The Lawyer Business Coach: Humor Means Health! Are Lawyers ‘Legal Eagles’ Or ‘Legal Beagles’?

Yes, I’m a lawyer. Please don’t hold it against me. Many people don’t like lawyers. They say they seldom return phone calls. Others complain that they charge too much money. Many say they don’t speak plain English, and instead speak what is sometimes called ‘legal gobbledegook.’ Some even think lawyers are all crooks.

Many people think lawyers should be eliminated altogether. But America loves lawyers. We have more lawyers, per capita here, than any other nation in the world. When I passed the bar and started law practice, the registration number I was assigned was 2,386. That’s how many lawyers there were in Colorado, USA. If I were to tell you how many Colorado lawyers there are today you wouldn’t believe me and you would think I was lying. By the way, you do know how to tell if a lawyer is lying don’t you? If his mouth is moving.

Again, many people think lawyers should be eliminated altogether. Shakespeare, in Hamlet, has the line, “The first order of business should be to kill all the lawyers.” Heaven forbid! Pogo, our cartoon philosopher friend, gave us an alternative: “Let’s just shorten their legal pads.” This sounds like a much more realistic idea to me. Doesn’t it to you too?

I write different types of articles: business, spiritual, and human development. I call myself ‘The Lawyer Business Coach,’ and ‘The Gospel Coach.’ Most people can understand me writing law-business articles. But many can’t understand me writing spiritual articles. I’ve had people say, “How can you be a lawyer, and a Christian too? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?”

At a funeral service the minister said, “Here lies a lawyer, and a good Christian man.” One fellow asked the minister: “Did they bury two men in the same grave?” But, yes, I do write spiritual articles. My focus is living daily life in the power of the finished work of the gospel of Jesus.

My purpose in these humor articles is simply to give you a greater fondness for us lawyers. Maybe just a greater tolerance for us? Take your pick. Don’t forget to hug your lawyer today. On second thought, maybe that’s not such a good idea. Ignore that counsel.

Remember, lawyers are people too. Well, at least most of us. And at least most of the time. Whichever is greater. Or least. Or perhaps both.

Those Legal EAGLES (or is that ‘BEAGLES’?)

Lawyers are the legal eagles of society! We are the custodians of liberty!! We are the protectors of the people!!! We are the stalwarts of justice!!!! We are the upholders of the Constitution!!!!! And if you believe this, then I also have some ocean-front property in Denver, Colorado I want to sell you too.

We all know what an eagle is. It’s a large, gorgeous, strong bird that is the symbol of America herself. We lawyers like to consider ourselves legal eagles. We also all know what beagles are. It is defined as a dog who is a small hound, with a smooth, lavish coat, short legs and drooping ears. They also have a wide throat, and produce a deep growl or fierce bark. This describes a lot of lawyers I know.

It’s Hard For Lawyers To Stay Motivated

It’s especially hard for us lawyers to stay motivated because of all the negative lawyer jokes we hear all the time. I wish people would go back to Pollock jokes. But then I’m not so sure about this either, because Sir Frederick Pollock was a famous English lawyer barrister, and jurist.

I feed myself this stuff because it’s so hard for us lawyers to stay motivated. That is, unless we are suing someone. Why? Because we lawyers are the most enthusiastically negative people in the world. But it’s not without cause.

In defense of lawyers (most of whom need a lot of defense), do you have any idea how difficult it is to stay motivated, enthusiastic, or ‘up’ when you face one negative person or situation after another, hour after hour, all day long?

Law offices are negative, because they consist of lawyers. Also, a lawyers’ secretary is often down in the bumps because of her boss. After all, how would you feel if you were a legal secretary and you were ready to leave work for the day. You pop your head into your bosses’ office and say, “Hey boss, have a good day!” He snarls back at you: “Don’t tell ME what to do!”

That’s how it is in most lawyers’ offices. Wouldn’t this negative atmosphere rub off on you too if you had to work in it constantly?

Of course, clients are usually negative because of the things they are facing – criminal matters, traffic violations, divorces, bankruptcies, corporate problems, contract breeches, and many, many other types of things. When you’re a lawyer, you must handle those negative clients – and then fight with other lawyers and judges on top of that.

At the end of the case you often have to fight your client to collect your fee. Especially if you lose! What a business. It is no wonder lawyers are negative people.

Practicing law is a lot like practicing prostitution. In both cases, the value of services rendered drastically declines – once those services have been performed. It’s because clients don’t like to pay once services have been performed that makes many lawyers collect their fees in advance.

So, we lawyers spend all of our days fighting with everyone we come into contact with. Then we spend our nights worried about the next day’s activities. And you thought being a lawyer was just a lot of fun and games, didn’t you?

Next time we’ll talk about the mixed messages that lawyers often give people.

Benefits of Law Transcription Services

Quality law transcription services ensure an array of benefits for legal professionals and law firms. The significant advantage is that these services enable legal professionals to maintain error-free and updated textual copies of important legal dictations in their practices. These documents can be easily retrieved for reference at any point of time.

Benefits of Law Transcription Services – An Overview

Legal practices and law firms have to manage a series of legal proceedings on a regular basis. Amidst their busy schedule, legal professionals most often might not get enough time to devote for transcription. Entrusting their law documentation tasks to a reliable legal transcription company would allow them to complete the documentation procedures and get the transcripts updated quickly. Well coordinated law transcription services offered by established transcription companies ensure legal practices benefits such as:

Reduce documentation workload: Professional transcription services considerably reduce the documentation workload of legal professionals. These services save precious time and effort, and help them focus more on core processes.

Avoid file backlogs: As the dictations are transcribed by experts on a regular basis, legal practitioners can easily avoid file backlogs.

Save additional expenses: Through outsourcing their core documentation tasks, legal entities can save the huge expenses that would be otherwise required to maintain the infrastructure, resources, manpower and technology to perform the transcription jobs in-house.

Improve efficiency and productivity: Reduced workload considerably enhances the efficiency of legal professionals and their supporting workforce, which would definitely make the practice more professional and productive, and improve its reputation.

Law reports in convenient file formats: Efficient legal transcription services help lawyers and attorneys maintain transcribed law reports in easy-to-use electronic file formats or as hard copies. The records would be kept well-organized and can be easily retrieved as and when needed.

Ideal Transcription Solutions for all Legal Documents

Outsourcing companies strive to deliver quality transcription services that precisely match the specific documentation needs of legal entities. To offer professional law enforcement transcription services in a modern infrastructure, most firms utilize advanced transcription technology, software utilities and services of experienced transcription experts and quality controllers. The transcription specialists in these firms are highly skilled and provide secure and accurate services. They can efficiently handle dictations provided in any file format such as digital audio files, digital video files, audio CDs, micro cassette tapes, cassette tapes, DVDs and more. These experts offer reliable transcription solutions for the following legal documents:

• Legal pleadings
• Law enforcement field dictation
• Memorandum letters
• Court transcripts
• Private investigations
• Depositions
• Hearings
• Client letters
• Interrogations
• Reports
• Wire-taps
• Briefs
• Surveillance reports, and more

Excellent Document Accuracy Rate

Transcription services offered by a reputable legal transcription company ensure your transcribed documents an accuracy rate of 99%. Their professional services also feature:

• Convenient dictation options: Digital recorder dictation, Toll free phone dictation
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• Rapid turnaround time
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Outsource to an Established Company

When planning to outsource their law transcription tasks, legal entities must necessarily utilize the services of an established legal transcription company. The services offered by such a firm can assure you many benefits in terms of reliability, quality, pricing structure and instant response.

Hiring the Best Lawyer for Your Business

As a business owner, you understand the importance of hiring a lawyer that will best represent the interests of your business. You probably also have realized that choosing a lawyer is not the easiest task. The following tips will help ensure that you find the best lawyer for your business:

1. Research carefully and thoroughly to find the right legal expert. You want a lawyer that has an interest in your business and a desire to help you. Ask trustworthy professionals (i.e. accountants, bankers, other business-owners, etc.) around you for referrals. You might even consider checking with your state Bar association for a list of lawyers who specialize in business representation. When searching for the right lawyer ask for the lawyer’s references, and don’t hesitate to fact-check or call their references.

2. Interview a prospective lawyer. While good references are important, you shouldn’t base your final decision on what other people tell you. Most lawyers will charge a consultation fee, but realize that this is a small amount to pay to ensure that you choose the right lawyer to represent your business’ needs. When meeting with lawyer:

a. Be sure they have the right knowledge and experience to help you with your business’ particular needs. Ask lots of questions about how long they have been practicing, their specialties (i.e. bankruptcy, patent, merger and acquisition lawyer, etc.), past cases, etc.

b. Discuss legal fees and costs, how you will be billed, and what you are expected to pay.

c. Don’t rush the interview be sure that the lawyer has an adequate understanding of your business and your industry.

d. Find out their availability and how accessible they will be to help you when you need them.

e. Make sure they know that it is not acceptable for them to turn your case over to a legal assistant after your retainer is paid.

f. Ask to see samples of the types of legal forms that may be used for your business in the case that you may need your lawyer to prepare contracts and legal forms for you.

3. Once you’ve chosen a lawyer, be sure not to dump all of your problems on them at once. Instead, work with your lawyer to determine a strategy to tackle your questions and problems and don’t expect the lawyer to do everything for you. It is important that you do the things you are able to do, and let your lawyer do the things that he or she is there to do. That way you are both working together and on the same page.

Tips to Finding the Best Lawyers for Your Unique Case

At some point in your life you may find you need a lawyer to help you get through a difficult case where charges are brought against you. This doesn’t mean that you have committed a crime, maybe you’re going through a divorce or a nasty custody battle, maybe you have been fined for DUI or maybe you were caught vandalizing someone’s home, whatever the reason it’s important you find the best person that can handle your case and help you reach a good resolution.

The best place to find a lawyer is through word of mouth. Family or friends who have required legal services will be able to provide you with the name or law firm they used. The great thing about using word of mouth is that you know that your family and friends won’t recommend anyone who didn’t provide them with a professional service and a good resolution.

If you haven’t got family and friends who have required this type of legal service, then it’s time to go onto the internet and start your search. Of course you are looking for a reputable law firm in your local area, it’s essential they are located in your state because each state has different legislations, so your lawyer must be registered in the state where the trial or case is being handled.

During your search you are looking for firms that have bar associations. See what bar associations they are members of, such as the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, for example. This is an indicator that you are looking at a company with a good and reliable service who should be dedicated to their clients and will work with you for a favorable outcome.

The next thing to look for as you go through the selection of law firms working in your local area is to determine their track record. Many firms will advertise their successes on their website, but if you can’t find anything, don’t be shy to call them and ask them about their track record to ensure they have worked on a case similar to yours or of the same nature.

Always check to see what the lawyer’s specialty is. Not all law firms work in the same law, some will provide criminal law services while others may offer public liability law services. It’s imperative to ensure that the firm you choose has extensive experience in your sector of the law to enable them to provide you with the best service and hopefully a favorable outcome.

The lawyers you choose should be dedicated to providing you with the best possible service and should be with you every step of the way from pre-trial to the court proceedings, if it goes that far. They should work hard to come to a resolution before your case reaches court, though of course this isn’t always possible. If your case goes to court, they should have experience with trials, questioning witnesses and making winning opening and closing statements.

Your team should always be able to answer your questions quickly, there shouldn’t be any hesitation in giving you all the answers you need to help put your mind at ease when going through this difficult time.

The lawyers should remain professional at all times. They should offer you years of experience and knowledge and keep you informed of your case at all times, ensuring you are always kept in the loop and understand what to expect in terms of your own case. There are many outcomes and your team should ensure that you are aware of the possible outcomes, so you are not left surprised when the case comes to a close.

New CDC Report On Seat Belts

Seat belt laws were created fairly recently in the United States, and their implementation has varied across states and vehicles-the consequences of which have proven detrimental on numerous occasions. One night last fall, a father and his daughter were traveling down a San Diego highway when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle and swerved into oncoming traffic. His daughter was ejected and died at the scene of the accident. The vehicle, a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle, had never been outfitted with safety belts, nor was the father ever required by law to install any. Given the strong relationship between occupant protection and the use of safety belts his daughter may have survived the accident had she been wearing one.

An estimated 12,713 lives were saved by seat belts in 2009. Moreover, more than 72,000 fatalities were prevented between the years of 2005 and 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California, 574 of the 1,963 vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle collisions in 2008 were not wearing any safety equipment, according to the California Highway Patrol’s accident statistics. As much as drivers who “buckle up” have improved the safety of motor vehicles, there were no laws mandating their use until New York enacted the first one in 1984. In the following years, every other state would follow, except for one: New Hampshire.

Seat belt laws fall into two categories: primary and secondary. In states where primary laws are in effect, law enforcement officials may stop a vehicle and issue a citation when either a driver or a passenger is not wearing a belt. An officer may only issue a citation for not wearing a safety belt after the vehicle has been pulled over for another violation in states with secondary laws. “Currently, 31 states, including California, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have primary seat belt laws, and 18 states have secondary laws”, explains Jim Ballidis, a California personal injury lawyer.

Compliance has been higher in states with primary laws than in those with secondary laws, according to NHTSA. A recent telephone survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed NHTSA’s finding: drivers in California, Oregon, and Washington-all states with primary laws-reported the highest seat-belt use in the country. Coming in first place was Oregon, where 94% of the people surveyed claimed to be seat-belt wearers, followed by California with 93.2%, and Washington State with 92%. Surprisingly, New Hampshire did not rank the lowest. Whereas 66.4% of people surveyed there said they always use a safety belt, only 59.2% of people in North Dakota reported the same.

As seat-belt use has increased, the number of vehicle occupant fatalities has decreased, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS). The recent CDC study noted a similar correlation between seat-belt use and injuries resulting from accidents: between 2001 and 2009, the injury rate among motor vehicle occupants decreased by 16%, while between 2002 and 2008, the number of people using buckling up rose from 81% to 85%.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5-34 in the United States. Safety belts have the potential to reduce the risk of fatal injuries during a crash by approximately 45%, according to the CDC. Considering these two facts, everyone should buckle up.