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What Does a General Practice Attorney Do?

General practice attorneys cover a broad range of areas, but they often don't have much specialization in any particular area. For this reason, a general practice attorney can represent you in court, draft and review documents, and be your advocate in negotiations, but they may have to refer you to another attorney if they're not familiar with your situation.

How Do I Know If I Need a General Practice Attorney?

A general practice attorney is useful for very common cases. You may want to use a general practice lawyer to draft or review documents like:
And you may want to have a general practice lawyer represent you in court cases involving:
This list of practice areas is not all inclusive, and not all general practice attorneys will have experience in all of these areas. It is important to discuss your attorney's experience level in your matter before deciding whether or not to hire him.

How Much Does a General Practice Attorney Cost?

Although not every lawyer takes the same approach to billing, many general practice attorneys charge by the hour with some flat rate fees for services such as document drafting and reviews. Your lawyer's rate will vary based on where you live and the complexity of the case, so be sure to negotiate a price up front so that there are no surprises when the bill comes.

What Should I Expect When Working with a General Practice Attorney?

Since general practice encompasses such a broad range of possible situations, there is no single expected outcome. If you bring on a general practice attorney to draft or review a common document, you can expect a legally binding document whose terms you can understand. If you hire a general practice attorney for larger matters, you should expect that this attorney has enough experience in the area to expertly represent you. Although there is no guarantee that you will win your case, having a lawyer that knows the ins and outs of law and the courtroom puts you in the best position to succeed.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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