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3 Approaches To Know You've Picked The Best Lawyer It's pretty intimidating to go through the court system, specifically if you lack confidence within your legal team. Allow me to share three important strategies to understand that you've hired the best lawyer: 1. They Focus On Your Type Of Case What the law states is often tricky and that requires specialists to tackle the tough cases. When you really need a legal professional, try to find individual who works with the matter you're facing. Even when a member of family or friend recommends you employ a good they know, should they don't have got a focus that's comparable to your case, keep looking. When your attorney is an expert, specifically in the trouble you're facing, you already know you've hired the right choice. 2. The Lawyer Includes A Winning Record Based on the circumstances, it might be hard to win an instance, particularly if the team helping you has little to no experience. Search for practices who have won numerous cases that affect yours. Although this is no guarantee that you case will likely be won, it offers you a far greater shot. 3. They Listen And Respond When the attorney you've chosen takes the time to listen for your concerns and react to your inquiries, you've probably hired the correct one. Regardless how busy they are or how small your concerns seem from the perspective, it's important that they answer you inside a caring and timely manner. From the aim of take a look at an ordinary citizen who isn't familiar with the judicial system, court cases can be pretty scary you require updates as well as to think that you're section of the solution. Some attorneys are simply just more suitable to you and your case as opposed to others. Make sure you've hired the best team to your circumstances, to actually can put the matter behind you immediately. Faith with your legal representative is the first task to winning any case.

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How Hard Is It To Find A Job For Lawyers?
I'Ve Been Considering Law School For A While Now (Junior In High School) But I'M Not Sure If There Is A Demand For Lawyers These Days Or Not. I'M Mainly Worried About The Difficulty Of Finding A Job. If It Helps At All I'M Planning On Majoring In Criminal Law.

I e-mailed this response to a girl a couple of days ago it might help. I just completed my first year of law school:

Well I just finished my first year of law school and I was totally taken by surprise. I majored in Culinary Management as an undergrad, decided a MBA was a dying easy to obtain graduate degree and went for labor law. First, almost everyone in my law school (Mass. School of Law, is on financial aid, very few people I know can afford it. The joke is after the first year of law school you're in too much debt to go into any other profession. My G.P.A. was 3.8 and it really doesn't matter now. I took the LSAT twice, did amazing the first time, bombed the second unfortunately they take your average score. As a result I went to a school that doesn't require LSATS as they have their own entrance exam. I can practice in 65% of the states immediately, but the others I have to wait a certain time frame (usually three years). So it worked out well especially having such a different under graduate degree. As for journalism, it's a whole new style of writing, but if writing is your strength you are 1/2 way to becoming a great lawyer. The other half of course is arguing (I'm always right ;-)). My first year I didn't work until my second semester. Law school is far more than a full time job. My second semester I started at 20 hours a week down to 8. It's hard. But if you can survive your first year, you can survive the other two. The rule of thumb is the first year they scare you to death, the second is they work you to death, and the third is they bore you to death. It's a lot of work, and 150 pages is light reading, but after your first semester you become a pro at briefing cases and getting in a strong study group. However, if you don't do your work there is no way you can wing it!!! Teachers are hard on students in class, and outside are pretty cool (they all think they are the teacher from the movie "Paper Chase"). I went to law school thinking I was going to go into Labor Law, law school is different you don't really declare a concentration, your electives is where you mold your area. You can't pick electives until your second year. After my first year I really love Criminal Law and found I hate Property so I can gage my electives to that, but most also choose their electives around the bar exam. As for not going to school immediately after undergrad is pretty normal. Many of my fellow classmates are in their 30's and I (23) am considered very young. So that's not really a problem so long as you do your work. I don't know many who haven't been able to get a job after graduating unless they aren't searching. I know people who have failed the bar exam three or four times and got really great jobs. Lets see what else, litigation. Some people really have it and some people just don't. I pride myself on being court room savvy, but I have some friends who are very timid. They are the best at researching, finding things on Westlaw and Lexis Nexis and are just as valuable. In fact few lawyers actually every go to court. A good example of this would be a school attorney. They do all the research, write contracts, and have a slim to no chance of ever going to court. My Writing & Legal Research teacher told us she only went to court one time her whole career and was with so many other attorney's it never mattered anyways.

I guess my only other piece of advice is, if you over analyze everything and love to argue (written or vocal) you'll be a great lawyer!
If you decided to go, get as many study aids as you can (Black Letter Outlines and Case Notes are like a bible!).
Really research the schools you apply to, and if you decided to take the LSAT, courses are great.
Almost no one has the money for law school (and I live in Boston/Cambridge with Harvard) which keeps us all in debt.
But if you're teetering on yes or no (and more no) then don't invest.

Sorry this is long winded, but it's what I do! So Good luck!

What Happened To Judge Mabelene From Divorce Court?

In 2005, Ephriam wore a wig on the show, the consequence of a bad relaxant. Fox liked the look so much that it asked her to keep it. But Ephriam wanted cornrows. When Fox said no, Ephriam cried racism. Fox, in turn, declined to renew her contract.

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Here Comes the Judge
From a local bench to Divorce Court, Lynn Toler has appeal.
By Rebecca Meiser
Article Published Jun 14, 2006

Who / What:
Judge Lynn Toler
Divorce Court

Judge Lynn Toler's verdicts are homespun wisdom dispensed with a cut-the-bull edge.Judge Lynn Toler emerged from her chambers looking as stern as a police interrogator. From the bench, she locked eyes with the ponytailed plaintiff, who was suing her wedding facility for botching the event.

"You listen here," Toler said, her eyes flashing. "You said your wedding was ruined, but the only way your wedding could truly be ruined is if your man don't show."

The audience tittered. The plaintiff's attorney looked as if he wanted to object.

In a softer voice, Toler told the woman that she'd get some money back, but not the whole cost. Too many people expect perfection, she said.

With that, the judge banged her gavel and headed to her private dressing room on the Fox lot.

It's been five years since Toler, the star of the short-lived court-TV show Power of Attorney, saw screen time. But this fall, the former Cleveland Heights judge will return to TV as the leading lady on Fox's Divorce Court.

Toler's transition from municipal court judge to TV star still surprises her. Like most big events in her life, it happened by accident.

In 1993, the Harvard graduate was a fiery young litigator when the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party suggested that she run for Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.

Toler thought her odds were slim. Cleveland Heights is a Democratic stronghold, and her opponent was Russell Baron, a distinguished lawyer who'd practiced in the city for 14 years longer than Toler had been alive.

"If I hadn't run against him, I would have voted for him myself," Toler quips.

But Toler did bring some ammo: She was the only African American candidate in a largely black district and had a large war chest, thanks to her wealthy father.

On election day, Toler won by just six votes out of the more than 16,000 cast.

She quickly distinguished herself with her creative sentencing. During seven years on the bench, she offered shorter jail terms for convicts who wrote book reports and made obeying their mothers a condition of probation.

Local TV ate it up. In 1998, Channel 19 aired a special on Toler, following her from the courtroom to her living room. When she showed off her tae kwon do skills by splintering wood with her bare hands, it was clear she was made for the limelight.

Her big break came two years later. The producers of Power of Attorney, a new legal show on Fox, were in need of a judge. They canvassed the country for candidates. Naturally, Channel 19 suggested Toler.

Producers didn't tell Toler what show she was auditioning for, so when they asked her opinion of courtroom shows, she put her foot in her mouth. "I love all of them except Power of Attorney," she said.

Despite the faux pas, producers hired her.

"We tested three people, and my opinion was, we shouldn't even test the other two," says producer Laura Gelles.

Toler got her first taste of stardom when she met her co-stars, O.J. Simpson prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden. Toler and Clark became fast friends. "She's the nicest person ever," Toler gushes. But Darden was another story. "Chris is a little mercurial. One moment he can be sweet as a pie, and the next he'll hardly speak to you. I never quite figured him out."

The cases Toler presided over were like The People's Court crossed with Jerry Springer. One mother sued because her daughter refused to pay for haircuts. Another mom refused to house her pregnant daughter unless she dumped her slacker boyfriend.

Toler's verdicts were homespun wisdom dispensed with a cut-the-bull edge. She was as likely to cite her mother's advice as she was a precedent-setting decision -- ironic, in light of the fact that her mother thought the show was trashy.

"She didn't understand how her Harvard-educated daughter could do this to her," Toler recounts. "She had visions of me on the Supreme Court."

In 2001, the show was canceled. But TV judges are a lot like Supreme Court justices: Once appointed, they serve for life. For the next five years, Toler made as much as $60,000 annually, just by auditioning for shows.

"There's so few judges willing to do television work that the ones who do are really valuable," explains Michael Cicconetti, president of the American Judges Association.

Toler's next offer came in April, when Fox's negotiations with Divorce Court judge Mablean Ephriam stalled.

The sticking point was hair. In 2005, Ephriam wore a wig on the show, the consequence of a bad relaxant. Fox liked the look so much that it asked her to keep it. But Ephriam wanted cornrows. When Fox said no, Ephriam cried racism. Fox, in turn, declined to renew her contract.

When Toler got the nod as Ephriam's replacement, internet message boards lit up with accusations that she was an Uncle Tom.

"Just because you were replaced by another 'black' person doesn't mean it wasn't racial," one viewer wrote. "It simply means they found someone who was willing to abide by their rules. They found . . . a Condoleezza."

While Toler denies the charge, she seems eager not to fan the furor. "I don't know what experiences Mablean had," she says, choosing her words carefully, "but I know that Fox has been nothing but flexible with my hair."

This season, Toler has a full docket that includes a husband who deserted his eight-months-pregnant wife to audition for American Idol, a couple fighting over their 15-year-old daughter's pregnancy, and several military wives who left husbands stationed overseas.

Although the shows won't begin airing till September, Toler's already viewed as a national expert on parlaying local judgeships into Hollywood stardom. The American Judges Association has invited her to speak about transitioning from the bench to TV.

But for Toler, the biggest change may be to her grocery routine. When Power of Attorney was airing, fans would stop her in the supermarket to ask for autographs or argue over rulings. It would take two hours just to buy a loaf of bread.

"Once the show airs, I guess I'll have to start getting up at the crack of dawn again," she says with a smile. "Not that I'm complaining."

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What Is The Statute Of Limitations In A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Illinois?
The Doctor In Question Was Working In The Er At The Local Public Hospital. So The Suit Would Probably Be Against The Hospital Since He Is A Hospital Resident. What Is The Statute Of Limitations? Is It Different For A Doctor And Hospital? I Know Laws Vary From State To State. I Live In Illinois.

The suit would be brought against the doctor personally and also the hospital if he was EMPLOYED by the hospital and not contracted by the hospital.

Wrongful Death
A wrongful death action must be filed within two years of the date of death.

Personal Injury Actions
Personal Injury Actions must be brought within two years of the date of the injury.

Medical Malpractice Actions
Actions against health-care providers must be filed within two years of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred or within two years of the date of discovery of the injury. In no event can suit be filed more than four years after the date that the act occurred. When a minor (under 18) suffers an injury because of medical malpractice, the action must be filed within eight years of the date of the injury, but in no event after the person’s 22nd birthday.

Products Liability Actions
Products liability actions must be brought within two years after the plaintiff suffers the injury. If the injury is not discovered within the two-year time limit, suit must be filed within two years of the date of discovery, but in no event more than eight years of the date that the injury occurred.

Special Rules for Minors
In medical malpractice or wrongful death cases, the minor’s age at the time of injury will determine when suit must be filed. In other cases, a person has two years after his or her 18th birthday to file an action.

Should You Be Wary Of Law Firms/Lawyers Who Send You Mail Immediaely After You Receive A Traffic Ticket,Etc?
I'Ve Heard That These Are Called Bottom Feeders, Or Are Just Sharks, And Are Desperate For Business Or Just...The Types Of Law Firms/Lawyers You Should Try Your Best To Stay As Far Away From As Possible. Is This True..Or Just Speculation? Or Is This Just Standard Business Practise?

Hi Brad,

What is happening here is that the lawyer is either himself, or someone he has hired is going through police reports and contacting people who might need a lawyer. It's pretty standard and the reports are public information. There are a lot of desperate lawyers out there so this isn't too surprising. Traffic accidents tend to be the main thing they want. Keep in mind that despite what they say they can get for you, it may actually cost you money.
Here's how.
You're in an accident that's not your fault, the other party's insurance company offers you $8,000 for the damages. You contact a lawyer who will work on a 30% (and this number will vary) contingency. He forces the insurance company to pay $10,000 instead. After his fee, you collect $7000, your lawyer meanwhile walks away with $3000 for basically threatening legal action and most likely not much more. And if you'll notice $1000 of his fee is money you'd have in your pocket if you'd never contacted him. So before getting involved in something like this make sure it's in your best interest.
The same thing goes for traffic tickets. In this scenario, you pay the lawyer a fee and he gets the ticket reduced to a non moving violation which you pay the fine plus his fee. This could be a good deal if you had some serious traffic charges against you that might result in have your license revoked or higher insurance rates. It is possible to do this yourself, you can contact the prosecuter and agree to paying a fine while pleading to a non moving violation. This can be very intimidating for some people and if the stakes were high enough, hiring a lawyer to help you through it might be a good investment. Like every question asked here, a lot of it would depend on the specific situation.

Good luck and hope this was of some help to you.

I Just Got My 3Rd Dwi My First Was In 1997 Can They Hld That Against Me?

Depends upon the state you were convicted in.

New Jersey:


Some states have no time limit between the 1st and subsequent convictions. Others do from 3 - 10years.

Can Anyone Help Me Out?Where Can I Find...?
A Website Explaining Airport Security Laws In Japan?

I actually disagree and think airport security is MUCH less strict in Japan. Last time I flew through Narita a few months ago it was almost scary how lax it was. But pretty much the laws are the same all over the world. Follow TSA rules, those are the most strict in the world. Follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, not all airports around the world expect you to send the quart sized bag through the x ray machine separately, but do it anyway. Take you shoes and coat off, not all airports expect that as well, but just do it. As long as you follow TSA rules and travel with normal traveling items (clothes, toiletries, etc) you'll be fine!