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OBvallie : Is there a certain threshold that dictates what can or can't be answered by non-attorneys? To me, that notion is absurd. However, with clarification I may very well begin to understand...

For now, I'm totally befuddled, which started upon hearing that my last question, posed here, *requires* an attorney, that it's essentially impossible to find helpful answers to my question, here.

If you care, look at my last question, even though I expect that many will back the answerer without hesitation. In such a case, please tell me exactly how I'm wrong?

I don't deny that I'm ignorant, unintelligent, or whatever insults that can be thrown my way. I merely asked my last question, in hopes that someone was familiar enough to properly answer, but I was only met with a sense of rebuke (from 1 answer total). Next, I was hit with the claim that Y!A is NOT the place to ask for legal advice.

If this is true, should I completely disregard the dozens of answers I got previously? Doing so would not change much, WRT the law, at least. But in the future, I find that such an "analysis" would be an abomination to the legal process.

To be fair, I can never consider anyone's interpretation of the law to be 100% accurate, with attorneys being the only exception (implied by the answer in my last post), but also since we all know they are *never* wrong, ever.



Further, if the last answer is true, I'd feel compelled to contact an attorney for ALL legal matters. But this is purely hypothetical, since I (and my family) can barely afford the fees as is. I don't mean to be fallacious (slippery slope, e.g., here). Further, some will say I'm wrong, but I ask that you kindly explain specifically how this is so? Finally, is the answer to my last question the best I can hope for on here? That reliable legal advice simply can't be had in this forum? If so, please explain the threshold that dictates this?

Thanks, folks
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boottantajork : Uh, maybe because they went through years of college to learn about the law, and are actually currently working in the law? Or would you ask people with no medical experience how to do surgery? There is a reason those professionals are there
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engescues : I'm going to wager that legally, the state bar only allows professional lawyers to give legal advice. Everything else is weighed less than that.

Check out avvo.com though if you want a forum like this that is responded to by real lawyers.
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Joseph Qk : It's okay for anyone to answer a general question. If the answer requires specific knowledge of the specific case, then a visit to an attorney is in order.

"Is it illegal to drive drunk?" That's a question that is simple to answer. You don't need to be an attorney.

"I was stopped and blew .05. Will I be convicted"? Nobody can properly answer that, because laws vary by jurisdiction, and the exact specifics of the case can have a bearing. In some places at some times, the answer might be yes. In other places, at other times, the answer might be no. Only an attorney, aware of the specific laws, and informed of the exact procedures followed by the officer, can properly answer.
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Turammapeax : You do realize that, there are only a few folks on this board that are adults and can answer coherently, and they simply may not know the answer? The majority of yahoo answers are answered by 16 year olds.

So when someone says you might want to contact a lawyer it's because they can't give you a good answer, and your best bet *is* to contact a lawyer.
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HeteHailm : You prefaced your question with "I don't want opinions, I want actual legal answers" then you get upset when people are telling you that you'd need a lawyer for that?

Laws vary from state to state and even county to county. Unless the question is very broad (Is it legal to kill someone who disrespects me?) no one on hear will be able to give you an answer that would hold up in court. You'd need to contact a lawyer familiar with your state, county and town's laws, who would look for more information than what you've provided.

If you want to get factual legal answers to a specific question, talk to a lawyer. If you want opinions, trolls, and best guesses, go ahead and keep asking on here.
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Poendypyday : By law, not just opinion, only an attorney can give "real" legal advice. This site is for entertainment purposes, and nobody on here is your attorney. We don't have access to your case file, or your documentation, or anything else that would be required to give proper advice.

It isn't people blowing you off, it is law that only an attorney can actually advise you in legal matters.
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CarmenOA : You'll be much better off if you speak to a good personal injury lawyer. It's not something that you should just settle for your medical bills and a little extra.
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azikmanich : ask for $5,000 and see what they say, a minor concussion isn't worth much.
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sesActito : It is a trick question. And they are trying to drag it out. They're hoping that you will "want to close this case and move on with my life", and their hoping you will feel like you don't want to milk them.

That's there job. They aren't your friends. Their job is to pay you as little as possible.

Even if I knew how to estimate the amount, (which I don't), there's not enough information to do it. And, if I had that kind of knowledge, then I would want to get paid for it.

That's what a lawyer will do for you. He'll get paid out of the settlement, for the knowledge of knowing how much to ask for.

It's really no different then any other profession. A mechanic gets paid for knowing how to fix your car.

Without a lawyer, it's almost certain that your going to get several thousand less then you deserve. And you'll never even know it.
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