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Is a Lawyer the Same as an Attorney?

Having worked with clients for many years at this stage, I can safely say that this is one of the most common questions that I have received. The simple answer to this question is no, but they are similar. The reason that question continues to be asked is because many lawyers and legal representatives do not take the time to explain the difference between these two positions.

To put it simply, the simple fact of the matter is that an attorney is a lawyer but a lawyer may not always be an attorney. The reality of the situation is as follows: a lawyer is simply a person who is trained in the school of law, however without passing the relevant bar exam, they are not qualified to provide legal guidance. By contrast, an attorney is also a lawyer, as in they completed a course of study in law school. But crucially, they have also passed the bar exam and have been admitted to practice law in a given jurisdiction.

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Do I Really Need a Lawyer

You would be surprised at how frequently I receive a call or email from a prospective client expressing surprise and disbelief at the fact that they absolutely need a lawyer to ensure that they receive the fairest amount of compensation after an accident or workplace injury. In many cases, people feel that dealing directly with an insurance company after an accident has taken place is the most efficient and cost-effective way of negotiating compensation. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation couldn’t be further from the truth. In general, insurance companies try to pay as little as possible to settle claims after an accident, and this means that you may actually miss out on receiving the full amount of compensation you are entitled to if you fail to contact a lawyer. Don’t lose out on compensation that you are legitimately entitled to because you didn’t invest in a law office you could really rely on.

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I am in Advanced Years but Do I Really Need an Estate Plan?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Even if you think that you don’t have a lot of possessions, chances are you actually do. And if you really have very little, it is still important to make sure that whatever possessions you do have are given to the loved ones that you wish to receive them. On top of that, planning for an unforeseen event such as death or deteriorating health is a mature and responsible thing to do. Not only that but it also can save your loved ones a lot of time and hassle in the untimely event of your death. After all, this is already a difficult time for them to begin with, it really doesn’t need to be made any worse. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

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