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Finding An Experienced Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will see that there are loads of lawyers in your area that advertise they are experts in your sort of case. This could make the entire process of finding one with quite a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, if you follow the tips below it will be possible to narrow down your search off to the right one in almost no time. The initial step is to create a listing of the lawyers which can be listed in your town specializing in your situation. While you are making this list you ought to only include those you have a good vibe about depending on their advertisement. After that you can narrow this list down by using a little while evaluating their website. There you must be able to find how many years they have been practicing plus some general information about their success rates. At this stage your list ought to have shrunken further to the people that you just felt had professional websites plus an appropriate volume of experience. You need to then spend some time to look up independent reviews of each attorney. Be sure you browse the reviews rather than just depending on their overall rating. The data inside the reviews will give you a concept of the direction they connect with the clientele and how much time they invest into each case that they are concentrating on. Finally, you should talk to no less than the last three lawyers which have the credentials you are searching for. This provides you with time to truly evaluate how interested they can be in representing you and the case. It is vital that you follow all of these steps to actually find a person that has the best level of experience to help you the best possible outcome.

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Free Consultation?
When You Seek Free Consultation From A Lawyer When You Tell Him Your Problem Will He Be Honest If I Really Dont Need A Lawyer Or Will He Say I Needone Just To Get The Money?? How Will I Know If He Is Telling The Truth??

Speak to the attorney at traffic court first. I'm sure he/she will advise you as to whether or not you should seek counsel.

Looking For Advice. Law School With Wife And Baby?
This Is Probably Going To Be A Little Lengthy So I Really Appreciate Anyone Who Reads The Whole Thing. He'S My Situation: Going To A Decent School As A Transfer Student For My Ba. Us News Ranks It In The Top 40 Universities In The Us. I Got An Aa Degree In Administration Of Justice, Left Community College With A 3.25 Gpa. My Transferred Gpa Is About 3.4, Took My First Quarter At The New College And Did Roughly The Same In Terms Of Gpa. I Have A 1 Year Old Baby Girl And A Beautiful Wife. Problem Is That None Of Us Work, Getting By On The Goodness Of Family Members And Financial Aid. I Feel Like A Total Mooch On Both Society And Family But I Want To Get A Good Education So Bad. My Wife Doesn'T Say No But I Don'T Think She Wants Me To Go To School Past My Ba, I'Ve Always Wanted To Be A Lawyer But I Never Thought I Was Good Enough Until I Got Accepted Into The University I'M In Now, And Now I Feel Like I Can Do Anything. (I Did Poorly When I Started Community College Only Passed A Few Classes And Dropped Out, I Came Back A Year Later Because I Was Thinking I Would Get No Where With My Life And Then Started Doing Really Well, This Is When I Meet My Wife). From Community College I Figured I'D Get Into Law Enforcement (And That'S What I'Ve Been Telling Everyone) I'D Get To Be Close To The World Of Law Without Having To Be That Smart But Now I Feel Like I Want More (Maybe Selfishly). I Don'T Want To Drag My Family Through More Years Of Not Earning Any Money But I Also Wants What'S Best For My Family (My Baby Girl And Wife) And I'M Thinking Being A Lawyer Might Be A Better Way Of Doing That. Maybe I'M Trying To Convince Myself, But If I'M A Lawyer Then They Won'T Have To Worry About Things Like Me Getting Shot And Less About Money After I Get Out Of Law School. On The Flip Side, We'D Be In Debt Like 100K From Law School Loans (Probably) By The Time I Finally Got Out (3 Extra Years). ***Tldr: Got Aa Degree In Law Enforcement, In Decent School Now For My Ba, But I Have A Baby And Wife. Should I Try For Law School Despite The Finical Hardships? ******My Questions: Is It Worth It To Put My Family Through This? For Any Lawyers Or Law Students Out There: I Haven'T Taken An Lsat, But If I Started Studied For It Now (Junior In College), Based On What I Told You About Myself, What Type Of Law School Do You Think I Could Get Into? Think I Could Get Into A Tier 1 School? Any Advice In General? I Really Appreciate Any Advice I Can Get.

Sounds like you're going through a lot! You're doing the right thing by asking a lot of questions and wanting to consider how your actions will affect your wife and child. The first thing I would do is talk to talk to an adviser at your school, either your academic adviser or a career adviser or counselor. If you're paying tuition at the school, this should be free of charge. Take advantage of this!

If you want to start doing research on your own as well, I would look at the US News and World Report rankings for Graduate Schools. It's a magazine that comes out every year and may also be available on their website (see link below). That will give you an idea of where you could get into based on your profile (GPA, LSAT score, extracurriculars, etc.). There are also several books that talk about making a decision about going to law school. Browse in a Barnes & Noble, or look on Amazon.

Since money is an issue for you, I would also think about how you and your wife can sustain things economically in the near future, let alone down the road if you have graduate loans. Are you working? Is she working? Are your parents or her parents able to support you at all? Though you may want to jump into law school, you may have to put things on hold for now in order to stabilize yourself financially and make sure that being a lawyer is what you want to do. You can always work after college, and apply for law school when you're ready. Law school is a big commitment and costs lots of money, so it might be better to play it safe than to try to go right after you graduate.

But first things first--talk to an adviser or advisers, do some more research about law school, and don't make any drastic plans before understanding how your wife feels.

Also, take a practice LSAT and see what you get. There are prep books out there. Your school's libraries probably have them (again, free of charge!) and if your school has a career center, they should have them too.

Best of luck!

Attorney / Lawyer / Child Custody / Divorce?
A Family Member Is Going Through A Divorce, Papers Has Not Been File Yet? He Would Like To Know A Good Attorney Lawyer To Help Him. He Said That He Only Makes $11,000.00 Or Less A Year And Has Children. He Said That His Wife Kick Him Out & Put His Stuff On The Street. He Lives In Indianapolis, Indiana; Does Anyone Know Of Any Good Lawyer. He Said He Tried Aid But His Wife Made To Much Money, So They Are Not Willing To Help Him. I Feel He Need To Act Now Before Time Gets Away? Thanks To All That Can Help?

He is going to have to contact the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society.

If his wife kicked him out of the house and he has no place to live, then he has a right to spousal support if his wife makes more money than he does.

I don't think they can hold his wife making more money than he does against him, if that money is not at his disposal.

What I do think happened, is he tried to call them and failed to make an appointment. They will not consult over the phone. You have to go in after making an appointment.

The only other thing he can do is find a family law clinic in the area under the ProBono resources listed here:

After that he's just going to have to go through the yellow pages until he finds the right lawyer. A lot of times courts will award the dependent spouse attorney's fees up front.

Finally, he could possibly have his wife arrested for unlawfully evicting him from the home and putting his stuff out on the streets. Most landlords would go to jail for that. That presumes of course there was no court order giving the wife possession of the marital home.

What Is The Legal Department/Law Firm Employee Structure For Non Attorneys?
I'M A Career Changer And I Want To Know If There Is Possibility For Progression/Career Advancement If You Are Not An Attorney And Work In Legal Departments/Law Firms.

There isn't any. 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.

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 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!!<<<

Regarding being a Paralegal: Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law today want employees with >>BACHELORS<< degrees from traditional 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 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: http://informeddecisionmaking.blogspot.c...
(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. 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 legal professionals 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 employed legal professionals 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 an employed legal professional, set up a time with them to do an "informational interview" to ask them about their career. Talk to many legal professionals. Better yet, spend an entire day with one of them.
**Talk to recent graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities.

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.

There are MANY issues of working in the vocational field of Law. My answer is an attempt to give you a realistic way of looking at this career, and I have told you things that most will not tell you about the profession - at first. Be careful, do your research, and have your eyes open wide.

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.)

Need Help Deciphering A Friends Message About Legal Offices?
A Friend Of Mine Is Getting Ready To Leave An Abusive Husband And Sent Me A Text Asking Me To Find A Legal Aid Website In Her Town (Monroe, La) And The Phone Number For The Monroe Office. I Have No Idea What To Look For Her. What Office Is She Talking About? I Did Manage To Find The Website With Phone Numbers For The Louisiana Domestic Violence And Legal Recourses Website. Is That What She Needs, Or Should I Look For Something Else? Any And All Help Is Deeply Appreciated, Thank You.

Here is the information on the legal aid office in Monroe LA:
Volunteer Lawyers Project
200 Washington Street
P. O. Box 3325
Monroe, LA 71210-3325
Phone: (318) 325-3558

If she calls them they can help her w/ her divorce. Also here is a GREAT site w/ links to resources for folks in Louisiana getting out of abusive relationships:

Good luck to her and she is lucky to have a great friend like you to help her thru it. No one deserves a relationship where they are being abused and kudos to her for getting out of it!

Are There Any 24 Hour Legal Advice Hotlines For Free?