Lawyer FAQs:

Q: Is a lawyer a person who practices law?

A: Yes, as an advocate, barrister, attorney, counselor, solicitor, not as a paralegal or charter executive secretary.

Q: Are lawyers always free to form voluntary associations of their own?

A: Yes, and apart from any licensing or mandatory membership that may be required by the laws of their jurisdiction.

Q: Are lawyers allowed to provide such services?

A: Yes, in both Italy and Belgium, trade unions and political parties provide what can be characterized as legal aid services.

Q: Is a lawyer usually permitted to carry out all or nearly all the responsibilities listed below?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lawyers admitted to regional bars and may appear for clients before all courts nationwide with the exception of the Federal Court of Justice of Germany?

A: Yes, oddly, securing admission to the BGH's bar limits a lawyer's practice solely to the supreme federal courts and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

Q: Are lawyers paid for their work in a variety of ways?

A: Yes.

Q: Were lawyers expected first and foremost to serve the state?

A: Yes, and the availability of counsel for private litigants was an afterthought.

Q: Are lawyers general practitioners who will take almost any kind of case that walks in the door?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lawyers the State Bar of California?

A: Yes, and with 230,000 members.

Q: Are lawyers twice as likely to suffer from addiction to alcohol and other drugs?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a lawyer optional and banks?

A: Yes, and title companies, or realtors may be used instead.

Q: Are lawyers compensated by the government for legal aid cases on a per-case basis?

A: Yes.

Q: Were lawyers common in both England and the United States in the 1840s?

A: Yes, and Germany in the 1910s, and in Australia, Canada, the United States, and Scotland in the 1980s.

Q: Are lawyers carefully defined and hard to cross?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lawyers familiar with the court's customs and procedures?

A: Yes, and make the legal system more efficient for all involved.