LAWYERS ARE SOME OF THE BUSIEST 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, be a little patient if your call is not returned right away.
Lawyer (also known 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.
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.
Pro Bono Legal Services - 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.
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.
DUI Lawyers - specialized in representing motorists involved in vehicular DUI or DWI accidents or simply caught driving impaired under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Also, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, hit and run, reckless driving, reckless driving causing death, traffic tickets.
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 arson, assault and battery, grand theft, robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, rape, attempt murder, assault with a deadly weapon, coercion, kidnaping, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, homicide, first degree murder, second degree murder, hate crimes.)
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.
Here’s how you can handle your legal issue without spending a lot of money.
Resolving a legal issue without spending money can be challenging, but there are some resources and strategies you can explore:
Legal Aid Organizations:
Pro Bono Legal Services:
Legal Clinics and Workshops:
Community Legal Education Programs:
Online Legal Resources:
Ask for Payment Plans or Fee Waivers:
Availability of free and pro bono legal services may vary depending on your location, the nature of your legal issue, and your financial circumstances.
Always conduct thorough research, and if possible, seek guidance from local legal aid organizations or pro bono legal services to determine the options available to you.
ABOUT REPRESENTING YOURSELF
Representing yourself in a court of law, also known as acting "pro se" or "pro per," can have both advantages and disadvantages. Here are four of each:
Direct Control and Involvement:
Personal Knowledge of the Case:
Lack of Legal Expertise:
Limited Knowledge of Legal Procedures:
Potential for Ineffective Advocacy:
Before deciding to represent yourself, it's essential to carefully consider the specific details of your case, your comfort level with legal procedures, and the potential consequences of doing so. In complex legal matters, seeking pro bono legal services or any professional legal advice is often recommended.
Largest Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlements, Verdicts and Awards.
Before hiring legal services here are some things clients should expect from low cost lawyers or law firms:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trafficking, Possession, Paraphernalia, Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation, Cocaine, Marijuana, Ecstasy, Heroine, GHB, Oxicoton, Meth.
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.
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.
Here is a list of the top 10 countries where lawyers make the most money.
1- SWITZERLAND, the average annual salary of a Swiss lawyer is $260,800. The salary ranges from $120,300 to $414,050 per year.
2- CANADA, the average annual salary of a Canadian lawyer is $193,800. The salary ranges from $88,800 to $308,200 per year.
3- AUSTRALIA, the average annual salary of a Australian lawyer is $142,100. The salary ranges from $65,300 to $226,100 per year.
4- NETHERLANDS, the average annual salary of a lawyer is $134,400. The salary ranges from $59,700 to $214,500 per year.
5- NORWAY, the average annual salary of a Norwegian lawyer is $131,100. The salary ranges from $86,250 to $208,300 per year.
6- THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the average annual salary of an American lawyer is 127,900. The salary ranges from $81,700 to $194,600 per year.
7- JAPAN, the average annual salary of a Japanese lawyer is $118,540. The salary ranges from $54,500 to $188,700 per year.
8- UNITED KINGDOM, the average annual salary of a British lawyer is $118,300. The salary ranges from $36,500 to $291,600 per year.
9- GERMANY, the average annual salary of a German lawyer is $101,500. The salary ranges from $46,700 to $161,500 per year.
10- IRELAND, the average annual salary of a Irish lawyer is $92,173. The salary ranges from $42,500 to $146,200 per year.