Local counsel work is a great source of local business when you are considering opening your own law practice.
I knew what I wanted to do when I started my career as an attorney in a medium-sized firm. As a lawyer, I am familiar with many areas, including corporate law, family, criminal, estate, and real estate law. These courses are offered at almost every American law school. If you are a member of a private law firm, you’ll likely work in one or more these areas.
One way to practice law is to be asked by a client to solve a legal problem. You will be hired by a person or entity to assist them in their personal, business or family legal problems. This is the most common way for lawyers to work.
One surprise many lawyers discover when they begin practicing law after graduating from law school is the fact that other lawyers and businesses often hire lawyers outside of their firm to represent them at a local hearing. Local counsel is a term that describes this concept.
Two types of local counsel work are available:
(1) A firm that is located in your jurisdiction but far away (like in another city) hires me;
(2) A firm that is not in your jurisdiction, but which is usually located in another state, hires you.
These two scenarios are where lawyers and/or law companies will hire a lawyer to represent them in court. The hiring firm can hire an outside attorney to present a case in a far-flung courthouse. A $300.00 an-hour attorney would be too costly to drive 300 miles from the office to attend a minor foreclosure hearing. The law firm that filed the lawsuit will usually hire a less expensive attorney to handle a simple hearing.
Foreclosures, bankruptcy, debt collection are just a few examples of areas where local counsel is required. The hired attorney will often appear at minor hearings, such as status conferences, and file an appearance with the court. The hired attorney will tell the court that the lawyer was only hired for local counsel work. The judge will usually understand that the local law firm hired will handle the actual procedural filing. The local counsel attorney will take care of the minor matter. Keep in mind that both the client and the court have a duty to the hired lawyer to be prepared and diligent when they accept the case, no matter how minor.
Local counsel work is important when starting your own business. It is simple, and can be a great way to generate cash flow. Your law firm will soon die if it doesn’t have enough cash flow.
Local counsel work has another great benefit: it improves the efficiency of the courts. A local counsel can help the court to manage minor cases and can even show up at hearings.
Local counsel work is a crucial aspect of starting and growing a law practice. Local counsel work is something that many attorneys who have been in practice for any length of time are familiar with. It is likely that a new graduate of law school has not heard of it. This is a great opportunity to generate revenue if a person wants to open their own business after graduation.
Another reason to work as local counsel is that lawyers are less likely to be stiff than other lawyers. This means that you will get paid if you’re hired. This may seem simple, but if you’re struggling to make ends meet, it is crucial that you get paid for your work. It may even be the most important thing you need to know when starting your own business.