Hiring A Lawyer News - Law and Daily Life
Law & Daily Life - The FindLaw Life, Family and Workplace Law Blog

Recently in Hiring A Lawyer Category

Proposed IL Forensic Evidence Rule Change Sparks Controversy

Humans make mistakes. We miss things, get confused, and misremember details. That is why the rules for handling forensic evidence in a criminal case are very strict and dictate how materials pass through police hands.

The strict procedure is meant to ensure the quality of convictions, and it allows defendants to challenge admission of evidence that is admitted against them without proof that proper procedure was followed. Now legislators in Illinois are considering a new law that would allow state crime labs to hide mistakes that technicians make, according to defense attorneys. Police say that the law ensures quality results. Let's consider the controversy reported by ABC News.

Not everyone feels comfortable with the body in which they were born. And not everyone identifies as the gender assigned to them on their birth certificate. Therefore, many people choose to change the gender on their birth certificate and other official documents to more accurately reflect their gender identity.

Unfortunately, making this change isn't always as easy as it sounds, and can require a variety of legal documents and procedures. So do you need a lawyer to officially change your gender?

Is Limited Scope Representation Right for My Child Custody Case?

It used to be said that the man who represents himself has a fool for a client. In child custody cases, which can be contentious and emotionally difficult, there is good reason to seek representation. But times are tough and if you're looking to cut costs, then you may be considering Limited Scope Representation, or unbundled legal services.

There are risks to limited representation. It's not right for everyone. Let's look at guidance from the California courts on how to decide if LSR is right for your child custody case.

Can I Hire a Family Member to Be My Lawyer?

If you have a legal issue, it's only natural to ask the lawyer in the family some questions. Whether you want to hire family as counsel is another matter, however, and one to consider carefully.

There are advantages to knowing your lawyer well and to having counsel that really cares about you. But family relationships can be complicated, and mixing it up is not always wise, even if it is allowed. So let's take a look at why you might not want to hire your cousin Vinny to be your counsel, although technically there is no prohibition.

What to Do When You Can't Pay Your Lawyer

If you cannot pay your lawyer, don't panic, don't disappear, and don't assume your debt will be forgotten. Lawyers often owe a lot of money for student loans and running a business means having a lot of expenses, so many practitioners do rely on every single client payment.

There are different types of fee arrangements and you may be able to negotiate a situation that will work for everyone. Even rapper Lil' Wayne talked to his lawyer about a payment plan. Here is how to handle the talk when you're stuck.

Like nearly all legal questions, trying to predict a lawyer's hourly rate will lead to one accurate answer: it depends. Factors like the type of case, the lawyer's experience, and even where you live will all come into play. Is a friend of a friend doing you a favor? Or are you going to a big firm? Are you paying for an associate's time, or a partner's?

While a variety of factors can create a wide range of hourly rates from attorneys, there are some general principles that can help you figure it out. Here's what to expect:

3 Trending Questions From FindLaw Answers

You've got legal questions, we've got answers. If you have not yet asked or answered a legal question on FindLaw's popular Answers community, what are you waiting for? This amazing free resource supports a dynamic community of attorneys and consumers helping each other out. Simple as that.

Here's a look at some of the more popular legal questions posted on our boards lately:

Whether you're moving for a new job, a new spouse, or just a new experience, our neighbor to the north has a lot to offer -- Canada has gorgeous scenery, friendly folks, and some of the most welcoming immigration laws around.

But that doesn't mean immigrating to the Great White North doesn't come with a few legal issues. And no one is better situated to help you with those issues than FindLaw Canada, with the most comprehensive access to legal information and lawyer services in the country. So if you're thinking of moving to Canada, here are a few of the best resources FindLaw Canada has to offer:

It happens about this time every four years or so -- American voters, faced with the prospect of their disfavored candidate becoming president, threaten to flee to Canada if he or she is elected. This election cycle, the Canadian emigration candidate seems to be Donald Trump.

After Trump nabbed seven of eleven states on Super Tuesday, US-based Google searches for "move to Canada" soared to a ten-year high. So if you're considering a move to the Great White North to avoid a Trump (or Cruz, or Clinton, or Sanders) presidency, do you need to get a lawyer?

Unless you are a citizen by birth, gaining U.S. citizenship can be a long, extensive, and complicated process. And while it may not be legally required for you to hire an immigration lawyer to file for citizenship, it may be a good idea to have someone with some professional experience on your side to guide you through the process.

Whether you have difficulty understanding English, need assistance gathering the necessary documents, or just want to know why some applications are denied so you can avoid the same fate, there are times when you might want a lawyer to file for citizenship.