When do you need a Lawyer?

The world of law is a very vast place. With new laws appearing on a yearly basis, old laws being updated, old laws being removed, and so on—the world of law is always changing. At this point, understanding basic laws are essential for civilians. Unfortunately for some, the law either catches up to them, they accidentally broke a law they knew nothing about, or they did break the law intentionally. Regardless of your legal matter, when do you really need to hire a lawyer?

Sometimes legal matters do not require the help of a lawyer. Some simple legal cases involve the individual representing themselves. Other simple legal issues can be resolved with a doctor, psychologist, and clergy. There are some legal cases, however, that always require a lawyer. Those legal cases are: arrest, lawsuits, being served legal documents, accidents with injury or property damage, divorce, adoption, bankruptcy, and even foreclosures.

When you run into legal troubles with the law, it can become extremely stressful to handle. Let’s say your home is in foreclosure. You get served papers, and you are unsure what to do with them. Your first instinct is to either get really upset, or throw the papers aside. At this point, this is the final straw and you just need a break. If you attempt to handle this foreclosure on your own (that does not involve moving out of your home), you may be faced with lawyers from your mortgage company who are much more proficient in law than you are. This may lead to more financial issues, and more legal trouble.

By getting a lawyer when your home becomes foreclosed, you are saving yourself a ton of headache. The lawyer can help you fight for your home, but also may advise against it. The lawyer will represent you in any court matters that are involved in the foreclosure. Not only is the lawyer able to help and guide you through the foreclosure process, they are able to protect you from any further legal issues.

A good example of a lawyer is helping with adoption. Adopting a child is not as easy as adopting a pet, you have to go through many more steps to reach your goal. You will need to meet with an adoption agency, and a lawyer would be helpful in this process as they can help you “win over” the adoption agency. They will make sure all adoption matters are completely legal and that you and your spouse (unless it’s just you) are capable of adopting.

Lawyers are great for many reasons, and sometimes you just don’t need one. If you are unsure if you need a lawyer, feel free to contact a law office. They will be able to give you basic information over the phone, or will request that you come in for a consultation meeting. Lawyers can be costly, but you should also get one as soon as possible if you know your legal matter is too big for you to handle on your own. Hiring a lawyer for such a legal issue will save you money in the long run and help reduce the stress of the situation. Remember: when in doubt, seek it out!

What it takes to Become a Lawyer

A lawyer is someone whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters. Upon completion of school, lawyers undergo more training to prepare for their profession. Each lawyer can specialize, performing their services for divorce, injury, business, and so on, or simply keep a wide range of law practice. Regardless of what specialty, lawyers are required to undergo proper schooling and training before being allowed to practice law.

How To Become A Lawyer?

The first step to becoming a lawyer is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. There is no specific degree that an individual needs in order to get into law school. Most law school acceptances come from students with a degree in political science, mathematics, journalism, and even English. However, there is no specific required field of study for a Bachelor’s degree before getting into law school. One thing to keep in mind, is pre-requisites for getting into law school. As long as you perform your pre-requisites successfully, and obtain your bachelor’s degree successfully, you are one step closer to a law career.

During the time of your undergraduate career, you should not simply just be getting your undergraduate degree. To become a lawyer, many people will obtain the proper experience during this time. The coursework taken for your undergraduate degree should be carefully planned out, to ensure you are on the right track to becoming a lawyer. You should also consider volunteer positions and internships in the law field of work, in order to gain experience and professional affiliations. All of this will help you develop your admissions package for your prospective law school career.

You would think that the next step to becoming a lawyer is to apply and enroll in law school. While technically this is the next step, you should take your law school exam first. This exam is called the Law School Admission test (LSAT), and is required by all law schools in America. Certain law schools require certain test scores, so make sure to research what score range you should be getting on your LSAT. Proper preparation and studying for the LSAT will guarantee you a great score and admission into law school.

Hopefully by now, on your journey to becoming a lawyer, you have researched potential law schools. At this point, it is time to apply to law school by submitting a complete application.

Your next step is to earn your juris doctor degree. During this time is when young, prospective lawyers are starting to plan out their career. This is when lawyers typically specialize in areas such as real estate, death, injuries, crime, and so on. This is typically a three year program, which is followed by the ever-so-famous bar exam.

Once you pass your bar exam, and a thorough background check from your respective state, you can begin to practice in your law career. Many lawyers start at the bottom ranks, and move their way up over time. Becoming a lawyer is a lengthy, strategic process. With the right guidance and patience, becoming a lawyer is do-able for anyone looking to practice law.

What is a Lawyer?

Outside of fictional TV entertainment, lawyers are actual professionals who are licensed to practice law in a variety of settings. Another name for a lawyer is an attorney, counsel, or counselor. These individuals undergo many years of schooling to become professionals within the law profession. Lawyers obtain a bachelor’s degree in any topic they want, though the most popular bachelor’s degree for future lawyers are political science, business, psychology, and even philosophy. Once they have obtained their bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, the aspiring lawyer must obtain their Juris Doctor degree. Here they determine their specialization; such as criminal lawyer, family lawyer, business lawyer, and so on. After they have received their Juris Doctor degree, lawyers must also pass the bar exam and any other government requirements before lawyers can begin their practice. It is only after the lawyer has passed their BAR exam that they can begin their practice.

What does a Lawyer Do?

What is a lawyer, exactly? You can easily google the definition of Lawyer. Simply put, Lawyers are licensed professionals who advise and represent their clients during legal matters. They can support a defendant, or even be present for a defendant should they need to be.

The duties of a Lawyer are to uphold the law while also protecting a client’s rights. This is why Lawyers must pass certain exams and licenses before they can begin their practice. Lawyers are the individuals who every day citizens turn to when legal troubles arise. In order to properly help their clients, Lawyers need to follow each law themselves, and also be knowledgeable about the law.

Most of the time, a Lawyer will conduct their work in an office environment. They must research different information for clients, create cases for their clients, and even hold client meetings in their office. This is a lot of work for one person, and usually Lawyers have a team working with them to get each legal task done.

Lawyers are not simply individuals who put themselves through years of schooling to obtain a career that pays the big bucks. Lawyers are not simply individuals who follow the protocol for a famous TV show. Lawyers are not simply individuals who handle the biggest cases they can find. Lawyers are much more than the public’s common judgements.

How Can A Lawyer Help You?

A Lawyer is someone who is there to help you. They work hours on end to help their clients resolve any legal issues they 

 

 

may be having. They are present when the client can’t be, and they are always researching new laws to make sure their 

 

practice stays current. These professionals of law are here to make sure the public is able to live a fully legal life, and to help guide them back when legal matters come into play. A lawyer is a great communicator, and has an eye for detail. They create a legal case for you, and they investigate every detail of your legal matter. A Lawyer is there to help guide you.

Three Types of Lawyers You May Need To Call

When we say types, we mean specialties. Each lawyer, upon earning their Juris Doctor degree, a lawyer can specialize in a certain field. They can become criminal lawyers, real estate lawyers, business lawyers, family lawyers, etc. There are many different specialties offered to lawyers, and each lawyer becomes proficient in their selected specialty. Below is a short overview of three different types of lawyers: business, criminal, and family.

  1. Business Lawyers

The business attorney (lawyer) is the person who is involved with the company’s bare bones. This means that the business lawyer is in charge of all legal matters of the business, resolve legal disputes, taxation, property, and so on. Depending on the size of the business, the business may hire one lawyer or a team of lawyers. Business lawyers play a vital role in any legal matters that the company may have. They can also represent other employees during court hearings, should they need to. A business lawyer follows the same educational path as any other lawyer, but it is highly recommended that they obtain a master’s degree in some point of their law career. The master’s degree in business law provides information for a more in-depth business law practice.

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  1. Criminal Lawyers

At this point, the majority of the world’s population already know who a criminal lawyer is. Criminal lawyers specialize in crime from representing clients, defending clients, and being extremely familiar with criminal law. Their main task is to represent a defendant in a criminal court system. The criminal lawyer is the person responsible for developing a case for their defendant. Developing the case includes hours of law research, gathering witness testimonies, reviewing police records and if applicable medical records, and attending all legal based hearings on their current case. Gathering information for a criminal case and attending each legal hearing is enough work on its own. However, most criminal lawyers have a team behind them to help them gather up necessary information for their current case.a criminal behin bars

  1. Family Lawyers

While family lawyers still have to go through the same schooling as other lawyers, they are a bit less involved in the court world—at least compared to a business or criminal lawyer. Family lawyers are those who help with wills, estates, divorce, marriage, prenuptial agreements, and so on. Family lawyers are able to sit in on mediation meetings, and even offer legal advice to their clients. They also help families with adoption, custody battles, and even juvenile troubles.

Becoming a lawyer is not an easy task, but for those passionate about law, it is worth it. If you are unsure of what kind of lawyer you should hire, figure out how to categorize your legal issue. Once you know which category your legal issue falls, you are able to research other types of lawyers to determine which would be the best lawyer to get into contact with. Lawyers are here to help you with the legal process of any issue, and their specialties will guarantee that!

Should you get a Lawyer after a Loved one has passed?

For most of us, the thought of losing a loved one hardly ever passes our minds—I mean, they are going to live forever, right? Unfortunately, at the current time, humans are not able to live forever. People will eventually pass, and we need to be able to handle their passing. Everyone copes in different ways, but there is no doubt that the legal side of death is a difficult one.

What to do if a loved on Passes:

You may have gone through this before. Someone close to you passes, and you are now set to deal with their final affairs. Whether you are the executive of the will, next of kin, or even the spouse, you will have to manage their final affairs.

This can get a little bit stressful (as if death was not stressful enough!), because you need to take into consideration your lost loved ones personal affairs. What was their debt like, did they own their house or were they still making payments, did they even leave a will, is there a life insurance policy, how are you going to pay for a funeral, etc. The list goes on and on.

People avoid hiring lawyers due to the cost. They will spend a few hundred dollars on a lawyer that will only provide a few sessions of guidance to you. Some people find this to be useless spending, while other people stick to hiring a lawyer.

The truth is, you should hire a lawyer—but not just any lawyer. Lawyers practice law in different ways. You have divorce lawyers, criminal lawyers, personal injury lawyers, and so on. Your best bet is to hire a lawyer who specializes in death affairs, estates, wills, and trusts. These lawyers know the law when it comes to death and will keep you out of any trouble.

Sure you can simply google any questions you have, and even ask people around your community for advice. The thing is though, what are the credentials of said advice? Has the person gone through this before (did they hire a lawyer?), have they only ever been on the outside of the situation, were they able to handle their lost loved ones affairs effectively?

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Why hire lawyer?

By hiring a lawyer to handle after death affairs, you are getting legal and reliable information. Especially lawyers who have specialized in estates, trusts, wills, etc., they will lead you in the right direction to make the after death process a little less stressful for you.

Even if you just consult with a lawyer after your loved one has passed, you are one step closer to the after death process going smoothly. An initial consultation with a lawyer can give you general information and point you in the right direction for the task at hand. Even though you would be doing most of the heavy lifting, you are still cutting yourself a break by seeking legal advice about what to do after death of a loved one.  

If you have any questions after a loved one has passed, please feel free to reach out at my contact form.