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UNIT 1 – INTRO TO LAW. Section 3: Lawyers. When do you need a lawyer?. It depends on the individual and situation Not all disputes need lawyers involved or even go to trial. Solving Disputes. Step 4 Arbitration. Step 3 Mediation Introduction Telling the Story

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unit 1 intro to law

UNIT 1 – INTRO TO LAW

Section 3: Lawyers

when do you need a lawyer
When do you need a lawyer?
  • It depends on the individual and situation
  • Not all disputes need lawyers involved or even go to trial
solving disputes
Solving Disputes
  • Step 4
    • Arbitration
  • Step 3
    • Mediation
      • Introduction
      • Telling the Story
      • Identify positions and interests
      • Identify alternative solutions
      • Revising and discussing solutions
      • Reaching an agreement
  • Step 1
    • Informal Talk
  • Step 2
    • Negotiation
      • Less Formal
      • Just the disputants settle things
      • Not legally binding
  • Step 5
    • Court Action
      • More formal
      • Many people involved
      • Enforced by the courts
what to ask a lawyer
What to ask a lawyer?
  • What is the lawyer’s fee?
  • Will there be a written fee agreement?
  • Has the lawyer ever handled cases like yours before?
  • Will the lawyer provide you with copies of all correspondence and documents prepared on your behalf?
  • Will the lawyer keep you informed of any new developments in your case and talk to you in “plain English”?
lawyer fees
Lawyer Fees
  • Retainer - down payment on the total fee.
  • Contingency fee – percentage of whatever amount the client wins/settles for.
working with a lawyer
Working with a lawyer
  • Attorney-client privilege
    • Whatever you tell your attorney about your case is private and confidential. Information can not be disclosed to anyone without your permission.
  • A good attorney will give you advice
    • You must make the final decision
  • An attorney’s job is to help you understand what is going on
    • So that you can make an informed decision
    • You should ask questions to clarify
lawyer code of ethics
Lawyer Code of Ethics
  • A lawyer should assist in maintaining the integrity and competence of the legal profession
  • A lawyer should assist the legal profession in fulfilling its duty to make legal counsel available.
  • A lawyer should assist in preventing the unauthorized practice of law.
  • A lawyer should preserve the confidences and secrets of a client.
  • A lawyer should exercise independent professional judgment on behalf of a client.
  • A lawyer should represent a client completely.
  • A lawyer should represent a client zealously within the bounds of the law.
  • A lawyer should assist in improving the legal system.
  • A lawyer should avoid the appearance of professional impropriety.
dismissing a lawyer
Dismissing a lawyer
  • You may discharge your lawyer if you are not satisfied
    • Once in court, a judge will permit this change only for a very good reason.
a lawyers job defense or prosecution
A lawyers’ job: Defense or Prosecution

Defense

Prosecution

  • Protect the rights of the convicted individual
  • Prove the defendant to be innocent of charges
  • Attempt to get lowest punishment for the defendant
  • Protect the rights of the wronged/harmed individual
  • Prove the defendant to be guilty of charges
  • Attempt to get the strongest punishment for the convicted individual
lawyer vocab
Lawyer Vocab.
  • Disbarred – license to practice law is revoked
    • Violation of standards of conduct
    • May be reprimanded, suspended, or disbarred
    • Once disbarred, a lawyer no longer has a license to practice law
  • Legal malpractice– attorney lawsuit for serious errors that result in injury or loss to a client.
    • Filed by the client against their lawyer.