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Many Types of Attorneys

Jun 6, 2008
Attorneys are individuals who have trained in legal matters; some people refer to them as attorneys or advocates, sometimes as legal advisors. The term advocate is used when a lawyer acts on behalf of the person he is representing in a courtroom; although they are all licensed to represent parties in court, some appear in court more frequently than others. There is a slightly different set of circumstances if they provide legal counsel, when they are referred to as legal advisors; clients use them for suggestions on available courses of action relating to legal issues which affect them.

Attorneys specializing in courtroom procedure are called trial lawyers; this does not appeal to everyone because it requires fast thinking plus a confident manner, and those who prefer to carry out his work are paid very well.Trial lawyers spend the majority of their time outside the courtroom; they perform their own investigations into the case in addition to other trial procedures including talking to witnesses.

It is difficult to get away from the law in any of its aspects; this is why lawyers have their own set of laws they must abide, to be above reproach. 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.

Today's life and law is becoming ever more complex creating new subject areas for the attorneys to practice in; such as: Constitutional Law, Health Issues, Contract Law, Divorce Law and Fraud. The need to practice every area of law in a courtroom is minimal! Environmental law for instance employs experts who will represent private, government and individuals; a few examples are listed here: Public-Interest Groups, Federal Agencies and Oil Companies.

It is not all glamour though as much of the work involves resolving land disputes, planning licenses and land administration; although they may also be called upon to challenge or defend other civil actions.

Of course one of the cleaner areas that attorneys are involved with is intellectual property rights; it covers digital images, songs and videos; in fact anything that is available on the internet. Legal departments within insurance companies also employ specialist lawyers; they investigate the legality of insurance transactions, writing insurance policies to conform with the law and protect companies from false claims.

Most attorneys work in the private sector working on criminal or civil law; persons charged with crimes are represented by criminal lawyers on both sides one for the defense and one for the prosecution; civil law assists clients experiencing litigation problems with wills, trusts, contracts, mortgages, titles, and leases for example.

Many individuals prefer very high profile, "public interest cases" both criminal and civil; this can be where a large company or government body may be involved with actions that have affected the general public. Still other lawyers use their skills working for non-profit organizations and other charitable bodies; they help to look after the legal rights of disadvantaged and less fortunate people around the world.
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