Helpful Legal Resources Serving Fort Lauderdale

Having a built a successful law office from the ground-up in Fort Lauderdale, it is fair to say that Jeanne Charles, ESQ knows a thing or two about providing accurate and pertinent advice in a wide range of legal fields from criminal law and civil litigation to family law and personal injury cases. However, sometimes my clients and members of the general public simply require some basic information regarding different facets of the legal system. With that in mind, here is a short sample of some the questions that Jeanne Charles, ESQ receives most commonly.

Can a lawyer who is licensed in one state practice law in a different state?

The simple answer to this question is no. The fact of the matter is that a lawyer must comply with the bar admission requirements in a given state to practice law there. This process is more commonly referred to as passing the bar exam in a certain state. So, for instance if a lawyer trained, qualified and passed the bar exam in Texas, he or she is entitled to practice law in Texas but in no other state.

What are some useful questions to ask a lawyer before hiring him/her?

When it comes to choosing a lawyer to provide you with counsel or an attorney to represent you in a court of law, it can often feel like quite an intimidating or challenging process. To overcome these problems, here are a number of commonly asked questions that may help:

  • 1. What is your area of legal expertise?
  • 2. How long have practiced law in Fort Lauderdale
  • 3. How much do you charge and how frequently do you bill?
  • 4. What are my responsibilities as a client?
  • 5. Will you be honest and upfront about my chances of victory?

What is the Main Difference Between a Lawyer and an Attorney?

The simple fact of the matter that is that lawyers and attorneys are very similar but with one unique difference. This difference is as follows: a lawyer is a person who is educated in law, through law school or university and is in a position to give legal advice to other people. However, to practice in a court of law, a lawyer will need to pass the bar exam in a given state. Once that has been achieved, the lawyer will then be referred to as an attorney-at-law, or an attorney, as they are more commonly known as.

What Can I do to Help my Lawyer?

While most people ask how their lawyer can help them, the fact of the matter is that a client also has responsibilities to help their lawyer. Three ways of doing that are as follows:

  • 1. Be prepared for meetings with your lawyer. This means ensuring you have any documents pertaining to your case with you.
  • 2. Read the letters and documents your lawyer provides you with closely and carefully.
  • 3. File all correspondence from your lawyer in a safe and secure location.