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Lawyers. Commercial. Hahahaha. Q: What is the difference between a lawyer and a bucket of pond scum?. A: The Bucket!. Hahahaha. Q: Do you know how to save a drowning lawyer? A: Take your foot off his head. Hahahaha.

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  • Q: What is the difference between a lawyer and a bucket of pond scum?
  • A: The Bucket!
  • Q: Do you know how to save a drowning lawyer?
  • A: Take your foot off his head
  • Q: If you are stranded on a desert island with a lawyer, Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden and you have a gun with only two bullets, what do you do?
  • A: Shoot the lawyer twice!
do you need a lawyer
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You hit another car in a parking lot. Your insurance agent indicates that the company will pay for bodily injury and property damage
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Do you need a lawyer?
  • You borrow a friend’s car without his knowledge, and he reports it to the police as stolen
do you need a lawyer2
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You buy a new stereo for $300. One month later, the receiver and speakers blow out. You return to the store and the salespersons tell you they are sorry, but their stereos have only a two-week guarantee.
do you need a lawyer3
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You decide to trade in your old car and buy a new one
do you need a lawyer4
Do you need a lawyer?
  • Two friends are caught robbing a local store and they name you as the one who helped plan the robbery
do you need a lawyer5
Do you need a lawyer?
  • The principal suspends you from school for two days because of an article you wrote for the student paper criticizing the school dress code
do you need a lawyer6
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You are turned down when you apply for a job. You think you were rejected because you are deaf.
do you need a lawyer7
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You do not want your family to inherit the $10,000 you have saved. Told you will die within a year, you want the money to be used for cancer research.
do you need a lawyer8
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You and your spouse find you can no longer get along. You want a divorce
do you need a lawyer9
Do you need a lawyer?
  • You earn $5,000 working in a restaurant during the year. You want to file your federal income tax return.
so what are they good for
So, what are they good for?
  • Attorney: One who is legally appointed to transact business on another’s behalf
  • Common legal issues:
    • Buying or Selling a home or other real estate
    • Organizing a Business
    • Changing your family status
    • Making a will/Planning an estate
    • Signing a Contract
    • Handling Accidents
    • Defending a Criminal Charge
    • Bringing a Lawsuit
  • Lawyers must pass a test in order to become a member of the State Bar Association
    • Known as the “Bar Exam”
    • Violation of the standards of conduct will result in disbarment.
  • Many lawyers will allow for a free consultation
  • A retainer is a down payment on the total fee.
    • Most charge by the hour, include court costs and filing fees
    • Contingency Fee: A percentage of what the client wins in the case
      • Most common for person injury
      • Normally about 1/3 of amount awarded to client
attorney client privilege
Attorney-Client Privilege
  • Any information told to your attorney is confidential
    • Even after death
  • Wral Article
i ve been wronged
I’ve been wronged!
  • Clients with problems will report to the State Bar Association.
  • Legal Malpractice: Lawyers are sued by clients for serious errors
  • Disputes are handled by official panels which issue opinions
most lawyers do not go to court
Most lawyers do not go to court!
  • They meet with clients at their office, write paperwork etc.
    • Litigators: lawyers that do go to court
pro bono free
“Pro Bono”=Free
  • Public Defenders: Defend those charged with crimes that cannot afford a lawyer
  • Legal Aid: Provide other legal services for those without a lot of money
    • Most work for private practice!!!