WHAT DO LAWYERS DO? AND WHERE?

All lawyers are not alike. They can work in various capacities such as legal and non-legal. Also, they specialize in private areas. Moreover, lawyers do not usually go to trial to win the case as you can watch in movies or on TV. Generally speaking, there are two areas where they usually specialize in:

1. Legal Specializations
Some lawyers specialize in a particular area, the other – in trial law (civil or criminal). They can also help clients who seek to reverse or to uphold lower court decisions, bankruptcy law, tax law, trusts and estates, corporate law, environmental law, intellectual property, communication law, elder law, employment and labor law, entertainment law, health care law, education law, international law, etc. The list of is almost endless.

2. Legal Settings
Lawyers also work in a variety of settings. Some of them are described below.
Private Practice:
The lawyers work in private practice as solo practitioners, in small or “boutique” law firms, in firms that have several hundred lawyers. As usual, they join firms as “associates” and work toward becoming “partners.” Life at a large law firm is influenced by “billable hours.”
In-House:
“In-house” work means that lawyers are employed by a single client or a large corporation. Large companies usually hire one or more lawyers to go through more specific issues. For example, one supervises litigation, another addresses the company’s employment issues, a third lawyer tries to influence legislation related to the company’s business. Also, if in-house lawyers represent only one client, they are not beholden to the “billable hour.”
Government:
The federal government also hire lawyers for different tasks. There are District attorneys, State Attorney Generals, and federal prosecutors who work at the Department of Justice here in D.C. and at U.S. Attorney’s Offices throughout the country and public defenders who represent those who cannot afford an attorney. All of the government representatives also work for the Office of Homeland Security the Environmental Protection Agency, the Security Exchange Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Similarly, the United States Congress offer many opportunities for lawyers to help pass legislation.
Academia:
Lawyers teach in law schools and colleges. Many of the lawyers get teaching experience first by working as a professor. At the same time they may also work elsewhere full time.

Only some of the legal settings were mentioned in this article. If you want to know more information on the topic, please, visit the link below:

http://www.nalp.org/what_do_lawyers_do

NYC car crash kills 5

An automobile involved in a single-vehicle crash took the lives of five people, including two children. It happened near the Van Wyck Expressway in the Queens borough of NY. 

An SUV flipped over before bursting into flames after it smashed into a concrete pillar, killing three women and two children. The vehicle ended up to a mangled mess.

The driver, with another passenger and a child, were hospitalized.

The witnesses told the Daily News that the vehicle was speeding and blew through two red lights.

“All I saw was headlights,” Ryan Jardine, 24, a motorist traveling north, told the News. “She ran the light, almost hit us and then hit the pole.”

He also added: “We saw the car just hit the pole and it went into a somersault.” “It just started flipping. It was horrible.”

All three women were declared dead, as were an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

Firefighters extricated victims with jaws-of-life tools while putting out the fire.

No identifications have been released.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/22/nyc-car-crash-kills-5-including-2-children/

Divorce Rate Falls

United States of America has a very high divorce ratio of 4.19%. It is absolutely clear that the main course of divorce in society is Materialism. Moreover, nobody wants to spend their money on somebody else, even on wives.

Still, you can hear it every day that one in two marriages fails. It is more like an epidemic. But compared to such countries as Aruba, they with the second highest divorce ratio of 5.27%, and Russian Federation with the number one divorce rate of 5.3%, we can admit we are not that bad.

Generally speaking, the picture is not complete. The divorce rate is actually falling in America, thanks to economic changes. The highest rate in divorce came in the postwar period, particularly the 1970s, a time when women entered the workforce in large numbers.

Two-Income Family Model

Betsy Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business says that in the mid 50’s everything was just as different. The advantage of marriage came from men being in the workforce, while women specialized in home-making.

Stevenson, an assistant professor of business and public policy, says that nowadays women entered the workforce more. However, the marriages with less stark specialization are much more preferred.

In other words a lot of people prefer to marry the right person for the old model of marriages. After all, it is possible to say we are getting better and the two-income family model prevails.

You may find some additional information here: http://www.top10best.net/2012/03/01/top-10-countries-with-the-highest-divorce-ratio/

Home Alone: Family Law

Everybody understands that it is always wrong to leave an infant home alone while you are out. There is no way you can even do that. And it does not matter even if you out for a quick run, let us say, to the store. But how do we know when a child is old enough?

It’s already known that there aren’t many laws to guide parents who are unsure if their children are old enough to stay home alone. Just imagine! 15 million children in the United States are home alone after school every day…

State Laws on When a Child is Old Enough to be Alone

Some state laws vary quite a bit, some don’t. For example, Texas does not set a minimum age of a child to able to stay home alone. Others, such as Oregon, set a minimum age of 10 years. In Maryland it is not allowed to leave a child under the age of 8 alone at home or even in a car. There are also states where a minimum age is set for babysitters as well. Anyway, it is always better to contact the state department of health if you are not sure about the law in your state. By the way, it is always the right decision to contact the child services agency for information on that.

Parents Must Supervise Their Children

You are responsible for supervising your child. You cannot simply leave your child home alone. What if something happens, such as a fire or an injury? Of course, you might get a visit from the police. In many states, child neglect is a crime. Usually it is a misdemeanor. Guess what happens next? Right! You could even go to jail if you’re found guilty. So there’s always a way to solve the problem. Make sure that a child who is left home alone is prepared for emergencies.

Family Lawyer Can Help

The law of leaving a child home alone is complicated and when something goes wrong it gets even more complex. And if you have any questions you should definitely contact a family law lawyer.

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Bangladeshi Man Tried To Blow Up New York Federal Reserve

In a resent article on Forbes’ website an interesting case has been posted. Fortunately, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man, tried unsuccessfully to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank on Wednesday morning.

It poses too many questions: does anybody pushed him to do that or was that his own initiative?

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000 pound bomb in New York’s financial district, but he was arrested by law enforcement as part of a sting and no one was ever in any danger.

To know more info, go to: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2012/10/17/feds-arrest-bangladeshi-man-who-tried-to-blow-up-new-york-federal-reserve/

 

Access to Family Member’s Facebook Account after They Pass Away

What exactly happens when a holder of Facebook account dies and the people who knew him or her well, such as family members, want to get access to their account?

According to a recently posted broadcast at Lawyers.com the host Matt Plessner interviews Editor in Chief Larry Bodine whether it is possible to gain access to a family member’s Facebook, Twitter or Flickr account after the person died.

Currently there are 1 billion Facebook accounts, 100 million Twitter accounts and 200 million LinkedIn accounts. And the people who have lost a member of their family are surprised when no access will be given as they contact a social media company!?

Avvo-LexBlog 2012 Legal Marketing Survey

If you think that law firms are not using social media and online advertising to help find new clients then you are mistaken.  According to the 2012 Legal Marketing Survey Report recently issued by Avvo and LexBlog:

  • 40% of those responding to the survey were Solo Practitioners; 40% worked at firms with between 2-9 lawyers;
  • 60% of survey respondents plan to spend more time marketing in 2012 than in previous years;
  • 24% of the respondents spent 75% of their marketing budgets online. My guess is that Google received most of that benefit;
  • In addition to practicing law, 77% were also responsible for their own business development and 54% use social marketing tools to grow their business;
  • LinkedIn (72%) and Facebook (50%) were the two most popular social media channels;
  • There was not a significant difference in age between those spending time and money online and using social media than those who did not;
  • 56% said they read and follow blogs to grow their professional development;
  • Respondents belief that the key to marketing success is to connect online but to develop relationships offline such as at speaking events and conferences;
  • Clients are becoming much smarter. They no longer simply rely on offline referrals do their own research online before hiring a lawyer;
  • The rise in smart phone usage is also changing the way that clients find and contact lawyers;