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What Do Lawyers Actually Do For Their Money?

Mar 29, 2008
Once fully trained in matters of the law and legal system, a person is called a lawyer; in America other names are also used for instance: advocate, legal advisor or the more popular, attorney. When a lawyer enters the courtroom to represent a client they are called an advocate; whilst they are able to appear in court to represent their clients some prefer this work more than others. Often they will just be required to give advice on law and then act as a legal advisor; clients use them for suggestions on available courses of action relating to legal issues which affect them.

One who primarily practices law in a courtroom is a trial lawyer; of particular importance in trial work is the ability to think quickly and speak with ease and authority.Trial lawyers spend the majority of their time outside the courtroom; much of the work involved is looking into the case with interviews, statements and evidence plus legal procedures to check and follow.

It is difficult to get away from the law in any of its aspects; it affects everyone's life from negotiating a house purchase to organizing a will and the reason why lawyers are governed by a very strict code of practice. Some areas of law are so highly specialized that legal representatives may never have to appear in a courtroom; although they are all licensed too represent in court when required.

Many areas of law now exist to meet the needs of a complex society; just a few examples are listed here: Bankruptcy,Insurance,International law, Personal Injury, Construction Law.

Considering the number of legal representatives there are, it is surprising just how many will never be required to attend a court of law!

The environment also as a branch of law where they might act on behalf of the government, private citizens or companies; some are shown below:

Construction Firms,State agencies,Oil Companies

These help clients prepare and file for licenses and applications for approval before certain activities may occur; they also represent clients' interests in administrative adjudications.

Some attorneys concentrate in the growing field of intellectual property rights; protecting clients' claims to copyrights, artwork under contract, product designs, and computer programs. Some lawyers who specialize in insurance law are employed in permanent positions within insurance companies; they investigate the legality of insurance transactions, writing insurance policies to conform with the law and protect companies from false claims.

The vast majority of attorneys work within the private sector where they can devote their energies to either criminal or civil law; criminal lawyers try cases or defend the accused party; whereas civil law deals with civil disputes, usually between two parties.

Another high profile legal position is in cases where the public interest is served; these cases may have an impact affecting communities in general, not just an individual, and can involve anything from government regulations to property interests. Lawyers who are endowed with a little more social conscience are the ones who work for charities and legal aid schemes; they help to look after the legal rights of disadvantaged and less fortunate people around the world.
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