In the professional world, education is everything. Too often, individuals rush to hire the first professional they meet without asking for credentials. They assume naively that they are obviously working and therefore qualified. In the art world this would never happen. Before any job can be secured, an artist has to send in his or her portfolio. Imagine the scrutiny and pressure. Interestingly, this scrutiny is completely acceptable with everyday professionals, yet rarely applied.
Know The Facts
It is extremely important that you as the client know the facts about your lawyer. This will give you peace of mind as your lawyer is working on your case and you are paying the bills. After all, you want the end product to turn out positive. Therefore, consider taking the time to investigate. You will be glad you did.
Does Your Lawyer Have A Degree?
As you investigate your lawyer’s background, it will be important for you to ask the important questions. This may sound silly, but make sure that your lawyer went to a law school and graduated. You want to be represented by someone who has spent the necessary time studying the law. Usually a lawyer will display his or her degree on the wall so you can reference it.
While graduation from law school may be obvious, consider making sure that your lawyer is still learning. This may be more difficult for some to bring up. However, continuing education is common among lawyers. And it is also required. All you need to know is whether or not your lawyer is meeting these requirements. If they are, then you can be assured that they are up to date on the latest happenings in the world of law. Then you can proceed with your case knowing your attorney has the knowledge necessary to help you.
If you are in the middle of a lawsuit, then you need the help of a lawyer to aid you in your case. Many people think that they can fight the case on their own. However, hiring a lawyer is quite often the smart decision. It will reap major benefits in the long run. And it will be less hassle throughout the process. Here is what you need to know to ensure that you hire a lawyer that can help you.
Experience With Your Type Of Case
One of the most important things you can do is hire a lawyer who has experience handling cases like yours. For example, those involved in personal injury lawsuits should probably avoid estate attorneys. Look for an attorney that has experience handling your type of case. This will aid you in your case.
Next, make sure that you hire a lawyer that you can trust. This is a crucial characteristic of the attorney you hire, and it is also one that is more difficult to feel out. After all, lawyers do not put trustworthy on their resumes. However, you should be able to gage whether or not you can trust the lawyer you are considering working with. Ask them questions. Also, ask for referrals. Talk to their referrals and ask specific questions about their experience working with the lawyer.
Lastly, no one enters a lawsuit thinking, “I’d be ok if I lost.” Instead, they want to gain as much as possible from the suit. That is why you are hiring the lawyer in the first place. Therefore, you need someone who is willing to fight your battle on your behalf. This person needs a competitive spirit that will not be overwhelming in the courtroom, but definitely enough to get the job done!
Before you hire any lawyer, you want to get all of the minor details our of the way to make sure that everyone will run smoothly along the road. This is way many individuals go through a research process before they select an attorney. However, once you have narrowed down your decision, don’t forget to ask those important questions that will ensure that the time you spend working together will run as smoothly as possible.
How Do You Bill?
Many people are afraid to talk billing and cost up front. However, it is an important issue. You need to be aware of how and when you will be billed so that you can plan for it. This is one of the first questions you should ask your lawyer. You do not want a bunch of surprises down the road, so ask specifics. Will you be billed a flat fee or an hourly rate. Even ask for an estimated cost if you want to.
How will you respond to me needs throughout the case?
This is another great question. As the client, you will have needs that the lawyer will need to meet. Make sure you understand how the client plans on meeting these needs. Hopefully the lawyer will be able to make you feel like a priority even though they obviously have other cases to worry about.
What happens if you die or retire?
This may sound like an odd question, however it is an important one to consider. Imagine investing money in the case with the lawyer and finding out that he or she died before the case was settled. What happens to your investment and/or the case? Although this is an uncomfortable subject to bring up, make sure that you do. It will protect your interests in the event of a tragedy. The client should always be taken care of no matter what happens.
Everyday people hire lawyers to help them solve life’s problems. Today’s lawyers are skilled in a number of different specialties and chances are you can find one to help you overcome the battle you are facing. Remember, odds are in your favor if you hire a lawyer. It is usually wise to have them help you rather than trying to do it all on your own. However, before you hiring the first lawyer you come across on the internet, here are some things to know.
Know Their Experience
First, make sure that you know your attorney’s experience. One of the reasons you are hiring the attorney is to make sure that someone is representing you who is more apt at handling the battle you are confronting. Someone that lacks experience may not be the best decision for an attorney to represent your case. It will be important that they understand what they are up against.
Cost And Worth
Next, understand that you get what you pay for with a lawyer. These individuals are professionals for a reason and that is why they can charge the rate that they charge. Don’t avoid someone that seems expensive right away. If this lawyer is the best fit for you, it may be worth it for you. In the end, you may get the most money back because they know how to fight your case best.
Look For A Specialty
Lastly, when you are looking for an attorney, make sure that they have experience with the type of case you need help with. Not all types of cases are the same. And just because someone is a lawyer, it does not mean that they will be the best person available to help you. Therefore, consider finding someone who specializes in the area you need.
Union workers at the nation’s only uranium conversion plant, in Metropolis, Illinois, have erected 42 crosses nearby in memory of workers who died of cancer. Twenty-seven smaller crosses symbolize workers who have survived the disease.
- Article published in the New York Times on August 9, 2010.
According to the New York Times:
The memorial is a fitting backdrop for the contentious labor dispute that has shaken Metropolis — the self-proclaimed hometown of Superman, which sits on the Ohio River at the southern edge of Illinois. Many workers believe that the plant contributed to their fellow employees’ illnesses, which is a central reason the union is refusing to accept the plant operator’s plan to reduce pensions for newly hired workers and health benefits for retirees.
On June 28, Honeywell, the plant operator, locked out its 220 union employees after negotiations stalled, accusing the union of refusing to give the company 24 hours’ notice of a strike. The union has picketed ever since.
“We deal with hydrofluoric acid,” said Darrell Lillie, president of United Steelworkers Local 7-669, which represents the union workers. “We make fluorine. This is bad stuff. The least we feel like we could have is good medical benefits when we retire.”
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Workers fight for their lives and medical treatment
Crosses erected in memory of workers who died of cancer
According to the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission Website:
Workers’ Compensation was the first social insurance enacted in the US, i.e., a government program where risks are pooled and benefits are legally defined. Wisconsin passed the first constitutional workers’ compensation law in 1911, followed closely the same year by Illinois.
In anticipation of the upcoming 100th anniversary, a centennial commission is planning various activities, and PBS is producing a documentary. More details will be announced as they become available. The centennial commission’s website also includes a great 10-minute video of workers’ comp history, created by high school students.
Check it out!!