WHAT DO LAWYERS DO?

A lawyer is a person who provides legal advice to people or bodies that require it. Roles of lawyers can include (but are not limited to) preparing legal documents and interpreting the laws and regulations.

Many find their role within a law firm however many work as an in-house counsel, employed directly by a private business. Others work in the Government or the judiciary, as part of the legal system. Some even choose a life in academia, meaning they teach law or do ongoing research.

The exact type of work a lawyer does can depend on their specific niche. Read more about this below.

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WHO ARE THE BEST BUSINESS LAWYERS?

Business lawyers focus on commercial law including the provision of advice on the purchase and sales of businesses, preparing shareholder and partnership agreements and put together commercial contracts.

In Melbourne, the team at Parke provide business lawyers with experience, honesty and reliability, to ensure your commercial law needs are taken care of to the highest possible standard.

The commercial lawyer you choose should be decided by your specific needs. Are you setting up a new company? A you buying or selling commercial property? Are you going into a joint venture? Do you need business documents reviewed to ensure everything is in place from a legal perspective?

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LAWYERS?

The law is incredibly complicated and with different legislation across states, it can be hard to keep up with all the different sectors. Firms usually have dedicated experts for each area of practice. Here are some of the main types of lawyers:

Criminal Lawyer – As you’d expert, they specialise in matters to do with individuals accused of a crime. Some of the major ones include murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking and armed robbery.

Family Lawyer – Focusing on domestic matters, these experts specialise in family violence, divorce and child custody.

Litigation Lawyer – This type of law focuses on lawsuits and when clients are suing someone or being sued themselves.

Estate Lawyers – Wills and trusts are the main focus here, and an estate planner can help you write a will and legally determine who gets your assets and take care of financial needs of those closest to you.

For a comprehensive list of the different types of lawyers click here.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LAWYER AND AN SOLICITOR?

In Australia, people regularly interchange the word ‘lawyer’ for ‘attorney’ and they essentially mean the same thing. However, in the United States they are slightly different. An attorney-at-law, as it’s known fully, is someone who actually practices in a court of law and is legally qualified to prosecute and defend clients.

A lawyer is trained in law but may not actually practice it, instead they may choose to:

  • Provide legal advice to clients on many types of matters
  • Normally focus on a specific area
  • Will work directly with the client
  • Can act on your behalf as a legal representative
  • Will take advice from the client and provide appropriate services and advice

There are a number of traits lawyers should have:

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“A law is valuable, not because it is a law, but because there is right in it.”

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

“Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Colonel Van Meter

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

“To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We’re all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there is a problem the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box.”

JERRY SEINFELD