If you are dealing with legal claim issues, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with an attorney who is qualified to help you in the area of law you need help with. It is important to find an attorney who is licensed to practice near where you live or in the jurisdiction your claim has been, or is going to be, filed. A problem that many people have with this, is being able to find an attorney who fits this description and to find one who is especially suited to the particulars of their claim.

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A key way to help yourself in your quest for finding an attorney is to be informed.

The information here and on subsequent pages is intended to provide general information that may help you to make more informed decisions on finding an attorney who is right for you. It is important that you find an attorney who is licensed to practice in the jurisdiction and area of law that your claim falls under because only they can legally provide legal advice. This website is intended to be helpful information but only information.

Determine the Kind of Lawyer or Attorney You Will Need

There are different branches of law and many, many, many different kinds of lawyers and areas of legal practice. Many lawyers focus on a one or a few different practice areas and will likely have had these be the focus for the bulk of their career thus far. A new lawyer may not have found their niche yet but there is a good chance that within a few years of practice, they will.

Attorney vs Lawyer

Many countries make clear distinctions between an attorney and a lawyer but the United States is not one of them.

The slight distinction between the terms lawyer and attorney has to do with licensing but the terms are often used interchangeably, with very little distinction between the two in the U.S.

When someone has successfully completed law school in the United States they are considered a lawyer because they are learned and trained in the law but they may not actually practice law. An attorney is a lawyer who has passed a bar exam and is licensed to practice law. Technically, an attorney is always also a lawyer whereas a lawyer is not necessarily an attorney but in the U.S., many people use the terms interchangeably.

An attorney has to have passed the bar exam in the jurisdiction where they want to practice law and provide legal representation to those who need it. While it is not necessary, there are many attorneys who have passed more than one bar exam and can practice law in more than one state.    

Verifying if a Lawyer is Licensed

When you are searching for an attorney and you see the term lawyer, there is a good chance that they are in fact licensed to practice the kind of law advertised but before you pay any money or sign any agreements, it is a good idea to make sure of this. It is easy to look up whether or not an attorney is licensed by using state bar websites to look up whether or not they are licensed to practice in that state.

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