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THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH ON "REAL" LAWYERS: Recently I got into a bit of trouble. I've NEVER been in trouble before. It wa one of tho e night I've heard people ay before like you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. A night out that...more you never intended to end up that way. Not nearly a bad a that movie "The Hangover" but imilar a I woke up in Jail and had no clue how I got there! There I wa in SERIOUS trouble with the law! I had to act immediately and I hired a lawyer that wa recommended to me by a friend and without doing any re earch I hired him de perately...BIG mi take! Eventually I found out he wa ju t wanting my money and telling me the thing I wanted to hear at the time. After an appearance in court, I tarted finding out the information he gave me wa not completely correct. Que tioning him on it, he told me he would get back to me. I then had to follow up with hi a i tance everal time with NO re pon e from him! It wa a firm and I never got the ame lawyer on my court date . I knew I wa in trouble and I wa SCARED! I eventually had to fire him after meeting with him about a li t of complaint and mi information that wa given to be by the firm. He wa what I later found out to be a paper-pu her type lawyer. The type that tell you all the magical BS word and mind game to make you feel like they care but really they want to do what will get them the mo t money and leave you with the outcome to your ca e that will make it ea ie t for them. Thi wa a very reputable firm and I could believe how di appointed i wa . Thi wa my LIFE! I needed a lawyer to take it that eriou ly! Could thi be the BEST I could hope for? I fired him and tarted earching for the "Real Lawyer ." My earch tarted online a I did a much re earch about my ca e and trying to elect the right lawyer to interview. I oon found out that it wa going to be tougher than I expected. After much re earch I narrowed my earch down to three lawyer . The fir t wa like my original lawyer that I had ju t fired promi ing me everything he could do and aying how ea y thi wa all going to be. How ea ily he could win my ca e for about the ame fee. The Second lawyer wa charging a lot more money for my ca e and told me how difficult my ca e wa going to be. He pointed out my charge and ternly a ked if I knew the everity of them to the point of making me FEEL like I wa guilty and a bad per on. He promi ed to win my ca e but it wa going to be tough and becau e of that it wa going to co t more. The third lawyer wa Chip Lewi and he turned out to be the one I would hire. Chip Lewi wa the ONLY one to call me back him elf. He al o wa the only one who looked into my ca e before he even met with me. The other lawyer told me to bring the paperwork with all the information I had. Chip took my ca e very eriou and told me all the fact about what could happen to me with my ca e. Hi fee wa ju t a little higher but reali tic, and now I know he wa worth every ingle penny! From the very beginning he wa different than the other and worked with me ide by ide. I FINALLY felt like he wa on my ide and it wa n't me again t my lawyer! It wa US again t the court . He didn't make me any promi e and told me he would work diligently to get me the very be t outcome that we could get from the court. Chip Lewi had the knowledge and the wi dom to back up every ingle thing he told me to expect. He told me that it wa innocent people like me who get lo t in the y tem that he wa working hard to try and protect. For everal month he did work hard and howed up with me in court every ingle time. He called me back, not hi a i tant, and he worked hard for ME and HIM. In the end, he got both of my charge di mi ed. It wa a miracle and it wa ALL becau e I hired a "REAL LAWYER" named Chip Lewi ! Thank you Chip Lewi ...thank for my Life!view less
Hello, fi t of all excu e me for my grammar and pelling mi take . I couldn't wait anymore to tart to write thi review, after my interview today... M . Richard i the nice t per on I have ever een, in the law world. After my fir t appointment, I made my deci ion t...moreo hire M . Richard . She wa hone t and upfront from the fir t appointment. The fee didn't change, even he went extra mile to help me more than he promi ed. Well he didn't promi e me any immigration tatu , he ju t promi ed to help me get my paperwork together and how up to the interview with me to protect my right and explain to me if I need help. She believed in me becau e he knew that I wa right from the beginning. Becau e of ome fake folk , mo t of the immigrant get judged or ha to go thru the proce ! She helped me to contact with ome ource to get my paperwork together, he alway informed me about everything on time. She even helped me to fix ome grammar mi take in the form /letter . Be ide of all of tho e he helped me to be trong in thi hard time. At the end of the the 3rd coun eling e ion, I wa till mi ing ome paperwork and photo ince I had only about 2 week or le time to the interview date when I hired M . Richard . Even o he wa till patience with me and called me at the end of the day and the next (thi ) morning to remind me about the mi ing paperwork. Anyway we talked to meet at the u ci office 30 min before the interview time. I wa there little earlier than that and M . Richard wa there before than agreed time. We walked to u ci office, picked our eat and waited for my interview. While we waited for the u ci officer to call me, it wa more than 1 hour pa ed. Meanwhile we had really cool conver ation . She wa n't ju t a lawyer there for me, he wa al o good per on with po itive energy and attitude. My name wa called and we walked to interview room. She ju t reminded me again to give the paperwork to the officer and ju t watched everything goe in it flow. While the interview M . Richard made couple comment about the paperwork and explained me one of the que tion I didn't under tand. Becau e that' all I needed, re t of it wa my job. Of cour e I had to tell my tory, of cour e I had to an wer the que tion about my ca e and explain the evidence I brought with me ince it' my job to do all thi . Everything went mooth and my ca e wa approved. I'm really thankful to M . Richard for everything and I would recommend her to everyone 110% Regard Javid.view less
To whomever wrote the la t comment/other reader , Although I have not been to Sam Hou ton Eque trian Center, I do recommend the following: 1) Safety fir t - make ure whatever facility you choo e to ride at teache you the ba ic of being around a hor e. Such a never ...morewalk behind them, never tighten the girth while they are on the cro tie , alway make ure their hoe are properly trimmed or hod 2) Under tand how to groom a hor e (ie. bru h, pick hoove , etc), walk, tack up, correctly put on a bridle a well a addle before you get on the hor e 3) NOT all hor e need upplement - additional upplement can actually deter a hor e from getting the proper nutrient 4) Ye you need to have a rider be aligned with kill level or difficulty of hor e but al o in ize - a larger per on hould not be riding a mall hor e 5) Riding different hor e early on i a po itive a long a the hor e are quiet, reliable and are afe for the rider 6) Age of an in tructor hould not be a reflection of their kill level - age/ kill level are not directly relational 7) Fir t and foremo t an in tructor hould be a king you about your goal , what you would like to accompli h and then et you up with the correct program - ie. private ver u group le on a well a level of difficulty of the hor e So for tho e of you who have been detered by the earlier review, I recommend to till go and form your own opinion. I have been riding for 25 year and compete at a national/regional level. I have three quarter hor e and ride in a pecialized di cipline thu have the credential to make the comment I have above. I have ridden at tellar location and le than tellar. So good luck and may you have the chance to enjoy your love of riding regardle of what level you are.view less
An attorney - or lawyer - is a person who provides the service of studying the law and using his or her knowledge for a client's benefit. While some lawyers work for the state or other governing bodies, attorneys in the public sector are available to provide advice and consult for individuals and businesses.
Lawyers spend years in higher education learning the ins and outs of their country's legal system. After passing the bar exam, they are able to accept fees for their services but must remain vigilant to stay on top of changing government regulations and civil rulings. If you work with a lawyer, he or she can guide you through your interactions with governing bodies and private financial and business matters.
An attorney acts as your representative or source of consultation when you go through difficult legal proceedings. A lawyer can speak on your behalf and help in the creation and management of important documents. If you feel you have been wronged professionally or personally, a lawyer may help you seek legal restitution, or defend you when an outside party tries to make you pay for actions you are not responsible for.
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.
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.
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.
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.