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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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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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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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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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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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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 lawyer specialization needed to deal with obnoxious neighbors

I am the lucky one that is blessed with 2 obnoxious neighbors on either side of me. They are causing me all sort of issues. From property line wars to out right verbal harassments on a weekly/monthly ...
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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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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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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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What is the role of barristers?

A recent question apparently mischaracterises the role of a barrister as "merely to study their instructions and perhaps an exhibit bundle that is readily prepared from them and then to draw on ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is it common to provide evidence via email to a lawyer?

Do clients and attorneys typically communicate evidence via e-mail or cloud-based sharing services (i.e. One Drive or Dropbox)? If so, are these safe for confidential material? It this a common way to ...
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How do you get legal advice on a question from a lawyer?

It's common to respond to requests for specific legal advice on this site with something along the lines of "you need to hire a lawyer." I've said it myself. However, I'm not exactly sure ...
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How do lawyers unofficially and perhaps somewhat surreptitiously influence the content of laws and rules of proceure?

Justice John F. Molloy of Arizona wrote a book titled The Fraternity: Lawyers and Judges in Collusion that was published in 2004. Among things alleged in that book are that lawyers, in part because of ...
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Can my lawyer charge fees after termination? [duplicate]

I have asked my lawyer to withdraw from my case and stop communications to and from opposing counsel due to a clear lack of communication on my lawyers end. She has since sent her notice of withdrawal ...
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Not sure if it's worth hiring a lawyer because not sure if what happened was illegal

Something recently happened to me that I'm not sure was legal. To give a high level overview I was accused of something I didn't do. An internal investigation found me guilty. The investigation was ...
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Appealing a verdict due to the lawyers being incompetent and or failing to follow instructions?

Pretend there is a criminal court case against a defendant in England and Wales. The instructed solicitor from a firm, and barrister from a Chambers, do not follow the defendant's wishes regarding a ...
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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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Does the Vietnamese law prohibit non Vietnamese to work as lawyers in Vietnam?

Does the Vietnamese law prohibit non Vietnamese to work as lawyers in Vietnam? A "Vietnamese" for that matter is a citizen of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
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Is it always a good idea to instruct opposing lawyers to speak directly?

It is a common practice that opposing parties communicate via their lawyers rather than the parties communicating directly to each other. Besides saving the parties' time, what are the benefits and ...
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Is a lawyer allowed to follow a client's instructions to hide evidence?

The police arrested a suspect linked to sexual assaults. The police searched his home. It sounds like initially the search warrants were very limited in scope but they widened as things turned up. ...
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Can a client share legal advice from a lawyer?

Alice, Bob, and Chris have a conversation about doing XYZ, and the question of legality comes up --- none of them know whether or not XYZing is legal. Alice hires a lawyer and asks him; he says yes, ...
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Can an attorney give legal advice on a federal issue to an out-of-state client?

Can a lawyer in one state give advice to a client in another state if only federal law is relevant?
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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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lawyer's corruption

If a corrupted lawyer during a court case intentionally doesn't provide enough given information by his client to the judge, i.e. intentionally doesn't represent given information and loses the case, ...
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Are the attorney ratings on the website avvo.com reliable?

I am relying on the ratings on Avvo to determine who I should choose. Is it reliable?
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USPTO search says that a practitioner, Bob has status "agent", but his employer advertises him as a "patent attorney"

Bob is a patent practitioner, and works for a firm. The firm’s website lists him as a Senionr Attorney holding a J.D. However, according to a https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/practitionerSearchEntry ...
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Which state's laws apply to online defamation?

If a libelous statement is posted online, and the victim and offender are from different states, which state would be more pertinent to the defamation case? I.e. which state's defamation laws, statue ...
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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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Advantages of a law license other than the ability to practice law

The late Professor Charlotte Striebel was a lawyer if that term means one who is licensed to practice law, but not a lawyer if that term means one who does practice law. She worked for decades as a ...
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