What do we call the lawyers who defend other lawyers before the state Bar and how does one find them? (I'm currently going to go with "not through the state bar association.") [more inside]
On my tax forms, do I report the $$ from this transaction (a refund, essentially, very little) as money from a "lawsuit" even if no court papers were filed? [more inside]
I need recommendations for a divorce lawyer and/or a divorce mediator in PDX. A few details inside. [more inside]
Our lawyer, who is amazing and awesome, told me this morning she was considering bidding at the same auction we will bid at this weekend. She hadn't realised until we sent her the contract to look over. Obviously this is a conflict of interest, and my first reaction was that we should find a new lawyer, but on more careful reflection I'm failing to think of how it could really matter. What could actually go wrong here? [more inside]
I need an expert real estate advisor to help me figure out how to deal with my horrible mortgage. Is this person a real estate lawyer or someone else? And do you have a recommendation for a great real estate lawyer/other expert who practices in the Atlanta, GA area? [more inside]
I sold my car to a Nissan dealership last Monday, November 10 for $22,000. At the time I owed $15,276.47 to Nissan Finance. I checked my account there today and now I owe $15,284.80, so the loan is still not paid off and it's still accumulating interest. Also, it's been five days and I haven't gotten a check for the $6,723.53 remaining after the loan payoff. [more inside]
I'm researching Teach for America as an organization, and I was wondering if there are any lawsuits against them by former corps members currently in the works.
I'm trying to get to the bottom of something that happened over the weekend -- to nutshell, was cuffed and placed in a holding cell and charged with an OWI. Never been in trouble before. Looking for a lawyer, but seem to either be told that they have fees that I could never afford to pay, or that they can get me into a diversion program which I'm pretty sure is offered to first time offenders anyway. Help? Details behind cut. [more inside]
Hi all, When I was 10, I took stomach drug called Propulcid, which gave me permanent Epilepsy. I am now 26 and want to sue the makers, but the statute of limitations in Maryland ended at age 21 (I'm 26 now). I want to sue, but given these limitations, no contingency-based lawyer will take my case. What can I do? Thanks!
I just left law after 18 years as a sole practitioner. I am burned out. I'm not very money oriented, more into helping people and socializing. I like work that has a beginning and end. I've never been a good employee. I thought that I would like to become a high school social science teacher and I now have a license to teach. I'm a 54 yo female. [more inside]
Yesterday, my partner slipped and fell while dropping our kid off at preschool. Every possible option about how to handle this makes me uneasy. You're not my lawyer, but that's okay, because my question is not if I can call I lawyer (or let my insurance company do the same), but whether I want to do that... [more inside]
I'm a solo practitioner and that means I have lots of marketers telling me I need their services. As in, dozens of emails a day, between five and ten calls a week. The sad part is I know I need to step up my marketing, but everyone who contacts just reeks of "scam". I am interested in finding was to get educated about this which don't trigger my scam alert instincts. [more inside]
Help! I keep getting calls from personal-injury lawyers, and I can't make them stop! [more inside]
MINML (metafilter is not my lawyer, but oh man, that would be one kick ass lawyer) Have you even been thru mediation with an ex-spouse over parenting plan stuff? If so, I have some basic quesitons...brief background below... [more inside]
If your lawyer refuses or ignores requests to return medical files or personal paperwork that was turned over to them but not used in any legal action . . . what's the next step? [more inside]
What kinds of lawyers are happiest? Personality types, practice areas, employer types -- or any other relevant factors. Anecdotal evidence welcome, although certainly non-anecdotal information would be great, too. [more inside]
I am a senior transactional associate at a big regional law firm in a secondary market. I am probably not going to make partner at my firm, I am really sick of caring about typos, and I'm burned out. What can I do with my life? [more inside]
Tell me all the secrets of voir dire. [more inside]
What are some common myths about the lawyer-client relationship? What common expectations from clients are unethical if the lawyer were to perform them? For example, loaning money to a client against a future settlement.
How can I find a good lawyer if I've never used one before? [more inside]
A few recommendations needed for a new resident of Milwaukee. [more inside]
Help me pick an amusing name for the not-so-amusing tendency of older lawyers to send their researchers on wide goose chases for half-remembered cases. [more inside]
My bosses misuse words in very official, very important documents. Can I do anything about this? [more inside]
A motor vehicle accident occurs in which one driver makes a left turn while another car is in the intersection, not giving the other car enough time to stop. The left-turn maker is cited at the scene and apologizes. His insurance company offers a certain amount as a settlement, minus 25% (~$1,000) for "comparable negligence", meaning the not-left-turn-maker was 25% responsible. Is it worth it to get a lawyer to argue/negotiate on the basis that 25% is a unfairly high determination of responsibility? [more inside]
Best way to get a law office to stop nickel-and-diming us to death, long after our case has been settled? [more inside]
Within specific geographic areas, do lawyers and judges really have secret nicknames given to them by cops and journalists (and each other) that are plays on their real names? Or do people do this in the industry in which you work? [more inside]
Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice?
Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice? [more inside]
Legal ethics filter: I work in the computer lab at a public library in the midwest. A patron comes in semi-regularly and shows me his Florida State Bar ID as proof of identity. He is almost always doing work with legal documents, and often has clients with him. The Florida State Bar says that he has been a member for about six months, but he's ineligible to practice law in the state of Florida. Am I under any obligation to contact the Florida State Bar (or some other regulatory association), since I'm not in Florida?
Off the top of your head, what are the potential pitfalls with a friend giving me a regular gift of money? [more inside]
What do judges do during trials aside from deciding on objections and keeping order in the court? I've been engrossed with the Conrad Murray trial and I've noticed the judge is almost always writing on a legal pad. What's he writing?
I either need to drop it or get a lawyer. Tell me which one. [more inside]
A friend of mine is lawyering up for the first time after a motorbike accident and has some questions about the whole affair - he's in Canberra, in Australia. [more inside]
How can I figure out if I would be able to collect a judgment against someone if I won a lawsuit (or negotiated a settlement in arbitration)? What are my chances of receiving any actual money if I were to win? [more inside]
Need to consult an Attorney - but which kind? [more inside]
A good friend of mine was recently engaged to be married... the fiance bailed shortly before the wedding day. However, some time previous to this she had taken out a home equity loan that was used to pay off his debts. He has so far continued to make the payments on the loan: what are her legal options for the future? [more inside]
If you're an attorney, I'm curious how you handle all the mundane contracts (such as Web site terms of service or software licenses) with which people are expected to comply these days? [more inside]
I am a successful professional woman, I want to date successful professional men, but they seem to want subservient types. Should I be looking for a subservient man? [more inside]
How do I select an attorney? [more inside]
I have reliable second hand information regarding the in-transit theft and subsequent sale of weapons in the SF Bay Area, I would like to present this information anonymously, preferably to the press. How do I best do this so as to protect myself and the source of this info? [more inside]
American movies/TV shows where opposing counsel are involved in a romantic relationship? Possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
How can I find a copy of an executed will from the 1960's? Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. [more inside]
Good News: I'm a 1L enrolled in a Top 20 law school. Bad News: I'm no longer sure I want to be a lawyer. [more inside]
Why have so many laywers stayed with WordPerfect? [more inside]
Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: If you were the captain of a golf team full of lawyers, what would you name your team?
My parents are both well into their eighties now with health failing just a little bit more each year. How do I prepare myself for their eventual death? [more inside]
I'm an attorney, admitted to the New York Bar in February, 2007. I've recently discovered that I did not complete the required number of CLE credits in my first year. How to I best rectify the error and what consequences can I expect to befall me? [more inside]
Estate disbursement question -- screwed? [more inside]
I am applying to take a state bar exam. The application asks "Have you ever been reprimanded, sanctioned, disciplined or suspended or expelled from a college, university, or law school?" I was kicked out of a summer "pre-college" program at a major university while I was in high school. Does this need to be disclosed? [more inside]
Mefi lawyers, how efficiently do you bill? On a day where you have no non-billable obligations, what's your ratio of hours billed to hours in the office (including lunch)? I'm at about 80% on a really good day, and I'm not sure if I should be aiming to improve that.
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