Finding The Lawyer That Is The Right Fit For You

Finding the right attorney can be an overwhelming task. Not only does the specialization need to be taken into consideration for the task at hand, one must also find one whom they feel comfortable divulging information to that can sometimes be personal, sensitive and perhaps embarrassing. This requires research and leg work but this is hard work that will pay off in the end.

Lawyer Recommendations

Ask Family & Friends

There are many avenues that one can take in the process of finding the right representation. Recommendations of lawyers that family or friends are comfortable with can be a great place to start. It is, however, just a start. It is important to do some research on every prospect being considered. The first check is their current standing within the bar association in the state of practice. One should be confident that the lawyer in question is in good standing.

Check with the BBB

The next check should be with the Better Business Bureau in the area of practice and also in the areas that were previously practiced in. The lawyer may have a-one credentials within the community he or she is currently practicing but it is always a good idea to understand why a move, if any, has been made. For example, is this attorney running from past problems?

The Next Step: Consultations

Consultations would be the next smart move. Depending on the reason behind the need for an attorney, consultation fees may or may not be waived. Many lawyers offer a complimentary consultation or a refund on consultation fees should one choose to retain his or her services. The importance of consult fees will be contingent on the depth of the search, the standard consult fee practice in the area and the importance of the need for representation. The potential client should understand the services being provided and the cost of said services prior to the consultation appointment. Fees for the actual service will be discussed at the consultation.

Once consultations have been scheduled, it is important that one arrives with a list of “expectations for the lawyer” in consideration as well as questions to ask. Notes should be taken as one should not expect to be provided with written information or fee schedules it may be provided. Ask questions and take notes that are meaningful and easy to understand.

A decision should not be made on the spot during the consultation. Leave the meeting with the intent to go over the information received. Then place the lawyer against the set of expectations.

Making Your Decision

The comfort level should be a measure as well as the cost of services and the strategy he or she intends to use to meet the needs in question.

Top Schools For Criminal Justice

The top schools for criminal justice should offer programs that are useful in the real world and programs that are appropriate for a variety of students including busy working adults. If you are a working adult, the following are considered by some experts to be the top schools:

  1. American Intercontinental University Online: This is one of the top schools because it offers an accommodating accredited program for AS and BS degrees with administration, forensics, law enforcement and special population specializations.
  2. Colorado Technical University: The criminal justice associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from this school provide excellent perspective on the theory and history of law enforcement, judicial system and human behavior fields.
  3. Everest College: This school offers comprehensive justice programs in 23 states and online, making it a convenient and affordable option.
  4. Heald College: The business administration department at this school offers degrees in criminology and criminal law with focuses on administration, business management and investigations.
  5. LA College International Online: If you want to begin working in the justice field in as little time as possible, this school is an excellent choice with its 18-month associate’s degree and 36-month bachelor of science program.
  6. Liberty University: This Baptist university offers a Bachelor of Science in justice covering constitutional procedure, criminology, ethics and juvenile justice.
  7. Rasmussen College: This East Coast school’s offerings include associate’s and bachelor’s degrees concentrating on correction, crime scene investigation and homeland security.
  8. University of Phoenix: This is one of the most well known online universities and is considered among the top schools for criminal justice with studies in criminal courts, criminology, cyber crime, forensics, juvenile justice, policing practices and more.
  9. Westwood College: You can find Westwood campuses in five states, where you can earn a Bachelor of Science in justice with concentrations on ethics, legal systems and sociology.

There are many other top criminal justice schools with more prestigious names, but these are considered the best for students living and working in the real world.

America – By the People, For the Lawyers!

In our founding documents it states that the United States of America is a nation built by the people and for the people. Unfortunately most of the laws in our society and civilization have been reshaped by lawyers and sometimes in a self-serving way. One cynical person in our online think tank stated; “America; By the People, For the Lawyers!”

Of course immediately one of the lawyers in the group labeled him a cynical person, which he immediately admitted freely. But he said; “just because I’m a cynic does not mean I am not correct.” So the question is what do you think? This is an article of pure opinion as you can tell.

Are we still a nation built by the people and for the people or are we a modified hybred; being built by the lawyers and for lawyers. If lawyers make our laws and we have to hire a lawyer to tell us what those laws are and then hire another lawyer if those laws are inadvertently or accidentally broken then who are we truly serving; ourselves “The People” or the lawyers to whom we have to pay money to for advice on how to live or run our businesses.

The cynic in the group suggested that in his business, which is a successful construction firm, he had to call his lawyer every time he wanted to use the company restroom to make sure it was okay? Indeed, it has not got that bad yet, but it surely could at the present rate in my humble opinion.

I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.