Classifications of Attorneys and Services They Offer
There are a plethora of lawyers out there, and each has an area of law in which they focus their practice.
Some operate in personal injury law; others tackle criminal defense. Sometimes you stumble across bankruptcy attorneys, trustees, and elder law planning professionals.
With all the options out there, you might find it difficult to find the appropriate attorney for your needs.
At Wendt Law, we practice in the field of personal injury. However, your case might not apply to a Kansas City personal injury lawyer’s area of practice. So, to ensure you find the suitable attorney for the job, let us survey the different options..
What Type of Lawyer is Right for Me?
The Missouri and Kansas Bars are the professional organizations which track and monitor the activities of all legal professionals operating in the state.
If you need an attorney, the State or even local Bar Association is the first place to go for a search. Here you will not only find a lawyers practicing in your area, but you can review their history, their pending or resolved complaints, and the condition of their credentials.
Here are some of the most common types of attorneys, and the areas of law in which they practice:
Estate Planning Attorney
An estate lawyer helps you set up an estate plan, wills, and other legal documents pertaining to your assets in the case of your death. Estate Planning Attorneys also handle trust accounts and other estate planning services — including setting up accounts for children and designating powers of attorney.
A bankruptcy lawyer handles financial difficulties for consumers, including personal and business-related bankruptcies. They can further negotiate with creditors and help find alternatives to filing bankruptcy.
IP attorneys, generally referred to as intellectual property attorneys, handle issues of copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and design secrets.
An employment attorney handles human resources issues and likewise can represent employees who feel they have been treated unfairly at work. They offer advice about work conditions, contracts, and the employee-employer relationship.
A corporate lawyer is retained or utilized by a business. These attorneys offer a multitude of services, including governance issues, compliance issues, contract creation, and so forth – all related to business.
An immigration attorney deals particularly with issues immigrating into the U.S. They might handle citizenship, visa applications, deportations, green card issuances, refugee claims, and asylum issues. Some immigration attorneys focus on corporate compliance in this complex area of law.
A criminal attorney focuses on all criminal cases and assists with each phase of the case — such as bail, arraignment, arrests, plea bargains, and sentencing.
Malpractice attorneys are regularly confused with personal injury lawyers. That being said, many personal injury attorneys (including Wendt Law) handle malpractice claims because of the overlapping negligence concepts. These cases focus on errors committed by medical and legal professionals.
Tax lawyers handle all aspects of local, state and federal tax violations, issues, payments, and other tax-related problems.
Family/Domestic Attorney or Family Advocate
A family attorney handles all family law related matters, including prenuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, child support, adoptions, and spousal support battles.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Sometimes workers’ compensation attorneys operate as personal injury advocates. Other times, they exclusively represent injured workers seeking compensation through the state funds.
Contract attorneys might work as corporate lawyers or work exclusively in contracts. They create, revise, negotiate, and handle all contract-related issues.
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Navigating the complexities of the Social Security Disability system requires a knowledgeable advocate. These attorneys handle all claims, collections, and other issues that might arise.
Personal Injury Attorney or the Civil Litigation Attorney
A personal injury attorney focuses entirely on civil lawsuits relating to injuries and deaths, incurred due to the negligence or careless behavior of another. These include car accident crashes, commercial vehicle crashes, professional malpractice, assaults in public places or by caregivers, or even injuries that occur due to lack of care of one’s property. Whether you have a personal injury claim or you are responding to one, you need a civil litigation attorney to handle the case.
Some personal injury lawyers might focus in specific areas of tort law while others have a broad list of services.
Is a Personal Injury Lawyer What You Need?
If you suffered serious injuries or a family member died as a result of the negligent, reckless, or careless acts of another, a Kansas City personal injury attorney is what you need.
Contact the attorneys at Wendt Law Firm, P.C. to explore your options. We offer a free initial consultation, and you can meet us at our Main Street location in Kansas City by calling 866-539-4415 or requesting information online.