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Current Law Students / Re: Hypothetical Divorce
« on: April 17, 2008, 07:07:21 AM »
Thanks again to those who have replied.
I was posing a hypothetical situation because it was suggested. I am not trying to get anyone in trouble.

I KNOW I NEED an attorney. I have contacted several attorneys. I consulted with 2. Everyone I talked with charged a minimum of $3 K before continuing on, + over $200 an hour when that runs out. If I had the money I wouldn't be asking for help on a message board. I bought a divorce book at Books-a-Million. I went to the library and researched the Tennessee divorce laws. I have looked all over the internet.

I called the court to ask for the appropriate responsive documents. Again I was told they didn't do that - I would have to see an attorney. She gave me the Chancellor's number. I called and got the same. I said I was responding myself and she told me they would not accept it unless it was the proper form.

How do you defend yourself if the attorneys are the only ones who can properly respond?

My next step is going to the court to ask to see other divorce papers since they are of public record, as I was told by another lawyer.

I just want to know where to get the form to answer a complaint or if I type it up myself  what should be in it.

Thanks again

As others have said, answering the complaint is the easy part.  If you are struggling to answer the complaint, how are you going to respond when you get a set of interrogatories served on you or when you want to take the deposition of your wife? 

Consulting with 2 attorneys is not a large sample at all.  You need to talk to more.  Ask them about their fees up front, talk to them about payment arrangements.  You have a job with steady income, someone will work with you.  Based on what you have told us, you have a lot to lose here if this is not handled properly by a professional.  Do you want to look back in a few years and say "I was totally screwed by that other attorney, but at least I saved a few grand by representing myself?" 


Current Law Students / Re: Divorce help
« on: April 16, 2008, 02:35:19 PM »
No contingent fees for securing a divorce or alimony/support payments. 

Current Law Students / Re: Divorce help
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:32:46 AM »
No, we can't help you because we aren't allowed to practice law.  The state bar doesn't care if you agree to hold a non-lawyer harmless, they'll can still come after us for unauthorized practice of law. It is worth it for you to find a lawyer and speak with them specifically about payment arrangements.  See if they will let you pay their fee on a monthly schedule.  Call your state bar and ask them if they have a referral service for attorneys, they may be able to help you find one to fit your needs.

You need to come up with some way to pay an attorney to help you answer this complaint as soon as possible.

Again, I just want to get a law degree, I have always wanted to do it, and maybe practice law in the future but not necessarily after I graduate (why is that so incomprehensible?). Money to spent for LS to me is not an issue, and no I will not take any loans. Not all people have the same views or objectives about LS or about life (assuming that all people who to school for the same reasons is very narrow minded in my opinion), for example my cousin graduated from med school but he does not work as a doctor, he runs his father's company and loves it. I have already set my mind on starting this fall and the only question that I had was whether or not I could take the BAR a few years after LS.

You also have more time to read when you're not in law school. 

Maybe this is a crazy solution, but... if you want to live abroad, and you don't care about practicing law, but you want a legal degree...
Why not go to law school abroad?  Being a student in a foreign country is fun and it would probably be more intellectually fulfilling than being a low-level worker. 

Mommy and daddy are paying for law school so you can get the intellectual experience and then waste their money in Europe after graduation.  That must be nice. 

Current Law Students / Re: Bar review courses
« on: April 10, 2008, 04:57:53 PM »
When did PMBR become necessary?  I'm just doing Barbri and hoping that will be enough. 

I'm sure you can do this, however from what older friends tell me, it seems that legal employers are pretty easily freaked out by this kind of stuff. Don't ask me why, I'd love to do the same thing, but it may show them a lack of committment or something like that. Anyways, a bunch of people here are probably gonna get all high and mighty on you about asking this question. I say talk to some employers and see how they feel about it, because you don't want to jeopordize your career after going through all the bull of school.

Employers are worried because you should be over the "I want to see the world" stage of your life by the time you get your JD. 

Job Search / Re: Job choices
« on: April 04, 2008, 09:04:45 AM »
Getting experience that you can talk about is more important than the type of job you have.  Personally, I think the EEOC work would be more interesting to talk about in an interview, but that's just me. 

Current Law Students / Re: What Does It Mean When........
« on: March 18, 2008, 01:30:31 PM »
That probably just means that you emailed someone who doesn't have the authority to make hiring decisions.  I wouldn't take it as a sign one way or the other. 

Current Law Students / Re: Advice for soon to be law student
« on: February 21, 2008, 08:16:01 PM »
I can't speak from firsthand experience about those schools but I am a 3L at a T30 school and the good jobs are still quite competitive.  Basically you need to be at least top third, and probably top quarter to have a really decent shot at OCI success.  Outside of the T14, you're going to have to do something extra to set yourself apart from the pack.  For most people, and especially those straight out of undergrad, the only way to do that is to earn stellar grades. 

So, to answer your question, I'd say they are probably very competitive. 

Current Law Students / Re: Advice for soon to be law student
« on: February 21, 2008, 07:09:55 PM »
Unless you really know what lawyers do and what the legal industry is like and you have a burning desire to do it right away, I'd say work for a few years.  You can save up some money and won't be in such huge debt upon graduation from law school.  Law school isn't going anywhere.  If you want to go in a year or two it will still be there for you. 

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