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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Family Attorney -- What Should I Major In?
My Goal Is To Become A Family Attorney. What Should I Major In Right Now As An Undergraduate? I Have Heard Getting A Bachelors Or Masters In Psychology Is Probably The Best Route.
Most law schools don't care a lot. It couldn't hurt to have a background in family dynamics. Finances also helps because there is a lot of that involved in dividing up families in divorces.
A lot of people going to law school major in the social sciences, so it won't really stand out.
What Is A Business Lawyer?? Need Help With What Exactly They Do And How To Become One.?
I Am A Junior In High School, Good Grades, Going To College, May Become A Business Lawyer. What Do They Exactly Do, After College How Do I Get A Job, And Whats The Pay Like.
Due diligence, also called document review, is the process of reviewing existing legal and business contracts of a business (including corporate documents, agreements and financial statements) for potential problems and issues prior to a proposed transaction, such as a merger or acquisition. The usual goal is to make sure that there is nothing in any of the contracts that would prohibit the sale of the company (or require a third party's consent) and to make sure that the contract will not terminate as a result of the sale. Usually, an associate will catalog the documents he or she has reviewed and write summaries of the key agreements. For example, when a merger is being considered and the acquirer hasn't had the time to read all of the contracts of the company it is considering purchasing, the lawyers will be expected to summarize the agreements. The purpose of due diligence is to give your client the clearest possible picture of the company you're examining, so the client can assess the risks and benefits of going through with the contemplated transaction.
In an initial public offering, due diligence involves reading agreements that are summarized in the deal prospectus—the document given to prospective investors summarizing important information about the company and the deal—to make sure the prospectus is correct. If you are representing an underwriter in a securities offering, you will review documents so that the underwriter can claim to have made a reasonable investigation of the issuer's statements in the offering document. Basically, it's done so that the underwriter will be able to claim the due diligence defense if there is a material misstatement in the offering document. ("I investigated and everything looked fine so don't come after me with a lawsuit because the investors lost their money.")
What Is A Law Firm'S Typical Billable Hour Expectations For A Newly Minted Associate Attorney?
A Few Classmates And I Have Debated Over What The Typical Billable Hour Expectations Are From Ca Law Firms Of A New Associate Attorney.
Recently, I Came Across A Job Offer For A 0-1 Yr Experienced Attorney, Which Stated That 200 A Month / 2400 A Year Billable Is Required.
Is This An Unrealistic Expectation For A Firm To Have Of A New Attorney?
Can 200 Billable Hours A Month / 2400 A Year Actually Be Achieved?
Is There Any Type Of Typical Billable Hour Requirement Range That This Falls Outside Or Within?
2,300 to 2,400 billable hours a year is a standard expectation for a first year associate in a big law firm or any regional law firm that pays comparable salary. It is not an unrealistic expectation and if you want to pursue a career as an attorney in a big law firm you have to be willing to put in the hours necessary to achieve that goal. Not every hour at work is billable either. While it varies depending on the ability and efficiency of the associate and the efficiency of those attorneys with whom the associate works, the ratio of billable hours to non-billable hours is usually in the neighborhood of 2:1 to 3:1 which translates into about 3,200-3,600 hours for the year. Associates at big law firms achieve these hours by working late almost every day, coming in on weekends frequently and working while on vacation (hence the term "sweatshop" firm that is attributed to most big law firms). There really are not many jobs in any area where it is reasonable for a person with a professional graduate degree to expect to receive a six figure salary as an entry level employee so the work hour expectation is not that unfair or unrealistic.
As a first year associate, you really have no practical skills as a lawyer to use as a basis for evaluation for most of your first year, so your end of the year performance review relies heavily upon your billable hours. While it is not fatal to your career to fall a hundred hours or so short of 2,400, there is not a lot of flexibility to allow for a favorable performance review if you fall much shorter than that in terms of billable hours.
If those hours seem unpalatable for you then you should seek employment elsewhere such as with a government agency or a smaller firm although there is no guarantee that a smaller firm with lower pay will not have heavy billable hour or work hour requirements, especially given the employment market conditions for lawyers in the current economy which is even worse than the traditionally already bad employment market for entry level attorneys. If you do work at one of these positions your salary will most likely be a fraction of that of a big law firm associate with the median being around 40k (possible lower in this economy).
Property Lawyer Or Major !! I Have A Homework Help!!!?
Susan Has Contracted To Sell Her Home To Bob. Sale Is For $100,000 Cash With No Conditions Except That Title Be Marketable And The Sale To Close On July 20 At Susan’S Attorney’S Office.July 18, Bob Calls Susan And Informs Her That He Had Planned To Buy The Property By A “Loan Assumption” (I.E. Rich Uncle). Rich Uncle, However, Has Refused And Bob Does Not Have The Cash To Go Ahead With The Deal.Bob Further Mentions That He Has Some Other Real Estate Worth About $500,000 And He Could Sell Or Get A Loan Against This Real Estate And Have Enough Cash To Go Ahead With The Deal In The Future.Bob Asks Susan If She Will Extend The Closing For A Month, Until Aug 20.Susan Says No And Informs Bob That She Is Ready, Willing And Able To Perform On July 20.On July 20, No Closing Takes Place.On July 21, Susan Sues Bob For Breach Of Contract.Please Answer :(1) Has Bob Breached The Contract? (B) Does Susan Have The Right To Sue Bob On July 21? (C) If Susan Can Sue Bob On July 21, Any Remedies Availab?
1. Yes, Bob has breached the contract.
2. Yes, Susan DOES have the right to sue BUT must first look to the Restatement 2d (or the laws of her jurisdiction) with respect to contracts for real property & giving the opportunity to cure. Usually, she must give Bob an opportunity to cure of 10 days (sometimes more), but NOT ALWAYS.
3. She can sue for Breach of Contract. But, she will NOT get a remedy that commands Bob to perform - specific performance almost NEVER gets awarded, especially in such a situation. She may be able to settle the debt by either renegotiating the payment terms OR by attaching a security interest in Bob's other property. For this, she must get a written agreement under the new terms AND file a Financing Statement with the local court clerk or county office - the court clerk will know exactly where to file for your jurisdiction. If she does not do BOTH (get a written agreement & file a financing statement) she will not be able to take priority over other creditors who may have an interest in Bob's other property which is not yet perfected.
Since Obama Was A Civil Rights Attorney, What Will His Immigration Policy Look Like?
Every President ever has wanted amnesty in both parties.
If you are honest with yourself you will realize that there is nothing we can do to stop people from coming across our border. It is just an issue to get the base out to vote. You are being played.
Obama was never a civil rights attorney. He was in constitutional law. He taught constitutional law.
Accountant For Small Business Question?
This Is Essentially A 4 Part Question. I'M Starting A Small Business Soon. I Don'T Know Much About Taxes And Which I Should Pay For My Small Business, Is Hiring An Accountant A Good Idea? I Don'T Want Uncle Sam Coming To Get Me Later On In Life Because I Forgot To Pay Some Taxes. So Would Hiring An Accountant To Sort Out All My Tax Issues A Good Thing. Is That Even There Job, Essentially? And If So Let'S Just Say By Chance He Makes A Mistake And The Gov Ends Up Coming To Get Me Is It His Fault Or Mines. Because I Did Hire Him To Do My Taxes? And How Much Does An Accountant Charge?....Rough Draft From Experience If U Have Any
It certainly wouldn't hurt to get some information about running a small business, here is the IRS site http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/. Also check with your local chamber of commerce, they normally over classes or services to help out new small business owners. You do not necessarily need to get an accountant since their fees can be quite exorbitant, they charge by the hour so think lawyer like, low end $100 (if lucky) to $500+. It all depends on what type of business you are running and your degree of organization. But you may be able to use a tax preparer, at least during your first years to keep expenses down. If you are running a business out of your home and are good at keeping track of receipts, mileage, separating business from personal than you can try and go without the expense of a CPA. If you are planning on buying/renting property, hiring employees, buying/leasing large equipment you may first want to consider a business lawyer that can help you with all ends of the business, but you still may need a tax preparer. A CPA is needed if you are dealing with a large amount of money and expenses.
The person who fills out your tax return is not liable for omissions because it is not there responsibility if you did not provide all the information and receipts. An ethical accountant will pay any fees and penalties incurred due to their error. The IRS will still hold you responsible for taxes unless the preparer made and admits to the error that lead to taxes not being paid, but if not reputable this could be a battle. This is why organization and keeping track of expenses, as well as full disclosure to your preparer is so important. I always tell my clients if you are not sure if it is needed for taxes, either call and ask me, or place it or a copy in your tax folder so you remember to discuss it with me later. It is so hard to remember everything that happens during a year so always make notes/questions on receipts, statements, reports to refresh your memory on why you thought this was relevant tax wise.
CPAs, accountants, tax professionals, advisers, etc are held to certain rules and guidelines as you can see from circular 230.