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I was watching the news on the night of August 17th 2011, which turned out to be one of the worst nights of my wife and I’s life. I saw that my son was a wanted felon. Our lives fell apart that night we did not know what to do. I called my brother, a 30 year Detective from New York. He told me that I needed to get a hold of my son and turn him in. I did finally get a hold of my son and convinced him that he needed to turn himself in or he would be dead very shortly either by the drugs he was on or by the police. The next morning happened to be the luckiest day of our lives. I was at work and Googled for a lawyer. Just by the pure grace of GOD I happened to see Suzuki Law Firm. I called and set up a day that we could bring in my son. The first thing he and his associates said to us that they understood what we were going thru and that they would do their very best to help us. I consider myself a good judge of character and the feeling of comfort they gave us was more than we thought we would ever get. The first thing RJ said to my son was he wanted to hear the truth and no BS. Which is what my son told him. Our hearts broke when we heard the complete story. Which I don’t think we would have ever heard if RJ wasn’t there. Mr. Suzuki did not give us any false pretenses at what my son was looking at. We were told he could be going away for a long time for what he had done, but they were going to do nothing less than their best to help us get our son back. Then they took him to the FBI office and did not see our son until for a few weeks in the Federal Court House. While awaiting trial RJ fought to have our son put into a halfway house RHI. Our son was there for nine months and passed with flying colors. Then came for the Pre Trial sentencing which RJ was a part of. Our son finally came home before the sentencing. In the meantime RJ worked furiously to get the charges reduced, which he did. All during this going on RJ kept us abreast every week what was going on. He never lied to us he just told us the truth and what to expect. Well my son with the help of RJ got to get a plea deal. During the sentencing the judge was going to give our son the maximum of the range scale. RJ argued that my son had turned his life around and was a new person whom the prosecutor who also wanted the maximum of the scale agreed with RJ and changed her mind that day in court. RJ also got the judge to recommend that my son could self-surrender in 30 day’s and also recommend that he be given the 500 hour drug program which could reduce our son’s sentence from 9 to 12 months. We all knew that our son was going to do some time and RJ never ever gave us false hope of our son getting off scott free. Our son could have been going away for a very long time. My brother keeps telling us how lucky we got compared to what could have been. We owe RJ and his associates a debt of gratitude that I feel we can never repay. By the grace of GOD we got very lucky choosing SUZUKI LAW FIRM and we will never ever use anyone. Let’s hope we never have to. If you have any doubts you can get my phone number from RJ and I am more than willing to talk to you personally. That is the least I could to families that are going through what we went thru.
Well where do I start, I had an attorney prior to my attorney now and she did not represent me right, never returned my calls, addressed none of my concerns in the court room, which I can honestly say put my daughter in harms way by her lack of professionalism and charged me ALOT of money! Then I inquired online with several attorneys and was skeptical of every single one, UNTIL I found Steven E Sufrin, he is awesome. Steve called me back first thing in the morning and LISTENED to what I was saying, RESPONDED to my questions very directly making it clear how knowlegable he is, he knows his stuff, no sugar coating or manipulation either, he just said look, this is what needs to be done, this is the next step, he told me stop freakin out he'll take care of it, let's do this! Which I have to admit at that point in my case I was a wreck. I came into his office that day, gave him all my paperwork, and he has held up to his word ever since! He keeps me informed on everything I need to know, but at the same time he doesn't contact me unecessarily to rack up my bill,but most importantly HE is THERE when I need him! Steve has been doing divorce/family court cases for 20+ years so he's definetly been around the block... which makes him very versatile in his profession and his ability to represent his clients well, as every case is unique in it's own way. I've seen him in the court room on multiple occassions, he's always early or on time,he's prepared, suited up and lookin sharp. During the hearings, he addresses my concerns, is very attentive to what the other party and the judge is stating, ensuring that nothing slips through the cracks, he is ALWAYS practical and uses a lot of common sense and knowledge when he represents me, yet he is also respectfully aggressive if necessary to defend me. Keep in mind each case is different, so retainers can vary, but out of 15 inquiries he was the lowest amount to retain which I appreciated being a single mom of two. Honestly I have a very complicated case and he truly has made the MOST out the money I have given him, which makes every penny worth it! Always save the best for last right? Well here's the best part about Steve and it may take you meeting him to believe it. Steve is not that money grubbing, nickle and diming stereo-typical attorney, he does his job with ease and it's obvious he does it for the children and the families best interest, during the most stressful and difficult time in my life, he looked out for my child and relieved 10,0000 pounds of weight off my back, he allowed me to continue on with my life and be a mother during these horrific court proceedings, and sleep at night knowing that legally my child's welfare and future is in good hands! Do yourself a favor, just call for a consult... you'll see what I mean! Steven E Sufrin 480-947-5595 firstname.lastname@example.org 4050 E. Greenway Rd Ste#3 Phoenix, AZ 85032
REFERRAL/TESTIMONIAL: Outstanding Representation and Service I came to the Bishop Law Office in the winter of 2007 during the most difficult and stressful time of my life. When my husband delivered the news that he was divorcing me, I was a stay-at-home mother of three children and had only worked part-time jobs for almost 20 years. I had consultations with two other law firms before coming to the Bishop Law Office, and the previous firms’ assessment of my situation was very grim and discouraging. I was given very blunt and unkind advice about the likely outcome of a divorce settlement, and clearly, I was in serious trouble. Needless to say, I was even more terrified and distraught over my pending divorce. My call to the Bishop Law Office led me to Barbara Fuqua, and the staff assured me that she had the expertise and experience to guide me through a complicated divorce and the fair division of my share of my husband’s military retirement. Barbara Fuqua agreed to take my case, and immediately, I felt relief and reassurance that I had expert legal representation on my side. As the divorce proceedings dragged on, my ex-husband and his attorney were extremely difficult and unpredictable. Ms. Fuqua stood right by my side and ensured that my children and I were protected with a fair and equitable settlement in property division, spousal support, and child support. She was always available to answer my questions and her knowledge and expertise in family law was the key to the positive outcome of my settlement. When Ms. Fuqua represented me in court proceedings, it was very obvious that she was well known and well respected by the judges, mediators, and court personnel. It has been a year since my divorce was final, and every contingency that I could face in terms of visitation, support, and even taxes was addressed properly and clearly stated in the divorce decree. This has eliminated misunderstandings and creative interpretations of the settlement and has prevented the need for further expensive legal actions. I highly recommend Ms. Fuqua when facing a difficult legal/Family Law challenge. I was lucky to have found her, and I have been able to build a new life for my family with confidence and financial security. I couldn’t have managed it without Barbara Fuqua and her exceptional legal team. Sincerely yours, Paige Engelson
Types of Attorneys
The legal profession is vast, with each attorney having his or her specialties. Here are some of the most common attorneys individuals seek out when they require legal aid:
A criminal defense lawyer is probably the attorney the average person imagines. Criminal attorneys are the men and women who defend individuals accused of a crime. The lawyer may work pro bono - for the public good - so the accused is certain to have representation, even if he or she cannot afford an attorney.
Criminal lawyers are experts in the criminal justice system. They help their clients decide how to plead when first charged by the police and guide them through trial procedures. Defense lawyers must use every bit of their knowledge and resources to get their clients the fairest results from criminal proceedings.
If you are a small business owner or the head of a larger corporation, you may come into contact with a business lawyer. Many big companies keep a legal staff on payroll to deal with the daily operations of running and maintaining a large enterprise. Business lawyers may have more specific specialties like copyright law, product liability and mergers and acquisitions.
Business attorneys may focus their practices on certain industries. There are entertainment lawyers to guide artists through royalties and media contracts, while hospitals employ malpractice attorneys to protect doctors from aggressive litigation.
When you work for a company, you may find yourself in need of an employment lawyer - especially if the relationship between you and your employer sours. An employment attorney prevents people from losing their jobs due to unfair reasons. Workers' compensation lawyers help maintain safe employment conditions and ensure workers receive fair compensation after workplace injury or discrimination.
A personal finance attorney can protect and manage your investments and securities. You may use a finance lawyer to help you prepare your taxes, but you might be better off working with an accountant. A tax attorney is more commonly contacted after a business or individual runs into trouble with the IRS or state regulators.
Real Estate Lawyer
Your family may keep a lawyer on retainer to guide you through the major expenses that come up in life. When buying a home, you could work with a real estate lawyer to make sure you get the best deal and won't get taken advantage of by tricky mortgage agreements or unfair landlords. An estate attorney can help you plan for the worst by creating a will and preparing your finances for after your death.
A bankruptcy lawyer is essential to help you resolve your financial difficulties when they start to spin out of control. Certain attorneys help create strategies to bring you out of debt and speak to your creditors. A lawyer can advise you on which type of bankruptcy you should file for.
If you are suing someone or being sued, you need a civil lawyer. Civil attorneys - and criminal lawyers - are the legal representatives who argue on your behalf in a courtroom setting. Civil lawyers may represent you on matters of business, finance or a wide variety of other specialized needs.
One of the most common types of civil attorneys is a personal injury lawyer. When you're hurt by an outside party and you would like to hold them legally responsible, a personal injury attorney conducts litigation and negotiates settlements to compensate for your pain and suffering. Sometimes many wronged people will join together with a single civil lawyer or law office to form a class action lawsuit.
Most people will turn to a lawyer during a divorce to navigate the emotionally charged legal proceedings. A divorce attorney can assist in determining grounds for separation, division of property and custody of children.
Family attorneys deal with much more personal matters. If you're getting married, a family lawyer can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement or other family planning paperwork such as adoption or inheritance documents.
Questions One Should Ask a Lawyer Before Hiring Them
To ensure you find a competent attorney who won't abuse your trust or drain your finances, you have to make the proper inquiries. There are several questions you should ask, but the majority will fall under three general topics:
Training and Experience Questions
One of the best ways to determine quality is to examine an attorney's history. When you first step into a lawyer's office, you should check for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You have to ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.
Once you inquire about the broad details of their legal career, you should ask questions about their experience that pertains to your specific issue. You should ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant.
Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Whatever the payment plan, make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
Lawyer/Client Relationship Questions
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship. The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Great questions to start off with are ones that will make your life easier, such as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
Top Reasons to Hire a Lawyer
You may keep a lawyer on retainer or you could turn to an attorney during specific situations. Here are some common reasons people begin seeking legal representation or advice:
You Know Your Limitations
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, you need assistance. You may need a third party to help you navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. It's essential you fully understand the terms of any legally binding documentation or activity you become a part of. If you are not an expert in a given field, you'll want to hire an attorney who is.
A lawyer may find legal implications or opportunities you might miss. If you find yourself in a civil or criminal matter, a proper attorney ensures you don't receive a harsh punishment for a small mistake.
You're Facing an Important Event/Decision
When making decisions critical to your financial stability or personal life, you may want a lawyer with expertise in your situation to make sure you do everything you can to arrive at the proper resolution. This is especially true when you become involved in a criminal case and your freedom is on the line.
It's not just a matter of legal knowledge; lawyer's have access to numerous resources you do not. They have staff ready to work around the clock and experts in a variety of fields to give your important issues the attention they deserve.
You Can't Be Impartial
During times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you may need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of level-headed thinking. For example, divorce lawyers can mediate a heated argument and help both partners get on with their lives.
Emotional investment could be subtle. You may want to have a lawyer look over an investment opportunity that looks too good to be true or investigate the merits of a possible civil suit when you feel wronged.
You're Out of Options
Many people turn to lawyers when they are in trouble. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available to assist you as you deal with your problems.
Personal injury lawyers find solutions for people who can no longer work under their own power and bankruptcy attorneys prevent people from giving in to debt. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't find a solution, a lawyer may be able to offer the counsel you need.
How to Choose a Lawyer
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. While you probably don't want the conflict of interest that comes from being represented by a family member, friends and loved ones can recommend lawyers who served them well in the past. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you.
After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online. You should check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
When you build a list of possible candidates, perform a background check on each one. See if you can find information on their history and success record. Once you find a possible lawyer, you should call to arrange a consultation so you can ask your important questions in person.
By performing the necessary research and taking every available precaution, you can narrow your search to the attorney most suited to your needs.