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3 Ways To Know You've Picked The Right Lawyer It's pretty intimidating to pass through the court system, especially if you lack confidence with your legal team. Listed below are three important approaches to understand that you've hired the proper lawyer: 1. They Are Experts In Your Kind Of Case Legislation is frequently tricky and this requires specialists to tackle the tough cases. If you want a legal representative, look for person who deals with the issue you're facing. Regardless of whether a relative or friend recommends you employ a good they understand, should they don't have got a focus that's similar to your case, keep looking. When your attorney is an expert, especially in the difficulty you're facing, you know you've hired the right one. 2. The Lawyer Carries A Winning Record Depending on the circumstances, it might be hard to win an instance, specifically if the team working for you has hardly any experience. Try to find practices which may have won numerous cases that pertain to yours. Although this is no guarantee that you simply case will be won, it provides you with a much better shot. 3. They Listen And Respond In case the attorney you've chosen takes time to hear your concerns and answer your inquiries, you've probably hired the best one. Regardless of how busy they are or how small your concerns seem off their perspective, it's crucial that they answer you in the caring and timely manner. From the aim of take a look at a typical citizen who isn't informed about the judicial system, court cases could be pretty scary you need updates as well as feel as if you're area of the solution. Some attorneys are simply considerably better to your case than others. Make sure you've hired the best team for your personal circumstances, to actually can placed the matter behind you as fast as possible. Faith with your legal representative is the initial step to winning any case.

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I Am Searching For A Good Lawyer To Investigate A Wrongful Death Case Near Philadelphia?
I Need To Speak To A &Quot;Good&Quot; Lawyer To Look Into A Wrongful Death Case, I'Ve Asked For Advice From Friends To No Avail. How To I Find A Good Lawyer Without Talking To Everyone In The Book And Then Still Hoping I Didn'T Pick A Looser?

Call the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Philadelphia County, Philadelphia: (215) 238-1701
you can also refer to this website for more help:

How Do I Find A Job At A Law Firm?
I Am Nineteen And Currently Work At A Law Firm As A File Clerk. I Got This Job Because My Mom Worked There And Talked Them Into Hiring Me, So Really, I Didn'T Have To Do Anything. Well, Now I'M Ready To Move On To A New Law Office So That I Can Get More Hours, Maybe As A Receptionist Or Runner. But, I Really Don'T Know How To Go About This. Should I Just Call Places And Ask If They Need A Receptionist, Or Is That Considered Rude? I'Ve Looked Online For Such Jobs And Can'T Find Any At All.

Even though you currently work at a law firm, you apparently still have a lot to learn regarding the vocational field of Law.

The previous poster "sitcpsitcb" is right on target: Today, in the vocational field of Law, even the receptionists and runners have BACHELORS degrees. She is also right in saying that your best best is to use the network you currently have in place. (BEG for a break.) You didn't have to reall "do anything" to get the job that you have? Well, you are going to have to work HARD to advance in this field. You have looked online and can't find any legal jobs? There's a reason..........

Why?!? What's going on?

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 - it is EXTREMELY competitive. 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 have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do.

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.

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!!!<<<

Regarding being a Paralegal: Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law TODAY want employees with >>>BACHELORS<<< degrees from traditional (bricks and mortar) colleges/universities. Those "certificates" you see advertised aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally SCAMS. (>>I found this out the hard way.) Also, the law school's program needs to be accredited by the American Bar Association - if it isn't, you are just wasting your time/money.

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:
(A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)
**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law.
**Speak to your Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in 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.)
**Talk to recent graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities.<<<<<<<<<<<<
**Read these books:
>"So You Want to be a Lawyer?" by Marianne Calabrese and Susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1);
>"CourtRoom 302" by Steve Bogira (ISBN 10: 0-679-75206-4); and
>"Ultimate Punishment" by Scott Turow (ISBN 0-374-12873-1.

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.

Good luck.

(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 We Need A Lawyer.?
My Brother Has Been Charge Of Assault A Minor Assault And He Has To Go To Municipal Court.Do We Need A Lawyer For This One?How Serious Is This Case?

Usually, municipal court handle Class C misdemeanors or their equivalent in your state. Upon finding of guilt, he could be fined a few hundred dollars, but not sent to prison.

His record will show a criminal conviction, if he is found guilty. Forever after, those job applications, loan applications, etc. will have to be answered "Yes" when the question is asked "Have you been convicted of a crime?"

A lawyer could help him avoid conviction.

What Questions Should I Be Asking My Divorce Attorney?
I Was Recomended A Divorce Attorney Whom Is A Bit Costy However; I Heard She'S Worth It. I Don'T Have Extra Money To Be Throwing Away Like Others May Therefore; I Need To Know From People That Have Been Or Are In The Process Of A Divorce What Questions Should I Be Asking Since Her Consultation Fee Is $100.00 And $250.00 Per Hour. Thank You!

Before interviewing your first prospective attorney, come prepared. Get your LITIGANTS NOTEBOOK organized into the nine (See article "Steps To Take...") recommended sections and if time permits, type in double spacing, your notebook information.

1. How long have you been in practice?
NOTE: We recommend that no one be cons idered who has n ot been practice at least 3 years, 5 years or more is better.

2. From which Law School did you graduate?
NOTE: Some Law Schools are better then others?

3. Are you Board Certified in Family Law?
NOTE: Board Certified Family Law attorneys have been in practice a minimum of 3 years, but most do not become certified until after 6-12 years. To become certified, one must have had cases, in various categories, plus appellate cases, take a written and oral exam, and be re-certified EVERY YEAR. The US Supreme Court Chief Justice recently said of US attorneys that "...three-fourths are incompetent, dishonest, or both ." The odd s of getting a qualified attorney go up when selection is made from the Board Certified Family Law list. But there are no guarantees.

4. How many cases of my type have you had?
NOTE: If the answer is NONE, don't be the first.

5. In how any of these have you represented fathers? References?

6. How many father's cases of this type have you WON? Ask for case numbers!
NOTE: This may just be the MOST important question. References of this type are very important to you and your case . The attorney's track record is vital!

7. What percentage of your case load is Family Law?
NOTE: Qualified attorneys in the Family Law field have 2 or more of their case lo ad in this area. If less than this, they are probably not sharp enough to represent Fathers.

8. Which Bar Associations are you a member of?

9. What is your hourly rate? Do you have a Paralegal at a lower rate?

10. How many hours do you estimate this case to take?
NOTE: Most custody cases require from 80 to 120 billable attorney hours, NOT counting paralegals or expert witnesses, or Ad Litems.

11. Do you require a retainer? How much? Is it refundable?
NOTE: Avoid high retainers. Retainers in excess of 1/3 of the estimated total fee, denies you the opportunity to change lawyers later. If an attorney charges you a non-refundable retainer fee you will not get any of your money back if you fire him. If the attorney charges you a refundable retainer you will only get the unused portion of the retainer fee back should you fire the attorney.

12. Do you have a written contract, and can it be modified?
NOTE: Most attorneys have written contracts that are designed to protect their FEES and provide a means for them to collect unpaid fees from you. Modification of the con tract is one way for you to set forth, on paper, what is expected of the attorney, and provides a remedy for you to assure compliance on his/her part.

13. Do you carry Malpractice insurance?
NOTE: Good attorneys almost always carry insurance, that is, if they value their practice. If they don't value their practice, then neither should you.

14. Are there any Bar grievances against you within the last 3 years?
NOTE: The Houston Bar's attorney referral list will not accept applications from attorneys with active grievances, i.e. those within the last 3 years. Also, this service cost attorneys $500 or more to be listed. However, you should not always disqualify an attorney because he has a bar grievance filed against him. It is a very common ploy in litigation today to file a grievance against the opposing attorney hoping that he or she will withdraw from the case.

NOTE: A common complaint we hear is that retainers are spent, and large sums are required JUST BEFORE the final hearing. The attorney, when asked about the retainer, says, "it got spent", or send a statement "$5000 for services rendered." Don’t hire an attorney who does not s end out billing statements at least once a month.

16. Do you have a list of recommended:
A. Private Detectives
B. Mediators
C. Mental Health Professionals
D. Accountants
E. Others
NOTE: If the attorney hires the specialist, then any information obtained using them becomes PRIVILEGED and cannot be obtained through discovery. If you, the litigant, hire this professional, then the other side can obtain any information you developed, through the use of Discovery or Deposition. The attorney should have a good working knowledge of how the above professionals work and should have regular contacts within the above fields. If the attorney is not knowledgeable about experts in the above areas, he does not have the necessary contacts to help you win your case.

17. Have you ever been divorced? And if so, did you get custody?
NOTE: If this attorney is SO GREAT, would you trust him/her if they didn't get custody? And if they didn't, why not?

Where To Get Actual Free Divorce Forms?
I Am Trying To Find Actual Free Divorce Forms For The State Of Ohio, I Live In The County Of Lorain And I Have No Idea Where To Go Cuz I Am Still New Here (From Mi) Was Wondering Where I Could Go Or If There Was An Actual Place Online I Could Get At Least The Petition To Start It For Free

I am not sure about Lorain county, but Butler County has forms on line for free:

You may have to modify them, or go to the local courthouse and get the forms from the clerk. Most courts now provide the forms for free but they will not give you legal advice.

Elder Care Protection?
Elder Care Question. My Brother Has Been Running The Family Business That Is An S Corp Owned By My Mother. He Has Been Embezzling Money From The Company To Pay For Illegal Drugs (Just Went In And Out Of Rehab). He'S About To Get Sued And I'M Afraid My Parents Are Going To Drawn Into It. They Aren'T Even Upset About Any Of It...My Dad Has Dementia And My Mom Is 84 And On Chemo With Stage 4 Cancer. Is There Anything I Can Do To Protect Their Assets? They Would Never Support Me If It Meant Challenging My Brother In Any Way, And I Have No Legal Relationship With The Business.

If your parents are not willing to engage in the process you may be challenged. As a starting point search to see if your state has an "elder ombudsman" many do. You should be able to call them to ask what if any services might be available to assist with your situation. Beyond that, I would consider engaging a lawyer specifically versed in Elder Law as a starting point.

Are you part of the business? Do you have authority to act based on your findings? If no, then again without your parents participation it may be difficult.

Good Luck!