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wbnefcahmyha : How exactly are they paid? I know it's by the hour, but how do they count up the hours of work they did? Also, do they get more money if they win the case?

In court, are they the one who questions the witnesses, and other people on the stand, or does the judge to that?



How hard is it to become a lawyer? What is the most exciting type of lawyer to become?
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tinacligath : Most attorneys bill by the hour. Some do not.

F. Lee Bailey, for example, before agreeing to take on a case, would ask the accused to detail his assets. If the assets were sufficient, they served as payment for Bailey. This often included houses, cars, stocks and other investments. Bailey justified the "rate" by essentially promising to keep the client from the death penalty.

Attorneys who bill by the hour keep copious records of how their time was spent. They use sheets that are broken into quarter-hours (usually) and record what they did and for whom.

Some attorneys have set rates for doing certain things. Some attorneys will file an uncontested divorce (no kids, division of assets agreed to without problems) for a flat fee. Same thing with bankruptcy.

Attorneys who take on cases for damages will often waive fees in exchange for a third of the proceeds. If you sue someone in a wrongful death action (civil) and you are awarded $5 million, the attorney would get a third of that and perhaps expenses, if that was agreed to earlier.

Personal injury lawyers work like that. They are the ones you see on t.v. saying "Hurt in a wreck? Call me! If you don't get paid, I don't get paid!" Their staffs review the cases and make sure there's big money before they agree to represent the injured party.

In a courtroom proceeding, the lawyer(s) question witnesses. If you go to court representing your own self, you can question witnesses too. The judge is always free to ask questions, as well, if s/he decides to.

To become an attorney in the U.S., you must first complete a four-year college degree. Most people who want to go to law school often have undergrad degrees in history, English, American studies,etc. but a specific degree is not required.

Law school admission is fairly competitive. You must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), have good grades, excellent recommendations and a solid interview. Law school is three brutal years.

After law school, you must sit for the bar exam and pass it before you are can practice law. Each state licensed attorneys. You must be licensed in each state where you want to practice.

I don't think the law is "exciting." It is incredibly cerebral and requires a life of reading and study. I'm think many attorneys love the law and their careers. But I don't think that a lot of the stuff you see on t.v. is in fact part of the daily life of a lawyer.
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AssibAddilm : i had allready negotiated a settlement (michigan)with the insurance company,and the jerk x employer disputed it saying it never happened at work.so the judge set a mediation hearing,and they didnt show.(a 3 hour each way drive for me)i have the trial in less than 2 months now and the mediator set another date in the middle to see if they would show.the insurance companies lawyer said actually that personally he didnot disbelieve me,yet he would feel bad if i drove again all the way for them not to show up again.my attry said he knows who the judge is and wasnt going to supeana any of my witness list because he didnt think it would be ness.is it in my favor for them to keep it up,as it would upset the judge?if they didnt show for trial,would the judge grant me full redemption on it?ive recovered now and am waiting to go to texas to take a new job after this is over.im just stressed cause im in the entertainment industry and they are tryin to blackball me on the side.
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exacuutneak : It depends on the reasons why they no-showed. Also, they may think their case is so strong, they aren't interested in settling and are willing to take their chances in court.
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reteAmeli : Generally failure to show will mean the person failing to show consents to whatever action is taken. The only way to overcome that is if it can be shown there was cause and that they notfied the court as soon as possible. (ie bad car wreck and currently in a comma) Absent that standard generally the court will issue a judgement in your favor and he'll lose all rights to appeal.
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remsdrund : Good for you unless the plaintiff is tied up in your basement.
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Rachel_Colorado : I was convicted for my second dui in los angeles county.
While in custody the lawyer promised release on my court date if we hired him.
Well we did hire him and he did a terrible job on the stand and i did not get released when he said i would.
... Then weeks after he is still doing a terrible job with not informing me important information on my case and not returning my calls.
My family paid 3000 dollars on this idiot. Is there any way i could get refunded and how should i go about this?
i appreciate any help i can get on this matter. thanks!
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teesmarne : The "Fannio" idiot that answered is correct. All lawyers are scumbags so there's no guarantee that the next scumbag lawyer will deliver.
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theomarttesi : You can try filing an official complaint with your state's bar association. Before you do that, find the bar association's Website and see if it allows you to look up member attorneys' records to see if he has been disciplined in the past. You can also Google or otherwise search his name and maybe locate published reports of prior misconduct. I make this suggestion because without the promise you stated being in the written contract, there isn't much the bar association can do to sanction your attorney and compel him to repay your money. Also try the site below for background info.
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sonNeabyPoone : He did the work.

You're just not happy with the outcome. No outcome is guaranteed. If he put in the hours then he gets paid for them.


You can file a complaint with the local BAR Association against the lawyer. But that is no guarantee that he will give you a refund but they will look into your complain. BAR complaints are taken very seriously.

In the mean time, read the retainer you signed. I suspect no where in there does it guarantee a specific outcome on your charges.
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