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Why do lawyers not represent themselves in their own areas of expertise?

I understand why a criminal defense lawyer would not represent himself in a personal injury case, or a patent attorney would not defend herself against criminal charges. But why wouldn't a criminal ...
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Search for a lawyer by name in the US across states?

I have a lawyer's name and I'm trying to find if the person is a real licensed lawyer in the US. For some reasons I cannot ask the person directly at this moment, so I'm asking here. I do not know ...
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How can I find out how many cases a lawyer has won/lost?

This lawyer in question was unbelievable in every sense of the word. I don't believe he could be trusted.
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Are lawyers allowed to stall if their client wants it?

Say a terminally ill person sues someone. That someone (and their lawyers) knows they're likely to lose any case, but also knows that the plaintiff is going to die soon, so they instruct their lawyers ...
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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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Alternative systems without the Right to Remain Silent

As I understand it, the "Right to Remain Silent" errs on the side of innocence in the USA justice system. Jurors are usually supposed to rule as if the defendant testified in the manner ...
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what criteria do lawyers, in particular patent lawyers, use to determine whether or not to accept a case?

I just came off of an initial consultation with a patent lawyer about a utility patent application. After the one hour consultation, he stated that he currently does not have the bandwidth to take on ...
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Sexually assaulted with a firearm by chicago police

Long story short. Approximately 20 years ago I was sitting in my vehicle in a parking lot when a minivan pulled up behind me and several undercover officers jumped out of the minivan, simultaneously ...
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What would happen if one side in a trial called the other side's sole attorney to the stand?

Would they have to cross-examine themselves, and if so, how?
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If a lawyer stuffs up providing non-legal services, is their stance as a lawyer affected?

Luke is a lawyer, but he also provides services which do not require any professional license whatsoever. Like, for example, software development, or registered agent. One day, providing such services,...
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HELP!!! Court order for a DMCA counter notice [closed]

I was reposting someone's AI pictures without permission and Twitter removed them so I filled a counter notice saying it's AI. The next day I got this email from Twitter. What does it mean and what ...
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Are prisoners who are doing time allowed to act as a lawyer, or to practise law in any capacity?

I was watching the TV series The Rookie and in season 3 episode 8, an inmate called Oscar Hutchinson is allowed out of prison under supervision to help with a case. The suspect is his daughter, ...
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Is it a good idea to combine vehicle loss claim with personal injury when hiring a lawyer?

A car accident results in a total loss and personal injury. Should my lawyer handle both or only the personal injury case? I figure that the benefit from the car claim cannot be improved by a lawyer. ...
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Are there major advantages to choosing personal injury lawyer from the car accident city?

If a car accident occurs in city X is there major reason to choose a personal injury lawyer from X? Or is it sufficient to be from the same state?
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What does a lawyer do if they know for absolute certain that their client is guilty?

Say that a person is accused of committing a crime, they either hire a lawyer or have one appointed to them. Some time later, the lawyer learns that their client most certainly committed the crime. ...
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Does spamming violate ethics rules for attorneys? [closed]

Fairly often, lawyers (or people claiming to be lawyers) post advertisements as answers on Law Stack Exchange questions. Sometimes they include an actual answer to the question (usually written by ...
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Is there any reason why American judges would be less capable of speaking English than British judges? [closed]

Every time I see video clips of judges sentencing very grave and dramatic crimes in the U.S., I seem to be struck by how ineloquent and sloppy with their language the judges are. They seem fully ...
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Is there any particular reason why barristers have to be self employed or is it purely customary?

Suppose Barry graduated law school and receives all of the necessary qualifications necessary to practice as a barrister, but doesn’t like the idea of being self employed or perhaps doesn’t have the ...
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What’s actually the difference between firms and chambers?

The classic answer is that chambers are more limited to office sharing and only provide clerks. But this is clearly not the case as chambers often provide websites as well with getaways allowing one ...
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In the USA, is there any difference in the scope and meanings of the terms lawyer and attorney?

Or are they fully anonymous and interchangeable? It seems to me that they are, while lawyer is simply the more colloquial and less formal term.
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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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What are lawyers who work with FCC regulations called?

I have a question about FCC regulations, and would like an answer from a lawyer. How would I find a lawyer familiar with this topic?
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Why do lawyers write contracts with language that is more difficult to understand than other works?

The recent Ig Nobel Prize Winning work "Poor writing, not specialized concepts, drives processing difficulty in legal language" by Martínez, Mollica, and Gibson demonstrates that contracts ...
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Why don't courts punish time-wasting tactics?

Inspired by the lawsuit filed amidst an ongoing controversy in the chess world. In brief, one player (Carlsen) accused another (Niemann) of cheating, and Niemann filed a defamation lawsuit against ...
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Do lawyers have to hold disputed funds in trust account pending litigation?

Alice sued Bob and won. Bob filed an appeal and a motion/application for a stay of the payment he now owed to Alice pending the appeal. The stay was declined. Alice's lawyer demanded payment into his ...
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What is the significance of “moral turpitude”?

Ellis, Chesebro and Powell have all asked the court to state their crimes were not ones of “moral turpitude”. What is the significance of that expression and why is it so important to them?
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Powell Plea Deal Consequences

Given Sidney Powell's plea deal: https://apnews.com/article/sidney-powell-plea-deal-georgia-election-indictment-ec7dc601ad78d756643aa2544028e9f5 The article indicates consequences: As part of the ...
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Can a US govt lawyer become judge?

Can a person who has an attorney-client relationship with the US Government (typically, an licensed lawyer employed by the govt) ethically become a judge in the US? If so, how is the apparent conflict ...
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Can a government lawyer's duty of loyalty be ended in Canada?

I assume the following: A lawyer employed by the Government of Canada (GC) has an attorney-client relationship with GC. The "attorney" is the lawyer, the "client" is "...
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California: "For quality assurance, this phone call is being recorded" Can I record them without consent then [duplicate]

In California, it is illegal to record phone calls without the consent of all parties involved. However, I called a corporate office and it says that "this call may be recorded for quality ...
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Where do lawyers keep themselves updated with some specific laws?

Laws don't update often, unlike software, but we do see some of them update for many reasons. Let's say someone asked questions here, or someone visited this site, found a pretty good answers with ...
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Unpacking "If they have a question for the lawyers, they've got to go outside and the grand jurors can ask questions." from former US Fed. prosecutor

I need help understanding in plain language the last few sentences of the following exchange between CNN's anchor Dana Bash and CNN's Chief Legal Analyst (and former federal prosecutor) Laura Coats in ...
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Can a self-represented defendant call oneself as a witness? [duplicate]

You see this occassionally in comedy films and I have to wonder how legal it is. If I act as my own lawyer at a trial, can I call myself to the stand as a witness? Can I refuse to answer my own ...
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Can political parties becoming public?

Can political parties become public? For example, could the Democrat and Republican parties in the US carry out initial public offerings (IPOs), listing shares on NASDAQ and NYSE?
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What kind of lawyer should I contact after not receiving the service which I paid for?

I went to a courier company to pick up my package and not only was my package not released (in spite of me having all the legal documents) when I pressed for an explanation I was asked to leave the ...
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Personal Misconduct That May Result in a Lawyer's Censure or Disbarment

Is there some type of Code of (Personal) Conduct that lawyers in the United States must abide by under the penalty of either censure of disbarment? What personal kinds of personal misconduct might ...
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Why do municipalities keep laws on the books that are invalid?

Why do some municipalities keep laws on the books that are not valid? For example, what if municipal law violates state law (for example, due to the state law having preemption) -- is it up to the ...
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Are DAs and other prosecutors prohibited from being defense attorneys, such as in a pro bono fashion?

If you're a lawyer accepting a job at a DA's office or if you otherwise become a prosecutor, would you be prevented from privately representing clients as a criminal defense attorney? For example, ...
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Does one's "lawyer license" need to be regularly renewed?

Say that Bob passes the bar exam. Then he goes to a mountain and becomes a hermit for X years. When he comes back, is he still allowed to be a lawyer? Or does his "law license" require ...
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Why is it considered unethical for a barrister to communicate with another side or even their own client, directly?

Obviously there are exceptions to this provision, like ones who are "direct access"-licensed, but why does that in itself even require special licensing qualifications to be permitted? And ...
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If a witness asks for their lawyer during a trial, how is it handled?

A criminal trial is going on. Andy the Attorney asks Walter the Witness some questions. After a while, Walter realizes he's been an idiot, and says he wants his Lawyer Larry. How does the court ...
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How does Australia split its legal profession?

I just got an interesting edit suggestion to my recent question by someone who just registered (perhaps for the purpose of this edit suggestion). It proposes that "lawyer" is replaced with &...
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Why did Christopher Tran warn Judge Kelly about the Minister for Immigration's power to cancel Djokovic's visa?

I find this detail in the recent Novak Djokovic's Australian visa saga quite interesting. On Monday, 10 January 2022, when Judge Kelly delivered his decision to reinstate Djokovic's visa, Christopher ...
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Are attorneys discouraged/disallowed from having therapists?

Lawyers defend many genuine criminals who, after being freed, would go on to continue to commit terrible criminal acts. I would imagine that it is a profession that is extremely taxing on one's mental ...
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Is an attorney allowed to turn on their client?

Inspired by Yakuza Judgement. Say that Andy the Attorney is potentially representing Dave the defendant. But while they talk, Andy finds Dave to be a repulsive human being who's obviously guilty of ...
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Can the prosecution fight for the defendent's innocence?

Bob is accused of a crime (let's say murder). Bob is a self-hating man who wants to be punished. He admits to the crime, and hires a lawyer to push forth his guilty plea. The prosecution, however, ...
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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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Is it a valid attorney strategy to make statements, even if they will be striken from the record?

Similar to how, in football/soccer, players strategically go for fouls because they're effective. Is it common practice for an attorney to bring up inadmissable evidence/points that, even though they ...
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Legal "we": when is it appropriate to use "we" in legal correspondence?

Similarly to how a party's representative is often referred to in the third person as "solicitors," it seems often that in legal submissions and other correspondence, individual solicitors ...
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How is a wealthy criminal expected to get a good lawyer?

Say Carl the criminal is a bad guy who's rich. One day, he gets caught. They confiscate his phone and lock him up and deny bail. How is Carl supposed to find a good lawyer? He's locked up and doesn't ...

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