Finding A Seasoned Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will see that there are loads of lawyers in your town that advertise that they focus on your sort of case. This could make the whole process of finding one with significant amounts of experience a bit of a challenge. However, if you follow the following it will be possible to limit your search to the correct one in almost no time. Step one is to generate a listing of the lawyers which can be listed in the area focusing on your position. When you are which makes this list you should only include those that you have a great vibe about based on their advertisement. You can then narrow this list down by using a while evaluating their website. There you must be able to find just how many years they have been practicing and some general specifics of their success rates. At this moment your list must have shrunken further to those that you felt had professional websites as well as an appropriate amount of experience. You ought to then take time to search for independent reviews of each and every attorney. Make sure you read the reviews rather than relying upon their overall rating. The info in the reviews will give you a concept of the way that they interact with their clientele and how much time they invest into each case that they are working on. Finally, it is advisable to talk with at the very least the last three lawyers which have the credentials you are interested in. This gives you time to genuinely evaluate how interested they can be in representing both you and your case. It can be crucial for you to follow all of these steps to actually find a person containing the best level of experience to obtain the very best outcome.
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Making Mistakes As A Paralegal?
Have Been A Paralegal For Two Years, And I Still Find Myself Making Silly Mistakes On Occasion. I Think For The Most Part I Do Good Work, And I Truly Care About My Job. Occasionally Though, I Still Miss A Check Mark On A Form, Have A Typo In A Letter, Or The Last Big Screw Was As Follows:
I Sent Out A Contract Engagement Letter With A Typo In The File Number. It Was One Number Off. As A Result, Money Came Back And Was Associated With The Wrong Client Leading To An Accounting Nightmare. It Wasn'T Pretty. I Also Had Double Checked This Letter, And Still Missed The Error!
Are There Any Other Paralegals On Here That Experience Occasional Mistakes At Work? It Seems Like The Standard Is Perfection All The Time, But It Is Hard To Acheive It!
Also, Is It Okay For Your Supervising Attorney To Catch These Mistakes Occasionally Or Is It Your Opinion That The Paralegal Should Present Them With Perfect Documents So That They Don'T Have To Review Them?
Any Advice From Fellow Paralegals Would Be Greatly Appreciated!
Hi there. I am currently employed as a commercial construction litigation paralegal. Try saying that 10 times fast LOL. My area of law is highly complex and complicated, and for that reason, perfection is demanded. I literally sent out 16 Requests for Equitable Adjustment claims for MILLIONS of dollars. Talk about pressure! Anything and everything I handle is literally worth millions of dollars somewhere. That is the nature of large construction projects.
Do I make simple mistakes? Yes. We're only human. If a paralegal were to post they never make mistakes, they are simply a liar. We all do it.
I work for great attorneys that understand that is why we review each other's work. When they catch a simple typo or something that I inadvertently miss, I do not get harassed or put down. That is why we always have 2-3 pairs of eyes. We are only human and no one is perfect. I always pass my correspondence to the legal secretary to read. She always passes her correspondence to me. We treat proofing as mutual respect issue. We accept we make mistakes and we pass things around to get a fresh pair of eyes on things.
Honestly, the statement of, "...should present them with perfect documents so that they don't have to review them," made me wince a bit. I don't know how involved you are with your career. I am a member of two paralegal organizations and the State Bar Construction Law Section. I have to attend many hours of CLE and ethics. Hanging in front of me are the State Bar's Paralegal Ethics. On this sheet states that a paralegal shall never submit work to client that has not been reviewed by an attorney. I don't know if you employ in such standards, but no matter how much it irritates my boss, he reviews EVERYTHING I send, down to the simple, "Enclosed is a CD containing Bates Numbered images 001-002." This is for YOUR protection. As paralegals, we forget we can be sued for the unauthorized practice of law. Sometimes, my correspondence is so detailed with instructions from my supervising attorney, I ensure he reviews it and gives me the verbal go ahead. If your supervising attorney does not appreciate your thoroughness...I wince.
My advice is always have someone else check your work. A fresh pair of eyes ensures the client/opposing counsel receives perfect work. It should not be viewed as a negative thing. Make checklists. I have checklists, that after repeated use, have become habit. My first one was simple. Check the date, check the format, check the outgoing address, is the fax number correct, is the mailing address correct. I now go through these things systematically and produce very few mistakes. I always run spell check and grammar check. THEN I proofread on my own to catch mistakes. I do not proofread on the computer screen. I noticed that it is easier for tired eyes to glance over mistakes. I always print a DRAFT watermarked copy, make my changes, then have the secretary read it. Then I finalize, present to the attorney and request his review. The best advice is to walk away for a few minutes and go back. I don't know how many times I thought something was perfect, went to get a cup of coffee, looked down and saw a mistake. Sometimes, if it isn't urgent, I put it to the side, work on something else, and THEN go back to it. I catch my own mistakes that way as well. Lastly, take your time. You should watch me proof. I literally get out a ruler on client numbers, dollar numbers and important information and triple check. If it is important enough, I draft a cheat sheet with the important information so I can go back and compare.
The important thing is to focus on what is in front of you. Ask yourself what needs to be perfect in the document you are preparing. Client number? Dollar amount? County? Jurisdiction? I find that when I slow down and really ask..."What needs to be perfect?" I produce flawless work. Good luck!
California Family Law Subpoena...Which Form To Use...?
I Need To Subpoena My Son'S School For All Of His Information And Teacher Credential And Schooling Info. Yes I Have Joint Legal And Physical Custody But They Still Won'T Give It To Me. That'S Why I Need A Subpoena...Please Send The Link Or The Form #. I'Ve Checked Www.Courtinfo.Ca.Gov But All Of These Are For Business Records And I'M Asking For More Than Business Info.
Use the business records one, that can include all of the records pertaining to your son, as well as anything else that you specify on the subpoena. You can also attach the attachment form (that's what it's called on the CA forms site) and specify in detail what documents you want.
What Is The Purpose Of Family Court?
What Do The Lawyers Attended To Gain At Family Court
Idealistically - They're there to protect the rights and interests of all parties involved.
Realistically - Some (emphasis on some) are there to prolong and complicate matters in order to ensure a larger fee for their services.
Family court is highly favorable than any other option that would allow for one person to decide the fates of others by only hearing each party speak. One party with interests may be vastly more knowledgeable than the other in terms of law or just have a larger voice/personality which puts the other(s) at a great disadvantage.
When "experts" on the law are introduced in order to represent all parties with interests then it's considered a much less biased and equal form of representation and ultimately it's up to the judge to interpret the law in the context of what was represented by each party involved.
You'd be surprised how un-"black and white" the law can be.
How Was Nelson Mandela'S Involvement In The Banning Of The Apartheid?
As a young student, Mandela became involved in political opposition to the white minority government's denial of political, social and economic rights to South Africa's black majority. Joining the African National Congress in 1942, he founded its more dynamic Youth League two years later together with Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and others.
After the 1948 election victory of the Afrikaner-dominated National Party with its apartheid policy of racial segregation, Mandela was prominent in the ANC's 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People, whose adoption of the Freedom Charter provided the fundamental program of the anti-apartheid cause. During this time Mandela and fellow lawyer Oliver Tambo operated the law firm of Mandela and Tambo, providing free or low-cost legal counsel to many blacks who would have been otherwise entirely without legal representation.
Initially committed to non-violent mass struggle he and 150 others were arrested on 5 December 1956 and charged with treason. The marathon Treason Trial of 1956-1961 followed, and all were acquitted. Mandela and his colleagues accepted the case for armed action after the shooting of unarmed protesters at Sharpeville in March 1960 and the subsequent banning of the ANC and other anti-apartheid groups.
In 1961 he became the commander of the ANC's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe ("Spear of the Nation", or MK), which he co-founded. He coordinated a sabotage campaign against military, government and civilian targets and made plans for possible guerrilla war if sabotage failed to end apartheid. He also fundraised for MK abroad, and arranged for paramilitary training, visiting various African governments.
On August 5, 1962 he was arrested after the CIA tipped off the police, after living on the run for seventeen months and was imprisoned in the Johannesburg Fort. Three days later the charges of leading workers to strike in 1961 and leaving the county illegally were read to him during a court appearance. On October 25, 1962, Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison. Two years later on June 11, 1964 a verdict had been reached concerning his previous engagement in the African National Congress.
While Mandela was in prison, police arrested prominent ANC leaders on 11 July 1963 at Liliesleaf Farm, Rivonia. Mandela was brought in, and at the Rivonia Trial, Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Andrew Mlangeni, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaled, Walter Mkwayi (escaped during trial), Arthur Goldreich (escaped from prison before trial), Dennis Goldberg and Lionel "Rusty" Bernstein were charged with sabotage and crimes equivalent to treason (but which were easier for the government to prove). Joel Joffe, Arthur Chaskalson and George Bizos were part of the defence team that represented the accused. All except Rusty Bernstein were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on 12 June, 1964. Charges included involvement in planning armed action, in particular sabotage (which Mandela admits to) and a conspiracy to help other countries invade South Africa (which Mandela denies). Over the course of the next twenty-six years, Mandela became increasingly associated with opposition to apartheid to the point where the slogan "Free Nelson Mandela" became the rallying cry for all anti-apartheid campaigners around the world.
While in prison, Mandela was able to send a statement to the ANC who in turn published it on 10 June, 1980 which said in part:
'Unite! Mobilise! Fight on! Between the anvil of united mass action and the hammer of the armed struggle we shall crush apartheid!'[http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/ma...
Refusing an offer of conditional release in return for renouncing armed struggle (February 1985), Mandela remained in prison until February 1990, when sustained ANC campaigning and international pressure led to his release on 11 February, on the orders of state president F.W. de Klerk and the ending of the ban on the ANC. He and de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Mandela had already been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1988.
As president of the ANC (July 1991 - December 1997) he ran a largely ceremonial and uncompetitive campaign against de Klerk for the new office of President of South Africa. Mandela won, becoming the nation's first black Head of State. De Klerk was appointed deputy president.
As president, (May 1994 - June 1999), Mandela presided over the transition from minority rule and apartheid, winning international respect for his advocacy of national and international reconciliation. Some radicals were disappointed with the social achievements of his term of office, however, particularly the government's ineffectiveness in stemming the AIDS crisis.
Low Cost Step Parent Adoption Lawyer?
I Live In The State Of Nebraska. I Am Married And I Just Found Out That I Am Having A Child With Another Woman. She Wants My Wife And I To Parent The Child Who Is Due Any Day Now. I Want To Know If Anyone Has Any Suggestions For Low Cost Step Parent Adoption Lawyers?
If she's not contesting (and it sounds like she isn't), I'd recommend Tom Horaty. Court costs and everything for us was less than $450. Having said that, our adoption agency (http://www.nchs.org/) took care of a lot of the paperwork. In your case, without an adoption agency, the lawyer might have to do a bit more work and thus charge a bit more. If you have any more questions, Nebraska Children's Home Society is a great resource.
What Does A Family Law Lawyer Do?
What Does A Family Law Lawyer Do? Is That Even The Right Name?
An attorney who specializes in "family law" deals primarily with issues such as: divorce, alimony, child support, adoption, child visitation rights, legal separations/annulments, etc.