I see an interest-rate applied to my bill, is this legal? Yes many lawyers will charge interest on their fees. Some lawyers depending on the office will view their upfront payment of your expenses as a sort of loan and will charge you interest on the recoupment of any expenses that they have put out.
Is legal research something that I should have been charged for? No research is not something that you should be billed for, it is included in what the lawyer is offering you as a professional.
Why are lawyers so expensive? Well to begin with loss goal is very expensive and they do need to recoup their money on that. Also depending on the complexity of cases some of them will require more staff to work on them which would equal a higher rate as well or someone require more time which will also increase the fees. However you are paying them for their expertise and their knowledge, that you don’t have otherwise so do keep that in mind.
What is the purpose of an expert witness? Witnesses are people that you bring into explain details of the case that should be explained by professional and not someone else. They are people who are removed from the case and do not have any kind of personal involvement with neither plaintiff nor defendant.
I’ve considered becoming a lawyer, is it a long process? Yes it is a long process. While it might not be quite as long as Dr. getting the rest been seeing going to medical school, becoming a lawyer is not something that happens overnight. It is also very challenging and requires a lot of strength, confidence, self-insurance, and memory frankly.
What does the term esquire mean? It is an honorific that is usually abbreviated as ESQ after the name of an attorney or a consular officer. In America, it is a carryover from English tradition where it is a dignitary title that is just above the gentleman and just blow night.
Why do lawyers in England wear wigs and we don’t in the States? Wigs are considered a traditional court address and are actually still employed in many former British colonies. The US and Canada definitely don’t wear them fortunately. Strictly speaking however wigs started appearing in English judicial attire sometime in the mid-17th century. It was a fashion that was carried over from France where the smartest people of English society wore powdered wigs. At the time, England had just recovered from the Civil War between and the two groups were easily identifiable by those who had worn their hair short and those who had worn their hair long, so wigs were a clear way to cover up any kind of divisions that were happening in society at the time, especially with lawyers. With the wig you wouldn’t know whose side that they were originally on, and would hope to trust that your lawyer was working in your best interest. Why they are still a thing, I believe is just part of the tradition.