Posts made in February, 2017

When to Hire a Lawyer 

This question will not yield a simple answer because you cannot tell the circumstances where you need to have one. Before you hire a hire, you should evaluate several factors before you can decide that you really need one.

Screenshot_63

You should hire a lawyer when you feel that you really need one. Hire the best one that you can specializes in the case you are in. Here are a couple of situations where you feel the need of hiring a lawyer.

If you ever feel that you’re not comfortable representing yourself in court and you know you can’t afford to lose the case, then it’s time to find and hire a lawyer. The comfort level will differ from person to person. It will highly depend on how much you know about the law, how well you understand concepts and legal terms, how much effort you can put in educating yourself and how confident you are in expressing yourself. If you are not comfortable with all of these, then you might hire a lawyer.

Another situation where there is a need of a lawyer is when you are going to jail because of a crime charge. These charges include tax fraud, domestic violence and motor offenses. When you are in this situation, hire a lawyer.

If you’re also in the verge of losing great amount of money, find a lawyer. If you are also involved in a case where your opponent has a lawyer, hire a lawyer because it would be a great disadvantage to you if will represent yourself. If there is also a bodily injury involved, you will need to consult a lawyer for insurance.

If you’re in a complicated divorce and there have been disagreements over guard ship of children and division of assets, you will need a legal counsel. You can hire a lawyer to assist you in the legal process.

Also, if you’re planning to prepare a power of attorney, living will, or even a simple will, consulting a lawyer would be the best decision since if you have to be sure of what you’re doing if you want to plan it alone.

Another couple of situations where a lawyer is need are the following: adopting a child, a contract is needed; there are complex business matters and many more.

 

 

Read More

Top Different Types of Lawyers 

Many of us don’t think about the different types of attorneys because we don’t often see the necessity of knowing it. But when we need it, the need to know the different types of attorneys will hit us. So it is really necessary to know the variety of attorneys, so we would be able to get in touch with someone like them.

Screenshot_62

There are a number of lawyers available around the world. Some of them specialize in Environmental Law, Business Law, Family Law, Estate Planning and many more. The following are the top and common type of attorney most of people need.

1. Real Estate Attorneys

Real estate lawyers help individuals, small businesses and families with property-related issues. Both sellers and buyers of commercial and residential real estate should work with a lawyer to draft and review contract, negotiate the terms of agreement, review paperwork like loan agreements and attend closing. These particular attorneys will also assist property owners in terms of appealing property tax assessment and addressing zoning issues. Tenants and landlords should work with law firms specializing in real estate law to handle eviction proceedings, draft and review lease agreement, and resolve tenant-landlord disputes.

2. Civil Trial Attorney

Civil litigation is the result of two parties becoming embroiled in a legal dispute seeking money. Heading to the courtroom for a trial so a jury or a judge can decide about the matter. A trial lawyer is the one who specializes in a civil litigation. This kind of attorney represents his clients during associated proceedings like depositions and pretrial hearings as well as mediation between court personnel and administrative agencies.

Civil litigation deals with a large number of disputes. Some areas are: environmental law, personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims, intellectual property disputes and divorce lawsuits.

A civil litigation attorney’s roles and responsibilities are diverse and challenging. It is a process with the two parties pitted against each other. He is obligated to fight for his client to achieve the result on the client’s behalf. The lawyer is willing to embrace controversy and conflict, assume oppositional positions, and act as a human pit bull defending their client.

3. Divorce Lawyers

Divorce is now becoming common after most of the marriages. So, couples would need to hire divorce lawyers. They work on all possible concerns like termination of a marriage, spousal support, and division of conjugal asset, visitation rights and guard ship of children. In status quo, 50% of marriages in America turned to an end due to divorce. In this manner, a divorce lawyer would be needed. 

4. Insurance Lawyer

An insurance lawyer is a must. There would be a point that an insurance lawyer’s service is needed. An insurance lawyer will help us in the following cases: disability, medical, vehicle and home accidents and injuries. They will recover us from these awful situations.

5. Bankruptcy Lawyer

A bankruptcy lawyer will assess your situations and look for probable options. He also gives professional and expert advice that can be the best for you. If you ever need one, you have to look for a lawyer in this specialty that has an experience.

 

 

Read More

Considerations When Hiring an Attorney 

You have been looking for attorney to serve as your legal counsel and you have found several good prospects. However, before hiring an attorney from that list of prospects, you have to take into account some considerations. There are initial questions that you can ask your prospect lawyers before you commit to a consultation.

Screenshot_60

Consider if the lawyer is willing to provide a free consultation on your initial interview. Consider the number of years the lawyer has been in practice. You should also consider if the lawyer’s cases are similar to yours because that kind of lawyer is more knowledgeable and more efficient, and it will definitely save you a lot of money.

You can also ask the lawyer for references, like the previous clients he worked with. This will definitely help you to know the lawyer’s past work and if he was a good one or not. You should also ask if the lawyer represent any interest groups like senior citizen groups or nursing homes.

One of the most important things to know too is the lawyer’s fee arrangement. Ask how much the attorney require and if these fees are negotiable.

Why do you need to interview the lawyer? You would be sharing your life details with the lawyer and you will rely in this person’s advice and expertise. The lawyer will be acting on your behalf, so being comfortable with him is very critical. An interview will help you make a clear judgment of the lawyer you are going to hire.

Consider if the lawyer would be doing everything on a case, and if not would be working with associate? It is important to know if the lawyer would be doing the case preparation, research, negotiation and other, because if there would be associates, the fee arrangement might change. 

To successfully interview the lawyer, bring a summary of your case including facts and dates and a list of questions for him. The purpose is to decide whether the lawyer is capable in holding your case, to decide if you’re okay with the fee arrangement and of course to find out if you can comfortably with him.

 

Read More

Categories

RSS FindLaw Blotter

  • 64 Attackers Convicted After Rape Kit Backlog Tested March 14, 2019
    While law enforcement officers are more diligent than ever about collecting forensic evidence in rape investigations, they often still lack the financial resources to ensure rape kits are tested in a timely fashion. According to some estimates, hundreds of thousands...
  • Paul Manafort Sentenced to Federal Prison, Faces New State Charges March 13, 2019
    Two federal judges have sentenced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to a combined seven and a half years in prison for assorted financial crimes, conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. And his troubles...
  • Serial Podcast Subject Adnan Syed Won't Get Retrial March 11, 2019
    In a shocking turn of events for the subject of the Serial podcast, and now an HBO mini-series, Adnan Syed won't be getting that retrial he won on appeal, at least, unless Maryland's, or the United States', Highest Court...
  • Cop Drones Have Thermal Imaging Now March 6, 2019
    The long arm of the law meets the eye in the sky. The Franklin County Sheriff's office in southern Washington announced it has two new "officers" on the force: drones with thermal imaging cameras. And they couldn't be more fired...
  • Which Twin Did It? New DNA Test May Have the Answer March 5, 2019
    It's a classic legal defense, at least for soap operas: My evil twin did it. And, until recently, it was pretty effective. Read more on FindLaw legal blogs.
  • Universal Background Checks for Firearm Purchases Passed by House March 4, 2019
    Under federal law, you must pass a background check to purchase a firearm from registered dealers. But there are a couple exceptions to that rule. First, online guns sales and those that take place at gun shows didn't always require...
  • Can the Court Forcibly Medicate a Defendant? March 1, 2019
    You may have heard about the concept of competency to stand trial. It basically means that a person charged with a crime must be able to comprehend the nature and consequences of the proceedings and adequately help an attorney with...
  • Anything You Say on the Prison Phone Can and Will Be Used Against You February 26, 2019
    Perhaps the Miranda warnings need a little update. New York City might've made phone calls from its jails free, but you'll want to watch what you say when you're on the line. The state's highest court ruled last week that...
  • Judge: Federal Prosecutors Violated Victim Notice Law in Jeffrey Epstein Case February 22, 2019
    The crimes which financier Jeffrey Epstein has been suspected of, charged with, and pleaded guilty to, are myriad, but all center around the sexual exploitation of underage girls. In 2008, Epstein entered into a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors, allowing...
  • Supreme Court Curtails Civil Asset Forfeiture February 21, 2019
    For years, state and local police departments have been piggybacking on federal investigations and statutes that allow for the forfeiture of property derived from or involved in criminal activity. While the law was intended to deprive criminals of the ill-gotten...

Recent Comments