4 Methods To Help Your Lawyer Help You When you want a lawyer for any reason, you have to work closely using them as a way to win your case. Regardless of how competent they are, they're going to need your help. Here are four important strategies to help your legal team help you win: 1. Be Totally Honest Or Higher Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - no matter what information you're planning to reveal to them. Privilege means whatever you say is saved in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team needs to know all things in advance - particularly information other side could check out and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep a continuing and factual account of information associated with your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the data they need to help them to win. 3. Turn Up Early For All Those Engagements Not be late when you're appearing before a court and get away from wasting the attorney's time, too, because they are on time, every time. In fact, because you may need to discuss last minute details or even be extra ready for the way it is you're facing, it's smart to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate You Have Your Act Together If you've been arrested for any type of crime, it's important in order to prove to the legal court that you both regret the actions and so are making strides toward boosting your life. For example, if you're facing driving under the influence, volunteer for the rehab program. Be sincere and included in the cities the judge is presiding over. Working more closely together with your legal team increases your likelihood of absolute success. Try these tips, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you must win your case.
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If You Get Your Finder Cut Off At Work To The First Knuckle How Much Should Your Job Pay You Without A Lawyer?
that would be a workmen's comp issue which the employer pays a lot of money to cover accidents, but you'll need a lawyer to probably get a fair settlement
Help! How Much Do Wrongful Death Lawyers Earn A Week? And What Exactly Do They Do?
I'M Trying To Be A Lawyer But I Don'T Know How Much A Wrongful Death Lawyer Earns( At Least A Week )? Or What He Even Does ( Exactly What He Does )
Lawyers make such a varying income that it is impossible to break it down to a weekly salary, wrongful death suits are handled on a contingency basis and the lawyer gets a percentage of the settlement those are so varied in the amounts that it cannot be calculated, lawyers work for an hourly wage but they only get paid when they are working on a certain case so once again impossible to predict, Yearly they will make from $150,000.00 to millions so good luck.~
Can A Refuse To Pay A Lawyer?
I Hired A Lawyer To Represent Me. I Basically Filed A Motion And Then Hired Her After My Failed Attempts, Thinking Having A “Professional” Would Help My Case. I Agreed And Paid $1000 Retainer Fee For Her Services. I Gave Her Basically Everything She Needed For The Case. The Motion I Filed, Etc. Upon Going To Court She Obviously Didn’T Care Because She Was Asking Me Questions In Court That I Told Her Several Times Before. Anyways She Has Charged Me Additional $150.00 For A Service That I Don’T See Justified She Didn’T Do Anything Or Get Anywhere Like She Promised. I Did Pay Her For Her Services Already But Don'T See How She Can Even Charge Me Extra For Nothing. If I Refuse To Pay This Extra Charge To Her Am I Getting Myself Into More Trouble Than I Want? I Understand These People Are Independent Contractors And I Only Had A Verbal Agreement With Her No Contract. So Basically It’S Her Word Vs. Mine If She Wants To Take Me To Court, Etc. I Feel These &Quot;People&Quot; Bully Alot Of Us Since They Know The Law And Get Away With Things By Using Big Words Or Legal Action Words. Please Help...
Notwithstanding what Lucy said, not all jurisdictions require that fee arrangements for lawyer services be in writing. However, any competent attorney will require one for their own protection. Ask the lawyer for a copy of your signed retainer letter (or if you are recalling now that you did sign one take a look at it). Not all matters are billed out by the hour. Solo practitioners and small practices will often offer a variety of flat fee services depending on the nature of the matter although it is rare for them to do so for a trial which is usually billed either on an hourly basis or a contingent fee basis.
If your retainer letter states that the $1,000 was a retainer for legal services to be billed on an hourly basis then you are liable for whatever time she spent on your matter. If it states that it is a flat fee arrangement for representation not including filing fees or disbursements you may owe her the $150. If it states that is a flat fee for representation including filing fees and disbursements then you owe her nothing.
If you are being billed by the hour your are entitled to a detailed accounting of the time she spent on your matter and should ask for it and if you see something that seems excessive in terms of time then you can bring it to her attention and possibly dispute it with her but $1,000 will not cover a lot of time especially after subtracting filing fees and out of pocket expenses (3 hours or less for most lawyers).
If it turns out this lawyer failed to secure a signed retainer agreement with you then your agreement is an oral agreement and it would become a case of he said she said. I can't guarantee that your lawyer will act the same way but personally if I was careless enough not to secure a retainer agreement with a client and got paid $1,000 and had what I believed to be $150 in open charges for legal services that a client was disputing, push comes to shove I would let it go. I might even let it go with the retainer letter. Litigating over $150 is generally not worth my time.
What Kind Of Software Application Packages Are Used In Law?
A Student Here Is Wondering What Kind Of Application Software Packages Are Used In The Law, And The Only Thing I Could Think Of Was Microsoft Office. However, They Need To List 5 Packages!
Are There Specialized Suites Built To Suit Lawyers? Thanks!
That is an awfully broad question, like asking how much does a car cost. The cost of the car depends on the make, model, year, etc. so a lot more details are needed. The same with the kinds of application packages attorneys use (I am an attorney). Microsoft Office is certainly one but many attorneys and law firms still use WordPerfect and Corel packages. Mainly they use it because in addition to being very slow to change, attorneys are very cheap and seldom like to invest in a new product and back in the early 90s, almost everyone used WordPerfect.
Many attorneys use Quickbooks or Quicken for accounting and bookkeeping. Some use Microsoft Money but few use anything other than those 2 main ones.
Attorneys rely on anti-virus protection from Norton or McAfee since the internet is very important for communication with clients as well as research.
For research, some attorney's use Lexis-Nexis and other search engines for researching case law. Some state bar associations have free search engines (like South Carolina has Casemaker free). There are other search programs available too.
For real estate closings, attorneys often use Blackacre, SoftPro and similar packages that will help prepare the closing documents and generate a HUD statement as well as sometimes help with the trust account.
Some attorney use TimeSlips to keep track of their time and there are other programs that also do that.
I hope that helps.
Drunk Driving Laws? Can We Do More?
Can'T They Eventually Make It To Where Every Vehicle Has A Breathalizer In It So You Have To Blow Into It To Drive? I Know It Wont Stop All Drunk Driving Because People Would Get Their Sober Friends To Blow Into It For Them But It Would Stop Alot Of Drunk Driving. Drunk Driving Speeches & Rehab & Jail Time Just Doesn'T Seem To Get Across To People. And If You Never Get Caught You Are Going To Continue To Do It Until You Learn The Hard Way. So, Why Not Help People Who Can'T Make The Right Choice On Their Own And Install Breathalizers In All Vehicles Eventually? I'M Not Suggesting Right Away Because That Is A Huge And Expensive Step But I Definately Think We Should Look Into That.
I do not like the idea of all breathalyzers in all cars. It's just another piece of equipment that can fail and make my car inoperable when I have to go to work in the morning, and I haven't had anything alcohol for days.
This does not mean I condone drunk driving at all. I think it needs to be dealt with harsher. Things have been moving that way, but just too slowly. In the past, if you were just a "little drunk", the cop may have just let you drive home if it was close by. They don't anymore. Also, the legal limit use to be 0.10, but it's now down to 0.08. Now what they need to do is make the penalties harsher. I'm OK with just a huge fine and license suspended for first time offense, but make the fine larger and the suspension longer. Most people learn from today's sentence and never repeat. But for those that repeat, they do need to start sentencing them to prison: 1 year for second offense, 5 years for third, and so on.
And if course, even if you kill or seriously hurt someone on your first offense, a much, much harsher sentence for that.
Careers For Lawyers Who Have Never Practiced Law?
I Graduated From Law School And Passed The Bar Exam A Long Time Ago. Since Then, I Have Been Applying For Lots Of Attorney Positions With No Luck At All. So, I Have Been Trying To Come Up With Some Alternative Career Paths.
What Are Some Law Related Positions That Do Not Require An Attorney To Have Experience Practicing Law?
A little over two years ago I hired a recent J.D. grad to be a Manager of Human Resources in LV. He was skilled at contracts and negotiations and of course caught on to labor law and compliance issues quickly, although he had only had a couple of classes in law school. However, he did have his PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification from HRCI which does require some specialized study to pass the test. I have my SPHR (Senior PHR) so I know how challenging their tests can be. There is a lot of variety in HR and your degree (especially with an added certification) will give you a leg up on other candidates. My Manager had also worked during college as a junior recruiter at UPS so he did have some HR experience, but not that much. I have really enjoyed mentoring him.