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What is a lawyer and what do they do????


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David M.’s Answer

Most people think lawyers just fight with other lawyers. There are many different types of lawyers. You can be a lawyer who represents a client who is in trouble with the law (criminal law), or you can represent clients who have been harmed and want to sue someone else (like when someone leaves something dangerous in front of their house or apartment and then someone else trips over it and hurts themself). But many lawyers also just help people get things done. A lawyer can help an immigrant get the right visa to remain in the country. Or a lawyer can help a company make sure it complies with the law (for example, a company that makes medicines has a lot of laws to comply with to make sure the medicine is safe to be sold). A lawyer might help one company buy another company and do all the paperwork and contracts. Or a lawyer can help someone get a divorce. Or write a will. There are many many things that lawyers do.

So you see that there are many different types of lawyers, and in general they help other people who have problems that need to be solved and that require an understanding of the law, or bringing something to a court.

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David’s Answer

What is a lawyer and what do they do? Lawyers advise individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes, and represent them in court and legal transactions. Also called attorneys, lawyers inform their clients about their legal rights and obligations, and help steer them through the complexities of the law. Simple as that, a Lawyer went through schooling to help apply legal rights and obligations, legal issues and disputed, and help represent their clientele in court or legal representation when they are accuse for legal issues. There is also a lot of different aspect and field in law so don't think it just what you see on tv, while there are way more than you thing which you can google about it.

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fred’s Answer

I am not a lawyer, but my wife is. There are many different kinds of lawyers, and they do different thing,
but basically they are experts in the law. Most will specialize in a specific field. I know lawyers who
prosecute accused criminals, others who defend accused criminals. Some represent people who are
suing companies for various reasons, others defend those companies.

I have lawyer friends who help people write wills and create trusts. Others help settle bills when someone can't pay.
Another friend is an expert on tax law, and helps people/companies navigate the changes to those laws every
year. Some went on to become judges. Another quit being a lawyer and opened a comic book shop.

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Fiona’s Answer

It is not always what you see on TV!
There are many many different types of law you can practice. It often also depends where you are located. I practice in Hong Kong, and have been for the last 10 years, although I did my studies in New Zealand.
Here, the system is split up between solicitors and barristers (usually court work). Solicitors at the international firms would often specialise in corporate finance given Hong Kong is an international finance centre. This will involve e.g. mergers and acquisition deals, syndicated loan deals, debt market bond deals, initial public offerings etc. The local (smaller) firms may specialise in commercial, family, conveyancing matters etc.
They are vastly different in both the work nature and culture of the work place.

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