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5 Reasons to Hire a Divorce Attorney

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Divorce is messy, complicated, and expensive. If you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse have financial assets or children, your divorce may involve a legal and financial battle that can last for years. Most people find the process to be extremely confusing, emotional, and overwhelming, but an experienced divorce lawyer can help you make it out alive. Here are the top five reasons to hire a divorce attorney:

1. You don’t know how to complete the paperwork.
Divorce involves more paperwork than you could possibly imagine. If you accidentally omit or misrepresent something on the paperwork, the repercussions will be severe. An experienced family law attorney knows how to handle the paperwork correctly and persuasively, thus potentially avoiding disaster.

2. You’re an emotional wreck.
Divorce can be like an emotional roller-coaster. An objective attorney can help you see clearly and use logic, rather than emotions, to drive your decision-making process.

3. Your finances are a mess.
Divorce usually involves a detailed financial accounting to identify the parties’ assets and financial needs. The accounting requires careful review of bank statements, credit card statements, stocks, retirement plans, deeds, mortgages, car loans, student loans, childcare expenses, household bills, and more. An attorney can help organize and review these documents so your head isn’t left spinning.

4. You don’t know your options.
A divorce lawyer can survey your situation and recommend the best options for you. For example, an experienced attorney can help you identify a fair settlement demand or reasonable counteroffer. An experienced lawyer can also advise you about your chances of prevailing in court.

5. You are unfamiliar with the law.
If you’re considering representing yourself, understand that the judge will not make exceptions for you. The judge is going to hold you to the same standard as a lawyer. Failure to follow the rules will test the judge’s patience and potentially damage your case. A divorce attorney, however, has the courtroom experience and expertise to handle your case appropriately and effectively.

In sum, having a divorce attorney can significantly increase your chances of success and reduce your stress. For most people, a divorce attorney is an absolute necessity. If you are on the verge of a divorce, you should definitely consider hiring an attorney.

3 Reasons to Attend Part-Time Law School

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Many law schools offer part-time programs for students who want to continuing working while in school. These programs allow students to earn their degrees who would otherwise would have been unable to do so. Below are three reasons to take advantage of part-time law school.

1. Minimize Student Loans
It’s no secret that law school is expensive. The cost of tuition has skyrocketed, and textbooks have never been cheap. The more you take out in student loans to cover these expenses, the costlier your degree will be after interest.
Thankfully, part-time classes help you to minimize your student loans. Part-time class mean smaller tuition bills due over four years, instead of three – thus allowing you to pay more as you go. The more you can pay in school, the less loans you will ultimately need.

2. Gain Practical Work Experience
Many full-time law students graduate without any practical work experience. Those students are often disappointed to find that potential employers are looking for graduates that can hit the ground running.

Attending part-time classes will allow you gain invaluable work experience while in law school. Your practical experience will make you more attractive to potential employers upon graduation. Your experience will also give you interesting talking points for the interview process, which can help you land a job.

picture of law school books

3. Demonstrate Work Ethic and Maturity
While full-time law students were taking a full course load for the past three years, you were out there dealing with the real world. This will demonstrate to potential employers that you are a mature, hardworking adult who can handle whatever life throws at you.
This is perhaps the most appealing advantage from a potential employer’s perspective. All employers want attorneys who can multitask, prioritize, work independently, and handle stress. Your ability to graduate from law school while working will prove that you can handle the job.

The Decision to Attend Part-time Law School
Although there are many advantages to attending part-time law school, it’s not for everyone. Part-time law programs require a lot of dedication and hard work. If you decide that it’s right for you, just remember that all of your hard work will ultimately pay off.

How Do Arrests Work

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An arrest occurs when a police officer apprehends a person suspected of committing a crime. The person under arrest is then taken into custody and they are no longer able to simply walk away. Usually, a person is arrested for being a suspect prior to being formally charged with that crime. Often, when a person is arrested they will also be formally charged. A person cannot go to court and be convicted of a crime without first being arrested and charged with it. Remember, police officers must follow set out rules when arresting a person.

When a person is being apprehended police will search that person. This is done to ensure that they are not carrying a weapon or do not have anything else on their person, like drugs or stolen items. Police may also search the property or car of the person being detained.

A person under arrest still maintains the right to not speak and to have access to an attorney at all times. Police officers must read a person their rights and grant them access to a lawyer.

guy in handcuffs

Once at the station, the police officers will officially take information like the suspects full name and date of birth. This is called being booked and the details of the person being arrested are then formally recorded. The arrested person will also have their fingerprints recorded and their photograph taken.

Then, the suspect may be formally charged with the crime they allegedly committed. The prosecutor must then decide if the apprehended person will be formally charged with committing a crime or not.

If the charges are successfully filed, then that person will need to appear in court. The charges against the alleged criminal will be read out to the courtroom and they have to state if they plead guilty or not guilty.

Depending on the nature of the crime, the person charged may be able to apply for bail. This means that person would pay a set amount of money to the court to get out of jail and ensure that they will go to all mandatory court dates. If bail is refused, that person will stay in police custody until the trial concludes!

Here is another neat article on arrests and how they work. I also wanted to share this video about arrests and excessive force.