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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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Legal Advice?
My Husband And I Bought A Used Bmw 6 Months Ago With Your Standard 30 Day Warranty On Engine And Drivetrain. The Second Day We Had It The Transmission Was Slipping Out Of Gear. We Took It To The Dealer And He Has Done Nothing Even With Legal Action Pending. Recently We Have Had To File Ch 13,And Unfortunately This Guy Repo'D The Car 1 Day Before Our Case Was Filed. This Was 3 Months Ago And This Guy Refuses To Return The Car And Our Attornies Now Say They Will Have To File A Motion And Seek Sanctions Against Him. Is There A Way To Still Hold Him Accountable For The Repair Of The Transmission Which He Refused Against His Written Contract. The Estimated Cost Is 3000.00. We Have Already Put 5000.00 Dollars Towards This Car And The Total Price Was 8500.00. Thanx

Kitty, You already have legal counsel. Since you are involved in a bankruptcy proceeding everything you do should be done after consultation with your attorney. Use the expertise at your fingertips and for which you are already paying. Best of Luck.

Wills And Power Of Attorney?
If My Mum Has Power Of Attorney For My Nana, Can Another Member Of Family Make A Will For My Nana, Who Has Dementia, Without Anyone Else Knowing?

If your mother has power of attorney for her mother, she can make all decisions regarding her mother while she (nana) is alive.
Re a will, nobody can make a will for another person, ever. The will has to be signed in the presence of 2 other witnesses, so nobody can falsify the signature. If someone else is trying to make a will in her name, they are comitting a crime.

When Divorcing...What Questions Should I Ask My Lawyer When Going?
I Just Have Some Much On My Mind Right Now That I Am Not Sure That I Will Remember Everything That I Need To. Any Help Would Be Appreciated.

Qualify the lawyer by using someone that has verifiable referrals. If you know someone who is a lawyer, get a referral for divorce lawyers from them. Don't hire the cheapest, hire someone who you know is good. In the end, the person with the best lawyer wins. Except, in the end, nobody wins but the lawyers. :(

Cost? What will they charge you and could this fee increase based on what conditions? Can this cost be paid for by your spouse in the settlement?

Ask / tell the lawyer what you want:

Negotiated agreement through mediation, otherwise it will be left up to a judge to decide everything and cost more.
Home & Property (cars, boats, motorcycles, furniture, other belongings, etc.)
Child support
Spousal support / alimony
Division of outstanding debt
Modifiable or non-modifiable agreement
Name change
What happens if my spouse won't cooperate or even show up for an appearance?

You need to start working on a list of assests and debts (everything you own, including any ira's, 401k's and everything you owe, mortgage, car loans, credit cards), with a dollar amount value for each. Get account numbers and balances for every everything. Each of you will have to provide a legal affidavit attesting to your financials.

Best of luck

I Have Two Felony Drug Charges On My Record, What Jobs Will Not Hire Me Because Of This?
I Have Two Felony Drug Possession Charges On My Record Now And I Am Still Finishing Probation For One Of Them. I Am In School Getting My Master'S Degree In Psychology, But I Think Now I May Not Be Able To Be Licensed In California As An M.F.T. I Used To Be A School Teacher And Was Thinking About Doing That Again, But Now Wonder Whether These Drug Charges Make Me Ineligible To Ever Teach School Again. How Do These Charges Affect My Future Employment In These Fields And Others? Can I Get The Charges Expunged Once I Finish Probation?

Typically, felony drug convictions bar you from a lot of positions that involve trust, strict licensure, and authority.

For example, under the trust category, you're probably not going to find many cash handling positions that are much higher than cashier - auditor, teller, county clerk and that sort of thing will be out of bounds. Also under trust, teaching, counseling, some kinds of sales (like stock trader, insurance sales) , and nursing home work are going to be out of reach.

Under the strict licensure areas, you'll have trouble getting a pilot's license, certification from a law enforcement academy, medical license, and entry credentials to Canada.

Under the authority area, you'll not be able to get work as a policeman, teacher, and it's unlikely you'd be able to get elected to public office.

You can get the record expunged from a felony drug conviction - two, though? Hardly likely. However, you can petition the sentencing court and try for expungement.

Those convictions are yours for the rest of your life. The obstacles that you'll have to overcome to make it back to society's good graces will be trying, but the choice is yours...either make your way back, or practice saying 'fries with that?'.

Harsh, but true.

- Stuart