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What Does an Attorney Do?

Attorneys provide legal services. They have a license to do this within a particular geographical location, and often chose to specialize in one aspect of law. For example, there are tax attorneys and divorce attorneys, while others may decide to put their efforts into mastering criminal law.

Attorneys act as as the legal advocate of any person or entity, including companies or organization. They must then preserve their best interests in any legal matter, working so that they achieve the most desirable resolution as can be found under law. To do this effectively, attorneys must not only have extensive knowledge of the law, but should also have a good working relationship with the client. The client must provide him with all facts, or what is called “full disclosure.”

It is very difficult for an attorney to be a jack of all trades. The law is quite tricky and the attorney must be fully versed in previous cases that may set a precedent or act as a guide in the client’s situation. Many times the attorney must also be familiar with the procedures and possible obstacles in a case. He will also become quite sensitive to the particular “style” of other attorneys in that field, and (like a good game of chess) be able to anticipate the opponent’s moves.

Attorneys can also assist clients in private affairs such as preparing a last will and testament. Clients can also endow them with a temporary “power of attorney” which will enable them to do things like create a trust fund for a family member, or establishing a plea for bankruptcy. Attorneys are also entrusted to make contracts and other important documents for sales and transfer of assets.

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