Picking a lawyer

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Without a legal background, it is often difficult to tell the difference between one attorney and the nex

Before you have a doctor cut you open, don't you want to take the time to know a little about him--about his education, about his experience, about his reputation?" Link says. "I always recommend talking to friends, colleagues, other professionals and getting recommendations from them. And then when you start talking to [prospective] lawyers, always ask them about their experience, what they've done--and why they're holding themselves out as competent attorneys. "People assume that just because someone's a lawyer, they know what they are talking about. But the truth is, that's so far from reality," he says. In the old days, says Link, it was a lot easier. "When I first started, this one lawyer had a business card that read 'Miscellaneous lawyer,' which basically meant he did everything--civil, corporate, defending a murder case," Link says. "But those days are gone. We are in an era of specialization.

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Recommendations

Never pick a lawyer based on a television ad. The "Bulldog" and the "Strongarm" might be great if you are looking to hire a professional wrestler or a repo man, but they tend not to impress a judge. And honestly, if you're the kind of person that is impressed by that kind of bluster and ambulance chasing, you're probably not going to be reading this article, but just in case you're tempted-don't be. The only sure thing you are getting for your money from these lawyers is bad acting-another thing that usually doesn't go over too well in court. The second "never" is never hire a lawyer from a phonebook ad. Same general principles apply with the ad-the flashy phone book ads have about zero correlation with quality lawyering. Now, certainly, every lawyer is in the phone book, so, unlike television ads, random choices from the phonebook could very well lead you to a good lawyer. The reason you never want to proceed this way is that there are simply much better ways to go

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Never pick a lawyer based on a television ad

Never pick a lawyer based on a television ad. The "Bulldog" and the "Strongarm" might be great if you are looking to hire a professional wrestler or a repo man, but they tend not to impress a judge. And honestly, if you're the kind of person that is impressed by that kind of bluster and ambulance chasing, you're probably not going to be reading this article, but just in case you're tempted-don't be. The only sure thing you are getting for your money from these lawyers is bad acting-another thing that usually doesn't go over too well in court. The second "never" is never hire a lawyer from a phonebook ad. Same general principles apply with the ad-the flashy phone book ads have about zero correlation with quality lawyering. Now, certainly, every lawyer is in the phone book, so, unlike television ads, random choices from the phonebook could very well lead you to a good lawyer.

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Many attorneys offer an initial consultation free of charge.

Many attorneys offer an initial consultation free of charge. Take advantage of this. Use the meeting to determine whether the attorney is honest and forthcoming. Instinctively, some people have the ability to determine an individual's character within a few minutes of interacting with the person; however, there are a few personality traits that can also tip you off. For example, is the lawyer looking you in the eye when speaking with you, or is he or she looking at the ground? Remember, people who don't maintain eye contact usually have a problem with the truth. Also, ask what kind of cases he or she has litigated in the past. If the majority of the attorney's work has been defending the dregs of society, the attorney (while perhaps a great litigator) may be used to bending the rules to get things done.

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Your goal is to find a lawyer with whom you are comfortable

Your goal is to find a lawyer with whom you are comfortable as both a person and a professional. Your case may involve very personal information and your lawyer will often need to know confidential details about you, your family and your finances to be effective in helping you. One of the best ways to find a lawyer is to seek a recommendation from people whose opinions you respect: an employer, lawyer at your workplace, teacher, minister, doctor, relative, neighbor or friends. The nature of your legal problem will help define the type of lawyer you will want to hire. Often lawyers have one or more specialties, and you want to make sure your lawyer has experience in your type of case. The lawyer who did a terrific job with your friend's divorce may not have the expertise to take on your auto accident injury matter.

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Many laws are complex and frequently change

The law can be very complicated and lawyers are trained to deal effectively with these complexities. In Nevada, a lawyer must have attended a state-accredited law school, be licensed by the state Supreme Court, and must abide by strict rules of legal procedure and ethics. In some cases, a lawyer may agree that you can do some of the work yourself (like making certain telephone calls and obtaining documents), to save you money, while he/she handles the more complicated aspects of your case. Many laws are complex and frequently change. Lawyers are trained to explain the law, provide legal assistance, and be aware of court procedures, filing requirements, deadlines and other details that a non-lawyer could easily overlook.

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Experience

Experience Make sure that any lawyer you're considering has adequate experience, not only in law, but also in the specific cases of your type. In addition, make sure that he has adequate trial experience. Many lawyers don't actually try lawsuits. Reputation It is important to research the past work of an attorney. Check with past clients, colleagues, and judges and look for press coverage of past cases. In addition, you can search peer-review online databases such as martindale.com Education Check to make sure that your lawyer graduated from an accredited law school. The American Bar Association maintains a list of law schools it has approved on its website. Personality Legal matters can be very personal in nature. Make sure that you connect on a personal level with your lawyer. If you don't get along with your attorney, it will be difficult to work with him effectively.

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Howard Roitman, Esq. 8921 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89117 (702) 647-8550

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The Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Nevada

The reason people hire trial lawyer, strangely a subject one does not see much about in the articles.

arbitration awards, even ones with glaring errors on their face, are not subject to judicial scrutiny

extreme and outrageous conduct

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