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If I sue someone for a small amount, and win, do they have to pay for my lawyer?

If I sue my former landlord for taking an extra 150 € from my deposit and I win, besides from the money they should give me back (the 150 €) should they pay for my lawyer expenses? Or is there a ...
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What kind of legal trouble would have a law firm that called its defeated opponents assholes?

Say a new law firm wants to come up with a fresh and juicy marketing strategy to win a share of local law market. They adopt a moral code which, although could be seen arguable, is nevertheless ...
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Tell me about Lawyers' thoughts on defending clients that they know are guilty [closed]

There are other questions that address the role that lawyers play in defending clients and the difference between knowledge and proof. I am instead asking about the human element and the impact on ...
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Can lawyers potentially be above public criticism due to their easy access to the legal system?

I know somebody who is considering leaving a non-positive (though not scathing) review on Yelp, of a lawyer he used for a short period of time. I am being slightly dissuasive, arguing that since this ...
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Can a lawyer ethiclly have a person in a 3 way call attempt to gain bank account information? [closed]

A lawyer in a 3 way call used my sister-in-law to gain information from my bank accounts. The lawyer kept quiet and had my sister-in-law ask questions. My bank told her that they could not help her. ...
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Are lawyers allowed to contact potential clients?

Would it be inappropriate for a lawyer to proactively find/contact people who might need legal representation and offer them their services? Would it be against any code of conduct or similar? The ...
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Do lawyers have intentions to establish precedent?

I'm curious about the motivations of lawyers. It's often thought that lawyers are a service, like doctors, and will take any case presented to them, regardless of subject (within their area of ...
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The Reality of a graduating law student [closed]

How likely is it (without the 100s of variables that come into play) that a person gets his J.D from a 2nd Tier University and gets paid $250 an Hour within the first 3 years of working?
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Do Mafia lawyers exist?

Do mob lawyers still exist? Can someone just call them and hire them for whatever job? I mean... What if I end up in a serious situation and want the best lawyer (or assemble the lawyer army) for it? ...
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How hard should one try to resolve dispute before hiring a lawyer to go to court? [closed]

I had a really bad landlord. He owes me money for my damage deposit and prorated rent. The lease says he has 30 days to return it. After I moved out I reminded him of this fact. He replied (in a very ...
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Do UK law degrees qualify someone to work as a lawyer in the US?

I am from Bangladesh. I did my Bachelor of Law, Masters in Law and the Bar (BPTC) from the UK. I have worked in the legal departments of companies and some freelancing in Bangladesh since 2012. I want ...
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Writing an easy-to-change will

Let’s take the following example: Alice is a web developer and she is in her 20s. She owns a business and some properties, bank accounts, Cryptocurrency wallets etc. She wants to write her will so, ...
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Is a lawyer in the United Kingdom obliged by law to inform the court or the police if his client confesses crime he has commited?

Is a lawyer in the United Kingdom obliged by law to inform the court or the police if his or her client confesses to a crime he or she has committed? I looked everywhere, can't find this answer.
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Do people / should I have a lawyer on call?

I follow the law for the most part and I don't suspect that the police are out to get me. Yet, every once in a while, I hear people talk about something relating to how the police treated them, and ...
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What is the purpose of a disclaimer like “this is not legal advice”?

If someone who is not a lawyer is giving out legal advice, does it make any difference if they include a disclaimer along the lines of "this is not legal advice"? For the purposes of this question, I ...
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Can a litigant in person prepare the bundle?

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family/practice_directions/pd_part_27a Responsibility for the preparation of the bundle 3.1 A bundle for the use of the court at the ...
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Is lawyer going to be prosecuted if it is proven that he/she certainly knew that his/her client is guilty but continued to deny it in court? [duplicate]

If, say, during the process a client, who is accused of committing a murder, admits that he did it to the lawyer and demonstrates some undeniable proofs, like video of him committing a murder in a ...
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How Honest Should One Be With Their Lawyer?

Question: Should one be unconditionally honest with their lawyer whenever one is being charged with a crime ? In particular what is the correct response when the lawyer asks "Did you do it ?"
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My attorney dropped me without reason

My attorney dropped me without notification via letter and then filed a withdraw for a worker's comp case. He claims it is irreconcilable differences but I barely talked to him about my case. Actually ...
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What to expect when getting (free) legal aid?

I want to sue my old landlord. The amount wouldn't be too much so I could do it in small claims court. I had searched the internet and found some free legal advice from the Legal Service Society. I ...
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Are lawyers generally discouraged to give high level/strategic legal advice?

Seven working days ago I emailed eight lawyers based in a medium-sized New Zealand city and specialized in criminal law. The emails were: Dear Firstname Lastname, I am seeking legal advice as ...
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How does an 'authorized representative' work?

I recently moved out of a rental home and I strongly believe the landlord owes me more money. I asked her for prorated rent given that I moved out early per her request/demand. She has declined this ...
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At what point is a lawyer's actions considered “bad faith” and is there recourse for punishment?

I have been dealing with a lawyer for a payment dispute with an old employer. The lawyer in question has been doing some questionable things and I am not sure which ones would be considered 'over the ...
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What recourse is there if opposing lawyer refuses to respond?

I am owed some money by former employer (which I discussed in another thread). I got some of the funds back but there are other issues that need to be resolved. The other guy has a lawyer and I have ...
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How can I, as a defendant, convince a court that an attorney is lying to deny post conviction relief?

Defendant, a non-ctizen, pleads guilty to felony. The non-citizen gets a good deal,(probation no jail time) but his attorney does not tell him that he is going to get deported for it. (The state ...
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How to sue big companies?

I've heard before that some Lawyers in USA offer to defend people against big companies and they ask only for a percentage of the compensation (if they get any), otherwise they don't take any other ...
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Why's it ironic for Big Law and law schools to compete in rankings, even if they disagree with the method or think it is detrimental to their mission?

Benjamin Barton JD magna magna cum laude, 1996, University of Michigan. Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession (2015). p. 177 Bottom. Please see the sentence pinpointed by ...
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Why can't lawyers lower their fees to match unmet demand, rather than leaving legal practice?

Benjamin Barton JD magna magna cum laude, 1996, University of Michigan. Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession (2015). p. 49 Middle. Please see the last two sentences ...
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Shopping for US immigration lawyers: What to ask in consultation?

I am in the process of finding an attorney to help with my Green Card application. I consider myself very knowledgeable about this subject, but I am not an expert nor do I have any personal experience....
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Is it legal to impersonate an abstract lawyer?

I would like to request a copy of my contract from a previous employer, where most of the staff is juridically uneducated people. I'm afraid that if I introduce myself, HR would realize that I am a ...
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Is there any advice for deciding which law firm should I go with a case about losing money in stock investments [closed]

I lost a lot of money investing a listed company which might have violated the law. However, after searching on Google/Twitter I noticed that there are many law firms able to provide law help to me, ...
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Can one contract a non-lawyer to represent them in court and get the other party pay for fees?

Say I want to sue someone (or I am being sued by someone) but I neither want to hire a lawyer nor represent myself in person (civil case, not criminal). Would I be able to hire, for example, a law ...
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Is an attorney allowed to refuse a detailed bill requested by the client?

I kind of have multiple questions under the scope of lawyer fees. They're about a federal white collar criminal case of this friend of mine. I won't get into details as these are rather general ...
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Are Lawyers allowed to file a court date for a federal case after they have been terminated?

So I know of this federal white collar criminal case, where a husband has been arrested by the FBI for misappropriation of Trade Secrets. A lawyer was quickly retained as a place holder to represent ...
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How Can I Become A U.S. Patent Attorney?

I'm a engineer with a diploma from another country, How would i proceed to become a patent lawyer in the USA? Will I have to make a full undergrad course or there is a shorter way?
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What is purpose of a lawyer “lawyering up?”

I've read/heard on the recent news that on an ongoing case, lawyer of a person, himself, has lawyered up (actually, I heard that about the Trump's lawyer, here, or here but please don't derail the ...
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caused accident in company car - do I need a lawyer?

While driving a rental car provided by my company, I hit another car. The rental car (the one I was driving) was insured by my company. I just learned that the driver of the car I hit has started a ...
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Is an engagement letter the same as an approximate quote?

I needed some legal help from a law firm (in India), and visited them to ask them how much they charge. They said it's their billing department that decides that, and they'd get back in touch by email....
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Should I keep calling my court appointed attorney?

I had a medical issue, and there was a very slim chance that I could have ended up as a ward of the state. As a result, I was given a court appointed attorney. However, I have not heard from the ...
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Can federal prosecutors go against the Justice Department's interpretation of the law?

Suppose that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a belief or opinion about what the proper interpretation of a certain statute or Constitutional provision is, and that they have formalized their ...
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Is it unethical for a prosecutor not to try his hardest to get an indictment?

A Grand Jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, which led to riots in Ferguson, MO. This my have been due in part to the fact that the prosecutor presented the ...
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Can Bangladeshi Lawyer practice in UK?

If somebody has no Nationality card of UK, is he able to practice in UK court, although he has completed BPTC courses?
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Are there limits on unreasonable claims by an attorney?

Attorneys often write letters to third parties, in order to get something for their client. E.g. if A trespasses against B, B's attorney may write a letter to A stating that the trespass must be ...
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How do lawyers bill for phone/email requests?

I work in an agency where clients will ask for investigations or have queries or specific requests (requiring research/analysis) via email or phone or even text. I need to bill for this time without ...
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How commonly is PGP used by lawyers?

Lawyers have to constantly keep, send and receive confidential documents. What is be the most common encryption method used by lawyers today? PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) sounds to me to be the ...
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Can a law firm provide additional professional services to clients?

In the United States (with the exception of California, since it does not strictly follow the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct), can a law firm provide additional professional services (...
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Is a lawyer allowed to stop representing his client?

Imagine a person accused of committing a crime hires a lawyer. After a while something happens and the lawyer decides he or she doesn't want to represent the client any more. For example: Ethical ...
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Can a lawyer charge the business fee (Geschäftsgebühr) when my interaction with amounts only to an e-mail exchange?

Background: Last year I had a problematic tenant in our (owned by my mother) apartment in Germany. He was repeatedly late/not paying the rent and not responding to phone calls or letters. Around the ...
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Legality of lawyer retaining monies won in settlement?

In 2015 I employed a "no win no fee" law firm to fight a claim for compensation for damages from the employer of someone who was convicted and jailed. I signed a Conditional Fee Agreement, and I have ...
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What is the remedy if a lawyer forges a client's signature on a will?

Assume that a lawyer forges his or her client's signature on a will. What is the remedy for anyone who believes they've been injured by the execution of the will?