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Too old to be a lawyer? [closed]

I’m nearing 40 years old, based in Australia and I would like to steer my career towards cyber crime and litigation involving technology. To practice law, obviously I need to do an LLB/Juris Doctor ...
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In the US, what kind of lawyer represents the government in court?

Just want to know whether the government has a special lawyer or something like that.
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Too many lawyers can threaten a country's freedom? [closed]

I've read somewhere that the US got half the worlds lawyers. Not sure if it's true, but I think it's still quite disproportional with 4% of the worlds population. Will too many lawyers in a country ...
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Lawyer knows trial is hopeless but tells client they can win

(Hypothetical) Rob is charged with a crime. His lawyer, upon receiving discovery, realises that they are very unlikely to win the trial if they plead not guilty, that the best course of action for Rob ...
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How friendly are learned friends supposed to be during court breaks?

In a courtroom, just when everyone arrives before the hearing, how common or expected is it for the opposing lawyers to shake hands (covid aside) and have small talk pretending (or really being) ...
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Did Rudy Giuliani act as an effective legal advocate for his client?

Setting aside politics and opinions on the actual merits of the case, did Rudy Giuliani act as a competent legal advocate in support of his client's position in his November 17 argument in federal ...
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Why do lawyers tend to be very conservative in making suggestive predictions?

Lawyers tend to be very conservative. For instance, clients often ask them for an assessment of "the chance of X going through". While clients can make it clear (in writing) that lawyers ...
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Can you hire attorney to obtain birth certificate for your child if you are out of country?

Consider a situation where non-US citizen parents (say Indian parents) have a child in US thus child is US citizen by birth. They obtain birth certificate and passport for the child and go back to ...
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Precedents for Attack on Lawyer in Court and Response from the Judge

I watched the classic Liar Liar Movie and also the breakdown by a youtuber Legal Eagle where he noted in the case where the lawyer injured himself to look wounded and get relief that the entire court ...
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Judge's change of sentence

In a criminal case, can a Judge change his sentence to give a lesser punishment for the crime committed on request of the lawyer of the client who had filed the case? Example: The Judge has given a ...
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Can i represent myself in a German court without a lawyer?

I want to represent myself in german court because I don't have money for a lawyer (i am a student international ) and I also don't know anything about german laws at all I have many evidence(gmails/...
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What happens if you tell the court you are not satisfied with your attorney's representation?

I have often heard judges ask parties at the conclusion of a hearing on some matter, "Are you satisfied with your attorney's representation of you in this matter?" What is the consequence of ...
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Can lawyers testify against ex-clients?

Related: Is a lawyer allowed to stop representing his client? In the event that a lawyer stops representing the client, and the client openly has told the lawyer that they have committed a crime, ...
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Do lawyers advise not to pursue legal action?

If a person is thinking of taking legal action, if they consult with a lawyer do lawyers ever advise "your chances of winning are so low you shouldn't bother pursuing this"? On one hand it ...
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Can it ever “not please” the court?

Can it ever "not please" the court? If my current understanding of the usual court proceedings (which are, admittedly quite beginner) is correct, from what I have noticed most lawyers will ...
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how and when do family lawyers get in trouble for practicing law in a state they are not licensed?

Say a lawyer is licensed to practice law in State A, and gives legal advice to a family member in state B which they are unlicensed. How could that lawyer violate state bar ethics? Where are the ...
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What is the benefit of a large lawyer team?

A pretty common trope in different kinds of media is the idea that large corporations or rich people can screw people like they want and get away with it, because they have oh so many lawyers at their ...
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What happens if bad lawyer advice causes irreparable harm?

Let's reduce the question to Canadian lawyers in immigration practice. Bad advice can cause loss of residency, lifetime ban and more. What's your recourse?
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Are public defenders commonly paid “per defense”?

In Better Call Saul, Saul is upset that he's being paid "per defense" (1): Is this a common practice? Don't criminal cases vary significantly in complexity? How is this addressed with ...
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As between lawyer and client, who gets to call the shots on strategy and tactics?

This question is a followup on my earlier one. Suppose plaintiff is suing for compensation and/or damages in a tort case. I would guess that the client would have the greater say on strategic matters. ...
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How closely must a lawyer follow a client's directives?

A plaintiff launches a lawsuit with a very complicated set of facts and law. The client says, "I want you to focus on issues X, Y, and Z, because those are the ones that I am most comfortable and ...
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Why are law firms with non-lawyer owners/directors uncommon?

Most law firms exist as partnerships of their main lawyers who are the owners/directors. Why isn't the model popular where a non-lawyer but talented leader/organizer/visionary just puppets lawyers on ...
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Why do we need lawyers in the Judicial system?

Law is supposed to be known to all citizens. It is also assumed (implicitly) that it is correctly understood: Ignorance or misinterpretation is not an excuse before the judge. So why are we required ...
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Disclosing damning information as a lawyer

Let's say I'm a defense lawyer and my client is a criminal that killed 50 people so far, but got away with it every single time, and he's on trial for a 51st, which he's also poised to escape because ...
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Is the following considered ethical or acceptable behavior for a law firm?

plaintiff commences litigation. This could require up to three proceedings, call them A, B, and C, that are customarily run in sequence, that is, one after another. That is, if plaintiff wins A, there ...
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How can we resolve a bet on a question of law?

Bob and Rob debate a question of law and do not agree. There isn't any material dispute between them to go to court about. They just want to find out what the legal truth is / who is right and who is ...
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Are lawyers permitted to advise what the best decision is likely to be?

I have engaged lawyers (who I have not dealt with before) to convey my property. New Zealand being "in lockdown" due to COVID19 has somewhat complicated the transaction. The advice I have received ...
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Can a company change its contract only for a specific person?

If a rich man is doing business with a company and they want him to sign a contract, can they present him with a different contract than the one they give to other customers to try and take advantage ...
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Both parties have retained a lawyer, what if the other party still communicates to me directly?

The other party started to use a lawyer, and then I retained a lawyer and responded to their letter. But what if they still contact me directly about the matters lawyers are dealing with? What type ...
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Is there a legally stronger resource than legal advise from a lawyer?

As far as I am concerned lawyers interpret, to the best of their ability, the law when giving legal advice to a client in a lawyer-client relationship. Since some legal problems can be quite complex ...
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What is the difference between thinking auto insurance claim with or without a lawyer?

When in an accident, i contacted my insurance company to start a claim. My general understanding that if I'll take lawyer to pursue the other insurance company, any settlement would be split between ...
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What can I do if my attorney misses a court deadline?

In California civil court cases: Will court extend filing deadlines for me if I can prove that my attorney was unresponsive? Are attorneys liable for the consequences of missing court deadlines?
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Do pro bono lawyers have to file that they represent a client to claim attorney client privilege?

I was watching an exchange between Chris Cuomo and Rep. Matt Gaetz about the relationship between President Trump and his personal attorney Mayor Giuliani. In it Chris said: The great theory here is, ...
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How to find/choose a criminal lawyer in another state?

I am seeking an attorney, in a state other than my own (in the USA), to provide me with guidance in the area of criminal law. (I have some specific questions.) How might I go about finding such an ...
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A lawyer ignored key evidence. Reasonable for me to complain to the Law Society of Ontario?

I don't want to be identified or give out too many details. Thus let's assume the facts of this case. Mine is pretty similar. He bought a used car on 5-30-2011 for $10K from a Toyota dealership ...
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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 ...