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6 Types of Lawyers who can Help you in Legal Matters

The legal field has become highly specialized with specific types of lawyers managing different types of cases.

Some years ago we would only hear of civil and criminal lawyers. But today there are personal injury lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers, immigration lawyers, etc.

The reason for this specialization is the complexities of each type of case. The laws for a case involving tax laws will be quite different from those for a divorce case. Therefore, some lawyers specialize in a particular type of law and represent clients in cases about the specific type of law.

Types of Lawyers you must Know about:

  • General Practice Lawyers

    These are not specialist lawyers but have a good idea of different types of laws and can represent clients in a variety of legal matters. It is a good idea to check if the attorney is experienced in handling cases in the specific type of law you are looking for. In certain cases, general practice lawyers may advise on the legal course you should take. General practice e attorneys may even refer you to a specialist lawyer if required.

  • Social Security Disability Lawyer

    Social Security Disability lawyers know and are experienced in managing issues involving social security disability laws. They can help you in matters like assisting you with eligibility issues, launching appeals against a decision to deny you social security benefits, or reduction of benefits, or any other issue about social security disability laws.

  • Contract Lawyers

    Contract lawyers are experts in terms of different types of contracts. They can help you draft a contract law or if there is a dispute in the contract you may have signed. Contract lawyers can read between the lines in the contract and guide you as to whether or not you should sign a contract or not.

  • Family Lawyers

    These lawyers have the expertise in divorce laws and related matters. They can help you with aspects like child custody, spousal support, prenuptial agreement, etc. Family lawyers represent the best interests of their clients in such cases by negotiating with the opposing attorneys.

  • Tax Lawyers

    If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law in a tax case, you should consult an attorney who specializes in tax laws. A tax lawyer understands the intricacies of State, Federal, and local laws and can suggest the best course of action for you.

  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer

    It is not uncommon for doctors to be accused of medical malpractice. Doctors may be accused of wrong treatment or inaccurate diagnosis. In such cases, only a medical malpractice lawyer can help you because he has the expertise in the relevant laws and understands medical terminology.

  • Immigration Lawyers

    These lawyers specialize in matters related to immigration like visas, citizenship, etc. These laws keep changing. Therefore, it is recommended that you hire an attorney who is experienced in such matters and updated with the latest amendments in the immigration laws.

Besides these, there are several other types of lawyers who can help you with specific legal issues. Many a time, a legal issue might require an interplay of different types of laws. Hence, it is recommended that you engage the services of a law firm with different types of lawyers.

Johnson & Autrey Law Firm is one of the best law firms in North Dakota and Minnesota with experienced lawyers in different fields.

Peeking into the Courtroom-What happens in a Court Trial?

We love to watch court cases in TV serials and movies because they are interesting and most of the time we see the “good guy” win over the “bad guy.”

However, the reality is not exactly how it is presented on the screen! And, if we were to get involved in a legal battle, it can be quite difficult to deal with!

Here are a few facts about a court trial that one can familiarize with:

What is a Court Trial?

A court trial is a structured process where the prosecutor presents the facts of the case to a jury and judge in a courtroom in an endeavor to prove the defendant in the case guilty of the charges against him/her.

The prosecutor substantiates his case with the help of evidence and witnesses to prove the defendant guilty.

The defendant is represented by an attorney who tells his side of the story and supports it with the evidence and witnesses who back the defendant.

There is a jury of 8 to 12 people comprising of local citizens. The jury decides whether the defendant is guilty or not based on the evidence presented.

The judge decides what evidence can/cannot be admitted in the courtroom. He also assesses the verdict of the jury based on legal aspects. In some cases, the judge has the power to overturn the ruling of the jury.

What Happens in a Court Trial?

  • Step 1: Opening Statement

    A court trial begins with opening statements by both attorneys. The prosecuting attorney makes his opening statement first where he presents the sequence of events in brief and how the defendant is responsible for the crime/wrongdoing. The lawyer of the defendant then makes his opening statement where he outlines his representation of how the crime was committed and the defendant is not guilty.

    The opening statements are precise and indicate what the lawyers intend to prove during the trial. No evidence or witness is presented during the opening statement.

  • Step 2: Presentation of the Case

    The prosecutor calls his witnesses on the stand and begins the direct examination where he asks relevant questions that bring about answers that prove the guilt of the defendant. The defense attorney cross-examines the witnesses in an attempt to prove that they do not point to the guilt of his client.

    The prosecutor may also present the documentary, video, or digital evidence to support his case. The defense lawyer can challenge any of this evidence.

    After the prosecutor’s presentation, the defense attorney can present his witnesses and go for a direct examination to prove the innocence of his client. The defense attorney can cross-examine these witnesses to prove his point.

    Both attorneys have the right to raise objections during the direct or cross-examinations.

  • Step 3: Closing Arguments

    After both lawyers have presented the case, both attorneys give their closing arguments which are more like a summary of their entire presentation. Each lawyer presents his closing statement to the jury asking them to give the verdict of guilty/not guilty.

If you need to fight a legal battle either as a plaintiff or defendant in a case, trust the lawyers at Johnson & Autrey Law Firm! We have a team of experienced lawyers who can represent clients in different types of cases.

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