Presentation on theme: "Chapter 6 Lawyers. Over 1 mill. Lawyers in the U.S. 65 % private practice, 15% Gov. lawyers, 15% corporations / unions Lawyers barely see the courtroom."— Presentation transcript:
Over 1 mill. Lawyers in the U.S. 65 % private practice, 15% Gov. lawyers, 15% corporations / unions Lawyers barely see the courtroom Litigators (trial lawyers) - duty to do everything possible to secure release and acquittal
When do you need a lawyer? Preventative advice is important Consult an attorney when: 1. Real estate issues 2. Organizing a business 3. Family (divorce) 4. Will or estate 5. Contracts 6. Accidents - injury or property damage 7. Criminal charge or civil suit Bar associations (license lawyers) - can help you decide if you need a lawyer
How do you find a lawyer Best way - recommendation Yellow pages, tv, radio 1977 - U.S. Supreme court decision that allowed lawyers to advertise 25% advertise Referral service - initial consultation is usually reduced or even free legal services or legal aid are based on income
Lawyer Ask for an estimate Retainer - many lawyers require this down payment Contingency fee- has to pay a % of what the client wins (usually 1/3) Bar requires written fee agreements Public Interest groups may be interested in the case: Examples - ACLU and NAACP
Working with your attorney Trust is a key - privilege - whatever you tell your lawyer is confidential You make the final decision Code of Professional Responsibility - standards set and enforced by the state bar Disbarred - worst violations (cant practice law) forcing someone to sign something, talking openly about the case, etc. Legal malpractice - lawyers sued by clients for serious errors Arbitration systems - handle disputes
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