Attorneys--What Do They Do?

By: Emilyjense
The definition of a lawyer is someone who has been trained in the law of a particular country; if they act as a legal counsel they are called legal advisors but are also commonly referred to as attorneys. The term advocate is used when a lawyer acts on behalf of the person he is representing in a courtroom; whilst they are able to appear in court to represent their clients some prefer this work more than others. As a legal advisor, their aim is to provide legal counsel; providing recommendations to clients in matters that could be civil or criminal.

Those who specialize in courtroom procedure are called trial lawyers; of particular importance in trial work is the ability to think quickly and speak with ease and authority. Trial lawyers actually spend more of their time outside the court; conducting research, interviewing clients and witnesses plus handling other details in preparation for trial.

It is difficult to get away from the law in any of its aspects; this is why lawyers have their own set of laws they must abide, to be above reproach. Some areas of law are so highly specialized that legal representatives may never have to appear in a courtroom; although they are all licensed too represent in court when required.

There are many areas now where a lawyer can specialize. Considering the number of legal representatives there are, it is surprising just how many will never be required to attend a court of law!

It is not all glamour though as much of the work involves resolving land disputes, planning licenses and land administration; although they may also be called upon to challenge or defend other civil actions.

Of course one of the cleaner areas that attorneys are involved with is intellectual property rights; it covers digital images, songs and videos; in fact anything that is available on the internet. Legal departments within insurance companies also employ specialist lawyers; they investigate the legality of insurance transactions, writing insurance policies to conform with the law and protect companies from false claims.

Despite these different areas of legislature, most attorneys will practice either civil or criminal law; criminal lawyers defend or prosecute persons charged with a crime; civil law uses their talents to argue in a civil court over claims, mortgages and other types of litigation.

Many individuals prefer very high profile, "public interest cases" both criminal and civil; this can be where a large company or government body may be involved with actions that have affected the general public. Still other lawyers use their skills working for non-profit organizations and other charitable bodies; they help to look after the legal rights of disadvantaged and less fortunate people around the world.
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