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- How to Prepare for a First Meeting with an Attorney
Choosing an attorney can be a mind-numbing experience. That first meeting can be scary, but simple preparation will make the experience better. Most attorneys offer free initial consultations, which is a time for you meet, briefly discuss your situation, and then decide if you want this person to work for you. What you may not have thought of is that the attorney is also looking across the desk and deciding whether he/she wants to work with you.
- What Do I Do When my Current Attorney is Pushing me into a Settlement I Don’t Feel is Adequate?
When you hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, you expect that lawyer to make sure you get all the money you deserve. If your attorney is pushing you into a settlement that you don’t feel is adequate, you may feel frustrated. Your lawyer works for you, not the other way around. If you feel a settlement is inadequate and your current attorney won’t or can’t give you a satisfactory explanation as to why you should accept this low settlement, get a second opinion.
- The Perils of Do-it-Yourself Internet Law
There is an unmistakable trend revealing itself in growing numbers of new cases: the “Instant Internet Lawyer.” This term refers to a growing corps of do-it-yourself amateur attorneys who believe that a few hours of web research, aided and abetted perhaps with discussions with total strangers on blogs, they are qualified to handle their own legal matters. Internet or no Internet, the old rule still applies: a person who handles his or her own legal matter has a fool for a client.
- Are Verbal Agreements Binding?
Verbal agreements are contracts even though they were not memorialized in a writing. Assuming that the contract is valid, the verbal agreement between two parties is binding. However, verbal contracts may have unique complications to them.
- 5 Easy Steps to Derail Your Attorney/Client Relationship
by Jaburg Wilk
When clients come to me for legal advice, I assume they will consider my advice, if not follow it. However, for sake of argument, let’s say you are different and you want to know the best ways to negatively impact the attorney/client relationship.
- Accidental Violations of Court Orders
Many clients come to attorneys when they have accidentally violated a court order. Whether due to an accident or misunderstanding, the consequences can be quite severe. So, what can be done when you have accidentally violated a court order?
- Top 5 Qualities of a Good Lawyer
To become a lawyer is to become a man/woman of many hats. Law schools will teach you some of the skills you need, but they can't teach character. In order to become a "good" lawyer, you have to naturally have certain qualities. Some of these qualities you've discovered within yourself in your time as a law student, but others may need to be worked on.
- Is It Legal to Keep Abandoned Personal Possessions?
Anyone who has ever found someone else's wallet has probably experienced that momentary moral dilemma of deciding whether to return the wallet or to keep the contents. Wherever you may have come down on that decision, the law actually does have some fairly clear guidelines for how such situations should be handled.
- What is Tort Reform?
The term “tort reform” has been a favorite in the news for years, but what does it really mean? What is a tort, why does it need to be reformed, and what kind of change needs to be made?
- After a Riot, Who Pays for the Damage?
Riots have erupted all over the United States in recent years, often in the wake of racial tensions created by police activities. Often beginning as peaceful protests, these demonstrations sometimes degenerate into violent riots where people and property suffer harm, leaving innocent people to pick up the pieces. This has led many to ask who should pay for the damage after a riot?