The legal industry’s chock full of possibilities, believe it or not. There was a time when your typical Sarasota attorney (back in the day, they would’ve just been called “barristers” or “solicitors”) basically handled anything regarding the law.
The Growth of the Legal Industry
As time passed, it turned out that the law was meant to evolve continuously. We now have a ton of different niches in the legal field in which a Sarasota attorney can specialize:
- Family Law
- Criminal La
- Bankruptcy Law
- Tort Law
- Tax Law
- Immigration Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Real Estate Law
- Labor Law
- Human Rights Law
- Business Law
And even within these niches are targeted sub-niches, such as with Criminal Law:
- Gang Violence
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Trafficking
- Criminal Sex Conduct
And there’s a Sarasota attorney out there for every single sub-niche.
What about Family Law? That can’t be that much of a variety. But it is. Not every family Sarasota attorney is the same. Under that niche, you have….
- Juvenile Delinquency
Depending on the type of Family Law case, the kind of Sarasota attorneys you’re going to look for will be a lot different in the Juvenile field versus the divorce field, just to let you know.
Take a look at bankruptcy, too. One would think that all bankruptcy Sarasota attorneys operate the same. But they don’t. There are Chapter 7 Sarasota attorneys, and then there are Chapter 13 attorneys out there, and they all handle the laws differently because there are certain types of bankruptcy that operate under different requirements.
Again, it’s pretty obvious: the entire legal field is so varied that a prospective client would have a pretty difficult time figuring out which Sarasota attorneys to focus on.
Understanding the Basic Roles of Sarasota Attorneys
Most people think that Sarasota attorneys – all attorneys throughout the United States – simply focus on litigation in the courtroom. It’s always about arguing a point, making a case, defending someone.
This applies to Tort Law and Criminal Law, and in some cases Family Law. And it’s probably the most basic of functions every Sarasota attorney performs. From the very beginning when someone was charged with a crime, it was the law to allow the accused the right to representation, having someone speak on her behalf. That’s the basis for a Criminal Law or Tort Law Sarasota attorney.
When it comes to Tort Law, the same representation exists only as a means not to defend but to – for lack of a better term – demand a settlement amount of money for compensation entitled to a client for some kind of wrong committed.
Tort Law involves wrongs committed outside of criminal matters. For instance: personal injury, wrongful death, unemployment denial. People on a daily basis will hire a Sarasota attorney specializing in civil lawsuits on a variety of reasons –
- Professional Malpractice
- Car Accidents
- Product Defects
- Libel and Slander
- Mental Anguish
- Emotional Distress
Any citizen can use it for just about anything.
Likewise, any citizen can hire their own Sarasota attorneys to represent those facing lawsuits, defending them from having to pay money for a settlement.
Other Roles of Sarasota Attorneys
But Sarasota attorneys don’t just defend or prosecute. The basics of law require that a Sarasota attorney do several of these –
- File Documents
Under all niches of the legal industry, this is common ground for every Sarasota attorney. You see these functions of Sarasota attorneys in these particular niches:
- Divorce Petitions
- Bankruptcy Filings
- Real Estate Transactions
- Business Contracts
Sometimes an attorney won’t even need to step into a courtroom. When a divorce has been uncontested, the only reason for even hiring a lawyer would be to simply file the petition with the court and then await the judgment.
On the subject of bankruptcy, a person would hire a lawyer specializing in Bankruptcy Law for the particular chapter in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code….
- Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
- Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
- Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
- Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
- Chapter 12 Bankruptcy
- Chapter 15 Bankruptcy
Just to file the appropriate paperwork, inform the client of the liquidation plan or repayment plan, and go from there. There’s no argument necessary if the requirements for bankruptcy have been met. The lawyer simply handles all the legwork for document and paperwork filing, and that’s it.
In regard to property transactions and even landlord-tenant rental agreements, everyone knows that contracts hold an element of the law. Contracts are legal documents. Therefore, attorneys enforce such documents if necessary.
That’s actually the purpose of a real estate attorney is to simply oversee the whole transaction, draft up contracts if necessary, make sure the client is informed of all the rights the client deserves, explain any of the stipulations on the contract if necessary, speak for the client in case there’s anything legally missing in the contract, and then sign off on the document so that it’s legal.
Mergers and acquisitions for business, too, are the same. The legal ramifications of either dissolving a company or combining a company would have to be mediated and looked at by a qualified attorney. Issues such as:
- Employment Retention
- Company Policies
- Reorganization of Staff