Talking about Law Firms.

Just a reminder, when dealing with lawyers your problem or concern becomes an issue.
The Firm has almost become the generic name for a lawyer working in an office. Even, if they are found working all by themselves in a rundown rented room, in the not so nice section of town.
First, of course are the Mega-Firms. These bad boys have an impossible number of lawyers and support staff working for them. Their clients are corporations and people with more money than God. The chances of finding help you can afford here is not very good.
Then there are the large firms. These are firms owned and operated by Partners. Partners are the lawyers ultimately in charge of the firm. There are 2 types of partners, ‘equity’ and ‘income’. The ‘equity’ partner are the ones who gets to have their name on the firm’s letter head and get a lion’s share of the firms ‘pure’ profit. The ‘income’ partners are essentially the salaried department heads of the firm. Each of these lawyers will be in charge of a particular area of law. For example, one partner would be in charge of all domestic issues. Now, these firms may have upwards of 200 additional lawyers working for them. These lawyers are referred to as associates. The associate lawyer will handle the sub-specialties. These firms will have a large support staff. Paralegals, computer engineers and investigators to name a few of the support personal types they have access too. Downside, you may meet and talk with your lawyer only once, maybe twice. Unless, you have to go to court, then you might visit with your lawyer a few more times. You see, your case may be only one many. If they do take you on, will probably have more dealings with the paralegal assigned to your issue. Don’t get me wrong, it’ll be a lot like going to your doctor’s office. You may see and talk to your doctor for a few minutes. However, the blood draws, vital checks, getting the diagnostic exams scheduled, billing your issuance are handled by the support staff but the staff will report every test result and action taken on your behalf back to your doctor. Again, these firms are rather expensive.
Next on the ladder, are the firms with only are with only 20 or 30 lawyers. They don’t have any associates but may have 2 or 3 young lawyer’s fresh out of law school. Each of the lawyers may specialize in one or two areas of law. Again, they will have a good supporting staff. Namely paralegals my favorite profession. Just not as many, which means the paralegals may be assisting two or more of the lawyers in the firm. Unlike the larger firms you will see a bit more of your lawyer.
In these last 2 types of firms, a partner or a couple of firm’s associates may become passionate about a particular issue. In this case these lawyers will help but with that issue. However, these lawyers will have set up their own rules and regulations to qualify for their help.
Next week I want to talk about the Independents and Firm specialties

Finding a Lawyer???

If you are reading this because you think you might need a lawyer, you know what, you probably do.  The trick is in finding a lawyer with the skills and knowledge to meet your Issue needs.  It doesn’t matter what your problem or concern is, when your lawyer becomes involved your problem becomes an Issue.  So, like I said the trick is going to be finding a lawyer that can handle your Issue. A good example is the movie ‘The Firm’ starring Gene Hackman and Tom Cruise, do you remember the army of lawyers that invaded Tom Cruises’s office when he was studying for the Bar Exam. You see, each and every one of those lawyers specialized in a different area of law.   So you see there are a lot of different kinds out there. Some people say maybe too many. But you know what; these same braincases scream the loudest that there isn’t enough when they need a lawyer. First, let’s talk about the General Practioners.  Literally these lawyers are the jack of all trades and the master of none. Unfortunately, the General Practioners are becoming as scarce as hens-teeth. Who knows maybe Paralegals will evolve to take over that job like the R.N has evolved into the Nurse Practioner. Then there are Lawyers who specialize in different areas of Law. There are lawyers who only deal with tax law, and there are lawyers who only handle domestic Issues. There are lawyers that deal with real-estate and landlord, tenant Issues. There are lawyers who only deal with the sports and entertainment industry. There are those that only deal with intellectual property. Just so you know imtellalectual property is mostly about writers, computer program writers and inventors.  Next are Civil Law Lawyers who deal with rights and equality Issues.  Then there are Criminal Lawyers who handle everything from traffic tickets to murder. Let’s not forget Bankruptcy lawyers, much needed if you get behind the financial 8-Ball. Side-note, Bankruptcy is not cure all. There are some things you cannot bankrupt out of, like child support, student loans and back taxes. There is of course the almost infamous Personal Injury Lawyers.  Side-note here, most of personal injury lawyers are genuinely out to help. Then we get into the sub-specialties, like domestic lawyers that only deal with a child custody or support Issue. Side-note, you do not want to be on the wrong side of these lawyers. The ones I have met and dealt with will quite gleefully rip your financial throat out if you are shafting a child.  There are Tax Lawyers who only handle international tax laws. A new sub-specialty being added to Family Law. This is Elder Law. Elder Law is focused on the services and legal needs of our ever growing senior population.  Especially, your rights and responsibilities toward your Elder. Side-note, did you know if you accept guardianship and or conservatorship of your parent without prober legal preparation and your parent dies in debt you could be legally responsible for that debt.

Never ever, ever forget that few, very few Collection Agencies’ play fair.  Just ask the Illinois woman who went to jail for a medical bill that the hospital told her she did not owe.  She didn’t even know she was taken to court over this until her arrest.

Confused just wait until I start talking about Firms.

 

Hello World I am a Paralegal not a Lawyer

Hurumph!!  Getting this figure’d out and up and running was not as easy as the books say it is.

Okay, let’s take   care of this up front.  I am not a lawyer! I am a paralegal/legal assistant. I even earned a college degree that says I am. So what follows is in no way to be taken as, construed as, intended to be, or mistaken for legal advice. This is legal information only!!!

This blog’s intention is to answer at least some of your questions about our legal system. I will also be getting into a lot of our different laws. Especially admin-laws which cover things like medi-care, v.a. benefits and social security.  I want to equip you with information that you may need to make best use of and take full advantage of our legal system.

Let’s get things rolling then.

You will be seeing a new post every week.   To start with, I will be talking about the different kinds of lawyers. There are so very many different kinds of lawyers.  There are an incredible number of Law firms out there and each one unique.  Then, I will start going into how to find help as close to you budget as possible.  Then I will get into the work on you need to do before you sit down with your new lawyer.  This blog is to equip you with what you need to ask your lawyer the questions he or she needs to hear.  You see your lawyers are restricted by the questions you actually say not what you meant.  What can realy be frustrating is when you try to get your client to ask the questions you need to hear and they won’t listen.

See you next week