An advocate, is a professional or non-professional in the field of law. When a person has earned a degree of law, and get a license for practicing law in a particular area, he or she becomes an advocate. An advocate is also known as a “Lawyer”, “attorney”, “barrister”, “counsel”, “counselor”, or “solicitor.”
Lawyers generally prepare legal documents for their clients. Examples: buying or selling property or making a will (testament). Certain lawyers (called “commissioners of oaths”) can take legally binding witness statements which can be presented to the court.
Estate planning lawyers try to make sure about your family dealings are all in order if something goes wrong. Their tasks range from creating trusts for a child’s college fund to drafting a will so your assets get distributed appropriately to the members of your family when you die. However, there are instances where people do not have a will and their assets have to go through Probate (court that decides what happens to your assets after death if you don’t have a will). In these cases, there is a subset of family lawyers, called Probate Lawyers, who argue where and how those assets are distributed. A family lawyer handles everything connected with direct family issues. Sometimes this also includes property or family insurances.
Civil lawyers assist with any legal issues related to real estate and property. Like commercial lawyers, residential lawyers are distinguished between transactional vs. litigation. There are also many differences between commercial real estate and residential real estate, as well as other types of personal property, so most civil lawyers are specialized and focus on one of these areas. Much like business lawyers, Civil litigators go to court for arguing if a contract or purchase/sale agreement was violated, or when a tenant or landlord breaks a law and must be handled accordingly. Civil transactional lawyers, on the other hand, solely deal with the negotiation of real estate transactions and drafting documents regarding those negotiations.
So, now you know a little more information about this topic. If you are looking to hire a lawyer, it’s important to figure out how to find the right lawyer according to your needs. Although there are many overlapping practice areas, each type of law is different. You need to make sure before choosing a lawyer that specializes in the particular type of service that you want. Doing otherwise is risky and can create unnecessary legal problems in the future.