or "compelling state interest" variety. In this case, it's a pretty safe bet that the homeless center was set up to serve the needs of the *local* community. Bear in mind that the homeless shelters of, say, New York City, have a hard enough time serving NYC's homeless population; that they cannot possibly serve the homeless populations of Chicago, Atlanta, etc. as well; and that homeless people in those cities presumably have similar resources in their own areas.
Can A Teen Write A Legal Will And If So, How?
I Am 16 And I Want To Start Writing My Last Will And Testament But I Don'T Know How. If I Were To Just Write One Out Would It Be Legal And Hold Up In Court? I Just Want To Make Sure That If I Die I Know My Stuff Will Go To The Person I Want It To Go To.
Yes, a teen can write a legal will. An 18 year old can write a legal will. Or any teenager who has been legally emancipated can write a legal will.
The average 16 year old cannot write a valid will. And frankly, the average 16 year old does not legally own any property. So, I'm not sure what you think is your "stuff" but if you do have any personal items you would like to be give to a specific person, you can sit down with your parents and tell them. But without your parents' consent, your wishes would have no legal effect.
EDIT: And Jack has absolutely no clue what he is talking about. A valid will is most definitely binding. A properly drafted will that is challenged in court would hold up in court. And every will I have ever drafted includes a provision that anyone who challeges the will in court shall be disinherited (of course, this has no impact on someone who was already disinherited in the will - but if Black Sheep of the Family, Youngest Son John is given $20k in Dad's will while his sister gets the rest of the estate (valued at $500k), John can try to challenge the will but if and when he loses he won't even get the $20k.)
Should I Get A Lawyer?
My Car Was Rearended And I Am Now Feeling Pain In My Neak And Back.
Should I Deal With The Insurance Company Or Get A Pi Lawyer.
God I'm sorry to hear this. No don't go to a lawyer first. Go to a doctor first. If you go to a lawyer first the insurance company's lawyers will claim you didn't feel bad enough because you didn't seek medical assistance first. Rather you went to find a lawyer first because you just want the money. Ergo you're not really hurt. See what I'm saying? Go to the doctor first.