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					Lawyers
                    Facts
• More than one million lawyers in the U.S.
• More than 70% work in private practice
• 10% work for government (federal, state, local
  agencies)
• 10% work for corporations, unions or trade
  associations
• Even smaller % are law professors, judges or
  elected officials.
• Most lawyers rarely go to court.
• Trial attorneys or litigators go to court.
• Lawyers provide: advice, drafting legal
  opinions, negotiating settlements, or
  otherwise providing out-of-court legal
  assistance.
    When Do You Need a Lawyer?
• Buying or selling a home or other real estate.
• Changing your family status (divorce, adoptions)
• Organizing a business
• Making a will or planning an estate.
• Handling accidents involving personal injury or
  property damage
• Signing a large or important contract
• Defending a criminal charge or bringing a civil suit.
  http://www.wsba.org/media/publications/pamphlets/l
  awyers.htm
• Bar Associations organization that license
  lawyers. Have services to help decide if you
  need a lawyer for a small fee or sometimes
  free.
• http://www.wsba.org/ Washington State Bar
  Association (click on for the public)
• http://www.martindale.com/xp/legal/About_
  Martindale/Our_History/our_history.xml
(Lists most lawyers in the U.S. and provides general information
   about education and professional experience of each lawyer)
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• Lawyers often require a retainer—a down
  payment on the total fee. Also, attorneys may
  charge clients for court costs, filing fees or
  other expenses.
• Contingency fee—percent of whatever the
  client wins or settles for in a case. Most
  common in personal injury case.
            Lawyer Conduct?
• Lawyers who violate standards of conduct may
  be reprimanded, suspended or disbarred (no
  longer has a license to practice law).
• Lawyers can be sued for serious errors that
  result in injury or loss. This type of case is
  known as a legal malpractice. Some state bar
  associations have panels to have arbitration
  which address client/attorney concerns.
        Want to be a Lawyer?
• Complete a college 4 year program
• Taking the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
• Completing Law School (3 year program)
• Passing the state-administered bar
  examination.
http://www.wsba.org/media/publications/pamp
  hlets/law-school.htm

				
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