Being in the legal field is not easy but it is very rewarding. My career in law happened just a few short years ago when I decided to become a legal adviser for small claims. The journey I took to get to my position was a bit bumpy, but worth it at the end. I mean, I get to help people get what they deserve at the end of the day, and I couldn’t be more happier about it.
A typical day at the office entails me going through my calendar, reviewing my emails, and, of course, checking my many, many emails. Once you make a name for yourself ( in this case in my company) you become high demand for a wide variety of clientele. Through out the day my job is to help clients who come into the office or, those who prefer working over the phone, to put their small claims court claims through. Typically each person that I work with takes up to an hour if not more sometimes to help with their situation. Civil law can be a lot, especially when dealing with clients who know nothing about the court system and expect you to have all the answers. But, I always have the answers they are looking for. Some of my common cases are breach of contracts (both verbal and written), personal injury (car accidents among the most), and, of course property damage.
With common cases also comes the knowledge of how to present the clients case. When entering the field of law, knowing all your grounds is the key ingredient of making a smooth case. Most of the time, if not all, the client doesn’t know what to do. They bring binder full of documents, invoices, receipts, notes, pictures, the list goes on and on; into your office expecting you to know what to do. Here are some common questions.
Will I win the case? Simply put, the answer is always based on how strong the case is. Hard evidence is always a plus and of course a strong back story. Going in empty handed to court does slim down your chances of winning, but, at the end of the day, it all depends on the judge.
Statue of limitations. In small claims court this is much needed. Depending on the case it is very, very important to know the time span that your client has to be able to file their case. If not, it is automatically a closed case in the eyes of the judge.
Being a legal adviser for small claims is something that puts determination and strength to my agenda each and every day. My passion for law and helping people fight for their rights is something I will continue to do for as long as I can. Next step is studying for the bar.