USEFUL TIPS ON FINDING CHEAP, LOW COST LAWYERS & LAW FIRMS IN THE U.S.
Lawyers are busy professionals. They spend time in and out of court rooms, preparing documents, searching for clues and information that can lead to an acquittal, lawsuit win, successful litigation or settlement for their clients.
So, before hiring legal services here are some things clients should expect from an attorney or law firm:
If you are looking to hire legal counsel, you are better off hiring a law firm of two or more types of lawyers. This may be more expensive but at least when you call the office chances are that someone there will answer your questions or get back to you soon, and keep you informed about your case even if the attorney handling your case is not available at the time. When you deal with a single practitioner attorney chances are that he/she is so busy that will not even answer the phone, and if you leave a message you probably won't get a call back right away or sometimes not at all.
Another reason to hire a law firm is that you are hiring basically the experience and expertise of all attorneys of that law firm, because they work together sharing information and helping out one another.
AREAS OF LAW LOW COST LAWYERS HANDLE:
Securities Fraud and Embezzlement, Bribery (Commercial, Public Officer, Judicial, Sports, Witness), RICO/Racketeering charges, Fraud/theft, Federal Offense, Forgery, Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, Extortion, Wire Fraud, Asset Forfeiture.
Prostitution, Solicitation of Prostitution, Sexual Assault, Rape, Internet Sex crimes/Solicitation, Child Pornography, Indecent Exposure, Open and Gross Lewdness, Statutory Rape, Stalking, Harassment.
Arson, Assault and Battery, Robbery, Battery Domestic Violence, Attempt Murder, Coercion, Kidnaping, Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter, Homicide, First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Hate Crimes.
Possession of a banned weapon/illegal firearm, Illegal brandish of a firearm, Felon in possession of a firearm, Commission of a crime with a firearm.
Driving Without a License, Driving on a Suspended License, DUI (Driving Under Influence) , DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Reckless Driving Causing Death, Traffic Tickets.
Trafficking, Possession, Paraphernalia, Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation, Cocaine, Marijuana, Ecstasy, Heroine, GHB, Oxicoton, Meth.
OTHER TYPES OF CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
Burglary, Trespass, Bad Checks, Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, Vandalism, Drug Possession, Larceny, Shoplifting, Burglary, Robbery, Auto-theft, Possession of Stolen Goods, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Present False Claims, Grand larceny, Shoplifting, Contraband, Pyramid Schemes, Home Invasion, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault on a Police Officer, Disturbing the Peace, Escape from Prison, Perjury, Child Abuse, Neglect and Endangerment, Failure to Pay Child Support, Mayhem, Treason, Criminal Contempt of Court, Probation Violation, False Imprisonment.
Types of Lawyers and Average Annual Salaries
Federal government Lawyer - $130,000
State government Lawyer - $82,500
Immigration Lawyer - $54,000 - $73,000
Tax Lawyer - $63,000 - $118,500
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer - $41,000 - $124,000
Divorce or Family Lawyer - $39,000 - $104,000
Criminal Lawyer - $39,000 - $128,000
Real Estate Lawyer - $43,000 - $136,000
Bankruptcy Lawyer - $41,000 - $138,000
Life Insurance Lawyer - $49,000 - $157,000
Corporate or Business Lawyer - $48,000 - $163,000
Employment Rights Lawyer - $100,000 - $205,000
Intellectual Property Lawyer - $77,000 - $251,500
Large Law Firms pay an average of 140,000 to 300,000 per annum.
Lawyers median annual salary $112,800 (2010) $54.22 per hour.
Law occupations median salary $74,600.
All other occupations $33,840 per year.
Salaries depend on types of lawyers, years of experience, geographic location, competitive conditions and other factors.
Lawyer (also know as Attorney, Counsel, Counselor, Pleader or Advocate) - is a person who graduated from law school, passed the BAR exam and became a professional authorized to give legal advice and conduct lawsuits.
Pro Bono Lawyers - Attorneys or law firms that set aside a certain number of hours per week or month to provide free legal aid for those who are unable to afford or obtain civil legal services.
Public Defenders - lawyers, usually publicly appointed, who represent indigent defendants or those who can’t afford legal services at the state/public expense.
Public Prosecutors - government lawyers who conduct criminal prosecutions on behalf and at the expense of the state.
Divorce Lawyers - specialized in representing one or both spouses who want to file a petition or complaint for the annulment, dissolution or termination of a marriage or legal union between one man and one woman by legal action. It also involves other issues, such as spousal support (alimony), child support, child custody, division of debt and distribution of the couple’s property. Types of Divorce: Simple, Contested, At-fault, No-fault, Collaborative and Mediated.
Criminal Defense Lawyers - specialized in representing people charged with a crime or crimes by the state or federal government or a business or person for criminal conducts that have been classified as "misdemeanors" (less serious offenses, normally punishable by a fine, such as: petty theft, traffic violations, or possession of a small amount of marijuana) and "felonies" (more serious offenses that warrant imprisonment of one or more years like grand theft, assault and battery, rape, assault with a deadly weapon, or murder/homicide).
Bankruptcy Lawyers - specialized in assisting individuals or business who are financially ruined and unable to pay their bills and want to petition for bankruptcy (or have been petitioned by their creditors) to become legally declared financially insolvent by a court of law. Through this federal court procedure debtors can get rid of their debts and repay their creditors.
Types of Bankruptcy: LIQUIDATION & REORGANIZATION.
Understand that in most cases expensive attorneys or low cost lawyers can't do anything for you immediately. They will let you know exactly when, how and if they'll be able to help you.