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For questions about lawyers and the licensed practice of the legal profession.

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Author Writing a Legal Thriller. Appropriate to Ask Questions Here? [migrated]

I'm writing a legal thriller. I realize that since I have limited legal experience (and by "limited" I mean "no"), I am going to make mistakes. I am committed to writing this book, however, and 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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Am I liable for legal fees in advance of a retainer agreement?

If I consult with a lawyer about a possible retainer for a legal matter, am I liable for legal fees in advance of any retainer agreement between him and me?
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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 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?
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Irreconcilable differences between attorney and client?

What type of irreconcilable differences might exist between an attorney and client to cause the attorney to withdraw from a divorce case? Is this code language for not paying attorney fees or is it ...
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Bar Admissions Geography

New York Judiciary Law § 478 makes it illegal to practice law in New York state. I imagine that there is some law defining what constitutes practicing "in" the state, and that questions probably ...
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In English civil trial practice when does a barrister become involved?

In U.S. civil trial practice, the same legal professional, an attorney, or firm of legal professionals, usually handles a case from first client contact through trial and often appeals (if any) as ...
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What are the downsides of using a service like LegalZoom for simple will / living will?

Let's say someone is interested in a fairly simple will (simple financial picture with a house, mortgage, 2 bank accounts, 2 retirement accounts; no prior wills; simple family structure, nearly-bog-...
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How to describe harassment by opposing lawyer in hearing?

I was recently involved in a special education impartial hearing. I was pro se. The school district's lawyer harassed me when I was testifying, and one of my expert witnesses, as well, with her body ...
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What is the obligation for a lawyer to present a deal from the opposing party to his/her client(s) called?

What is the obligation for a lawyer to present a deal from the opposing party to his/her client(s) called? For example, if the prosecution wants to put away someone for 8 years, the defence has an ...
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What are the incentives for career prosecutors and assistant Attorney Generals/US Attorneys?

Are they out to get the highest number of convictions per attempt? Are they out to get the highest total number of convictions? Do they get evaluated based upon maximizing revenues? Are they lauded ...
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What can Jay Nixon do now?

Following the Public Defender of Missouri assigning Governor Jay Nixon to a case, what are his options?
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How do I search for an Intellectual Property lawyer focused on software licensing?

As of today, we have a list of issues in our software product EULA that need to be addressed: export regulations, indemnity, legal entities, etc. How do I find a specialized law firm (even worldwide)?...
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What is pro bono?

I heard someone say; "I used to work with you for free. Now I'm gonna do it pro bono" And I thought he just repeated himself. But I want clarity. So what does pro bono actually mean?
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Can I hire a lawyer with contingent pay in the US while from abroad?

We have purchased some equipment online in a pre-order from an U.S. based company. It was divided in 2 different orders: one order of 11 units (with the promise of 1 extra unit for free), and one ...
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Why would you wait for a lawyer before talking with the police if you're innocent? [closed]

Let's say you were arrested and detained for a crime that you didn't commit. The police/detective starts questioning you but before they get anywhere, that old saying of, I want to speak with my ...
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Claiming to be a lawyer (UK)

On workplace.stackexchange.com, a question was asked where someone had worked for a company, the company apparently asked him to sign a contract that he would do additional work for them for free, ...
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If a barrister cannot convince his client to act on his advice, should not the lawyer still effect and respect the client's instructions?

Source: p 33-34, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC. Please advise me how I can abridge the quote below to reduce this post's length. The Legal Aid and Advice Act has made ...
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What does Google Scholar lack which your typical law firm does not in terms of case data?

I hope this isn't a subjective question. I want to know what Google Scholar lacks compared to paid services that lawyers use so I know what I am missing before I go and try to have an argument with a ...
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Is it unlawful and or against the rules for a lawyer to criticize a judge and or a judge's decision?

I've heard of a sentiment that a licensed lawyer should remain respectful of the court in order to promote faith in the justice system. Is there a law or a rule against criticizing judges in and or ...
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How do lawyers get people out of custody?

On TV and in books, you often see someone getting picked by the police, held/interrogated for several hours, until a lawyer appears and forces the police to release them. Is this realistic? How do ...
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Non-Legally binding tickets, License plate lookup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada legal?

My university in this city, hands out non-legally binding tickets (tickets they print themselves with no connection to the city) for people who park without paying. I have done this a few times while ...