Introduction to “For Lawyers”Diane Drain2020-08-06T20:45:42-07:00
INTENDED ONLY FOR LAWYERS
This Section is intended to offer a sampling of basic and generic legal information for lawyers, not for the general public.
Attorneys – some important notes:
DON’T HIRE OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS
I plead with you not to hire outside contractors to prepare your client’s bankruptcy documents, your clients deserve better. There are serious ethical and malpractice issues involved by contracting out your obligation to provide your client competent and timely legal advice.
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH
Bankruptcy is a very complicated interplay of several laws and should not be undertaken without adequate representation (that means you know what you are doing or having access to a mentor who does). The information in this site is provided as a courtesy and may not apply to your client’s situation. It is important that you do your own research and do not reply on the timeliness or accuracy of anything in this site.
THE COMPLEXITY OF LAW
The practice of law becomes more complex each day. The day of the attorney who “does it all” is rapidly waning. Not because one attorney cannot provide good legal and practical advice in several areas of law, but because they probably should not given how much the law is changing in almost every area. Depending on the years of practice there could be exceptions to this general rule.
Each day there are new laws, new court decisions, new policies or administrative procedures that directly influence existing laws. Each of these changes impact other areas of law. For instance, a change in the tax law affects bankruptcy or real estate law, or a federal court decision directly impacts existing state laws.
ABUNDANCE OF LEGAL INFORMATION
Today the sheer amount of legal information that must be known for even one practice area can fill hundreds of books. This is the reason why lawyers now focus on certain practice areas and co-counsel with other lawyers in more complex matters.
LINK TO US SUPREME COURT CASES
Site has audios (and transcripts) of the U.S. Supreme Court hearings as early as the 1950s. ALL of the US Supreme Court cases are listed by term with a case synopsis and other information. The website is free