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You might hire a lawyer to:

  • Prosecute or defend people who face criminal charges
  • Handle divorce cases, helping to settle and/or litigate issues of child custody, alimony, child support, property dispensation, etc.

  • Determine the legal rights, obligations, and duties for individuals considered aliens

  • Assist individuals or organizations that declare bankruptcy
  • Render advice regarding employer-employee relationship issues
  • Handle an accident or personal injury claim

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a law school accredited by association relevant to country of employment, like the American Bar Association (ABA) Highly effective communication skills
Bar certification relevant to state of employment (or equivalent)
Outstanding storytelling and public speaking abilities
Experience in corporate or business law The ability to review and understand a complex profit and loss (P&L) and cash flow statement
Litigation experience Ability to communicate in more than one language
Extremely detail oriented with ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines Persuasive and clear legal writing skills
Strong organizational and project management skills Persistence