The Most Common Areas Of Law Practice
It should come as no surprise; there are many different types of law. It is up to each individual attorney to decide on which area or areas of law he or she will ultimately practice.
In todays fast paced world, four of the most common areas of practice continue to be personal injury, family law, immigration and criminal defense. Many of the most successful law firms have achieved this success by specializing in litigation and trial strategies, encompassing these areas.
Personal Injury Law. Personal injury law covers MANY types of injuries as well as the worst case scenario, wrongful death. These injuries include but are not limited to: birth injuries, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, slip and fall, vehicle accidents (auto, train, bus, ATV, motorcycle, bicycle, airplane) and injuries caused by defective products.
They are caused by the negligence of someone or something and are subject to recoverable damages. The court grants these damages based on facts such as pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of earnings, emotional distress, property damage and lost earning capacity.
Family Law. In many states, family law cases require more court time (and billable hours) than any other kind of case. In reality this area of law covers much more than divorce. It also focuses on prenuptial agreements, domestic violence, separation agreements, property distribution, custody, alimony, child neglect and spousal support.
Family law attorneys are especially mindful of the delicate situations associated with the cases they take on. The feelings of all who are involved are continuously taken into consideration. As a result, struggling families can rest assured that they will receive the best representation possible.
Immigration Law. Because of frequent changes in the law, firms who deal with immigration cases are more than a little knowledgeable on the subject. They have to be.(It is interesting to note that, in the United States, Congress exercises complete authority over immigration laws.)
Immigration law can get quite complicated, depending on the individual situation. Firms practicing this type of law can assist with cases related to: U.S. citizenship, green cards, immigration appeals, visa refusals, business visas, fianc visas, family visas, PERM/labor certification, deportation defense, post conviction relief and more.
Every immigration petition or application should be carefully reviewed before it is submitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For optimum results, every defense court document should be prepared by a knowledgeable attorney, as well. As the saying goes Better to be safe than sorry.
Criminal Defense Law. Criminal defense is a very important (and sought after) area of law. This is due, in part, to the ever increasing number of individuals who are spending time in prison, for crimes they did not commit.
Since each case is different, criminal defense attorneys must keep abreast of the constant changes occurring with all of the laws that pertain to this area of expertise.
Law firms that handle criminal defense cases can help with drug cases, assaults, hand gun charges, theft, drunk driving, domestic violence, felony charges and sex offences.
Most offer no-cost initial consultations and recommend early intervention, in the event that individuals find themselves faced with the unsettling possibility of conviction, regardless of guilt or innocence.
The issues surrounding each of these areas of law can get very complicated. These cases are rarely cut and dry. For this reason alone, the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney or law firm is imperative.
Legal situations can be (and usually are) VERY stressful. Retaining the right legal counsel can go a long way in relieving this apprehension.
It is important to remember that an attorney or law firm has the best interest of the client at heart and will do everything in their power to rectify a bad situation.