Have You Hired an Attorney?

Hey y’all! Because of my crazy posts about dogs, shooting guns, cooking, or playing volleyball, I might’ve forgotten this blog is devoted to law school! Rest assured, I won’t stop posting about anything and everything going on in my life but I wanted to post something that was somewhat law related!

So! I have a question for y’all: how often have you had to hire an attorney in your lifetime? I realize that can be a personal and I don’t want to pry, but have you ever had to hire an attorney or have you had to hire an attorney frequently?

Just curious considering my future career choice!

Thanks in advance for your answers y’all!

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  1. I could use one now. Divorce with kids in a state that doesn’t take kindly to a person trying to represent themselves leaves my ex feeling like she always has the upper hand. I have not only had to hire attorneys in the past but I’ve actually managed whole herds (errr I mean offices) of them. Sadly, these are all outside of this state. What’s your real question here? If you ask more specifically, I’d be glad so respond.

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    1. That really was my real question! I’m just trying to get an idea of what is the demand for an attorney? Am I going to open up an office and no one will call, or will my phone be ringing so frequently, I’ll have to hire help?! (A good problem to have)

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      1. Depends on how good you are, right? Most attorneys when I was considering law school worked their tail ends off and then became junior members at law offices and often when you compared salaried total hours with my hourly plus overtime as a paralegal, I came out ahead wage wise. I think it is maybe important to balance what interests you with what makes money which is subject to market pressures and changes up. And whatever you do, do not forget that there are tremendous amount of non-traditional career paths that a JD is useful for as well. First year right? More important now to roll with your learning and then see what really seems to move your heart and soul. I hate to repeat an old adage but it is my observation that a JD with a decent GPA opens enough doors that it’s truly a case of doing what you love and the money will come. But then, here I am talking like I have walked that walk. I haven’t. I just watched a lot of friends making their way down that road. You will be fine. (and I am way too opinionated)

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  2. Questions about dealing with an estate, setting up a will, just the usually small details of mortality have necessitated looking up my lawyer for his advice and help. I’ve been glad to have him when I need him, and even thought his fee was reasonable considering the hassles he saved me.

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  3. This wound up longer than expected, so my apologies; but when I read previous comments and saw what you wanted, I wound up word vomiting my experience.

    I’ve definitely had to hire attorneys. For years, I had attorneys in multiple states for criminal defense matters, and multiple civil attorneys off & on over those same years. I’m a recovering addict, so I have a criminal history spanning a decade and five states (the I20 corridor states). I have 12 years and 5 months clean now, and have had to consult with attorneys about various traffic and civil matters over those 12 years.

    I’ve had so much experience with hiring and listening to attorneys that my brain is still hardwired to “never consent to anything”. I was in an auto accident in ’98 that left me with a broken neck, broken shoulder, 3 fingers cut off, and lacerations to my face and neck; it was one of the few times in my life (before I got clean) that I would have passed a sobriety blood test and apparently I refused to let them test even though I do not remember being asked to consent.

    Even in my sobriety, I don’t seem to be able to stop myself. I was pulled over on I20 a couple of years ago. After the officer ran my name, he asked if I minded if he searched my car. What came out of my mouth was “actually I do mind” even though I knew there was nothing to find. I immediately told him “just do it and get it over with, but beware it’s very messy in there”.

    My advice to you is find your niche. Figure out which division of law you are passionate about: constitutional, international, criminal, civil, family law (divorces, wills, estate planning) and get good at it. All of my attorneys were well-known for being good at whatever I retained them to do. My criminal defense attorneys were rock stars at criminal defense. Find your passion and learn it backwards and forwards; network with other attorneys in that field (both within and outside of your geographical area, I’ve asked attorneys in Louisiana for recommendations for attorneys in texas). Network with people in related fields; my criminal defense attorneys all had bail bondsmen they used exclusively, and bail bondsmen generally know which lawyer’s house in town is “the house that drugs built because that’s the one that specializes in drug cases; they’ll also know which attorney is great at defending capital cases or violent crimes or whatever. If you decide women’s issues are your passion, find the NGOs that work with victims of domestic violence and female addicts. Find your passion, learn it well, and immerse yourself in it; if you can do that, you’ll be hiring help for sure.

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