Best Podcasts for Lawyers

If you’re a lawyer, there’s probably a reading list you can never get through. Whether you’re on the path to becoming a lawyer or want to keep up with the latest legal news, this list will help you find podcasts to keep up with the latest news on the go.

Getting the most out of your time is very important, and legal podcasts can help you do so by allowing you to keep track of all of your important legal matters while you’re walking, cooking, or doing laundry. In this list, we’ll be talking about some of the best legal podcasts that will keep you up to date with the latest developments in the field.

1. THE LAWYERIST PODCAST

The Lawyerist is a weekly show that provides a comprehensive view of the future of lawyering and law practice. It features conversations with prominent individuals in the industry and creatives who are contributing to shaping the profession. Because of its focus on the latest trends and tactics, it’s one to keep up with if you’re planning on becoming a lawyer.

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How Lawyers Contribute to Society

If you have ever asked how lawyers contribute to society, you are not alone. The monikers used to describe some professionals are hardly flattering. However, the law is a part of daily life for everyone in society. An attorney is trained to assist clients in navigating the sometimes confusing legal process.

A lawyer helps you to purchase a home, sell a business, or write a will. A lawyer stands by to help if you are injured by a negligent party, charged with a crime, or getting divorced. If you have any kind of problem that includes a legal issue, a lawyer will help you solve it.

Although you don’t need a legal professional to appear in court, consider consulting with a lawyer first. At the very least, they will advise you about best presenting your legal matter to the judge.

Many cases can be complex, time-consuming, or frustrating to resolve on your own. A skilled lawyer will explain the issues of the case and inform you about how the law applies in this situation. A better understanding of the law will help you to evaluate the case’s strengths and weaknesses.

When possible, meet with an attorney as soon as possible to determine your options. Even when it seems possible to solve a legal matter on your own, realize that things can escalate quickly. Although engaging a lawyer may seem too expensive, doing so can save money and time in the long run. Obtaining advice from a law firm is one of the best ways to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

What Lawyers Do for Society

As highly skilled and trained legal professionals, lawyers can explain the law to you; discern whether you have a legal problem; explain your options under the law; discuss ways to avoid going to court; and predict how a judge may apply local, state, or federal laws to your case’s facts.

Lawyers also represent clients in legal matters; negotiate settlements; collect monies owed when you win in court, or appeal your case if the first trial is unsuccessful.

Your attorney must abide by professional ethics and a legal code of conduct. When you engage an attorney, any discussions between you are confidential under the client-attorney privilege.

Most often, your legal professional will do what’s possible to settle a case before going to trial. Negotiation with the other party in the case may be successful. If settlement by negotiation is impossible, you may decide to bring the case to court. At that time, it is your attorney’s duty to present the case to the court to the best of their ability. 

Law in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, typically known as ‘AI,’ uses computer systems to perform human tasks typically requiring intelligence, such as visual perception and recognition, decision making, and translation of languages. Most people think of artificial intelligence as robots, but it is not the case. Artificial intelligence laws address the rights and responsibilities of manufactured products and services and their users.

The Government setting up rules and regulations with regards to artificial intelligence is complicated. The complexity of technology makes it challenging to implement laws. Additionally, it is a broad sector that implements artificial intelligence applications ranging from the health, financial, education, and transport sector to mention a few. Many governments are taking an exploratory approach with regards to laws governing artificial intelligence. Let us brush over some of the statutes governing artificial intelligence, which apply to specific areas of artificial intelligence.

• Autonomous vehicles
Laws concerning autonomous vehicles have been implemented in 24 countries; the USA is one of them. This particular artificial intelligence requires regulation as it poses a human risk to individuals. So, it is because they operate close to human proximity, and any error in the software or hardware may cause lethal consequences. In the USA, most states have enacted some laws concerning these vehicles through deployment or testing their capability.

• Data privacy and sharing
Data is the primary source of artificial intelligence. It is the main driver that trains the AI to make decisions and perform on their own. As a result, many countries have set laws to prohibit sharing and exchanging data without prior consent. The regulations apply across all sectors that employ the use of AI.

• Ban on the further development of weaponized AI
The ban is to control weapons that would go beyond human control. Society is impacted by the explosion of AI used in other sectors. For this reason, when used in the manufacture of weapons may cause grievous infliction to individuals.

Final thoughts
Artificial intelligence is slowly taking center stage and is expected to play a prominent role in the future. It is significant in our daily lives. There needs to be attention to this technology to avoid human conflict. For this reason, there need to be laws governing this type of intelligence. Regulations are moving at a slow pace compared to technology, especially in the weak AI, which is currently used in search engines and self-drive cars.

Originally published on ChartWestcott.org

Outsourcing Paralegal Help

As the manner in which the legal profession evolves, so do law firms in the way they conduct their business operations. These changes often reflect in the way technology is used to facilitate more efficient systems.

 

However, not all methods of improvement are technical. Freelance, remote, or temporary paralegals have stepped up to the plate and are giving lawyers and law firms another viable option.

 

Freelance paralegals have become an important part of the way the legal profession now conducts its business. Paralegals can be acquired fairly easily and quickly, and they fill in where and when needed. Thus, they are on-demand.

 

There are multiple advantages to outsourcing paralegal help. It offers the employer the ability to keep pace with the flow of work. There are many reasons why a law firm would need additional help at certain times. Perhaps, it’s tax season. Farmers may need help recruiting international labor during the growing season. Or, there could be a large, labor-intensive case that is going to court soon. Whatever the reason, remote paralegals are perfect to fill in the additional-help gap.

 

Then, there are the leaves of absence. Whether vacation, sick, maternal or a myriad of other reasons, experienced paralegals can assume the temporary roles and keep operations running.

 

Paralegals will not practice law. However, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, they can draft pleadings, correspondence, prepare other paperwork, e-file documents, interview witnesses, conduct research–which can take a considerable amount of time–and perform a host of other duties that attorneys assign to them. By delegating these tasks, attorneys can focus on their specific areas of law practice.

 

A huge benefit to the law firm or practice is the opportunity to minimize costs. While remote paralegals often earn less than attorneys, the services they provide are also billed to the client at a lower rate. Furthermore, employers do not have to pay payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, disability, health insurance, and other benefits full-time staff receive. In addition, some paralegals have their own offices so that there would be no need to make room in your current firm.

 

The skill level of the paralegal will vary; however, some are certified professionals with a degree in the field. There are legal staffing agencies that can supply vetted paralegals at the skill level law firms need.

 

Freelance paralegals are the trajectory of the present and the future. In today’s world of sophisticated technology that aids efficiency, hiring freelance paralegals is a smart business sense.

Originally published on ChartWestcott.org

Common Laws that Businesses Unintentionally Break

Regardless of the size of your business, it is very important to obey federal, state, and local laws when it comes to taxes, payroll, and other company expenses. Some business owners may unwittingly break the law when it comes to setting up or maintaining a business, so it’s important to seek the right advice to avoid litigation or fees down the line. Not only is it important to know where you stand when starting a business from scratch or taking ownership of an existing company, but it’s also equally necessary to monitor your region for any changes that might affect you. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so a little research can go a long way.

Some mistakes are made regarding the different classifications of employees. A W2 employee is someone who is salaried. Companies withhold a certain dollar amount from their employees’ paychecks for Social Security and Medicare, and in return, the company pays payroll taxes to the government. Some businesses try to circumvent this by referring to some workers as independent contractors. The Department of Labor (DOL) is very picky when it comes to the use of contract workers, and harsh penalties can occur if any business abuses the system.

Another way that businesses might be unfairly treating employees in order to save money is by excluding people from receiving overtime pay. It’s not a justified excuse to say anyone is exempt from overtime because they are salaried employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides detailed fact sheets about which employees are eligible to receive overtime pay.  The only way to be exempt is to meet every one of the qualifications, such as managing at least two people, having the ability to hire and fire employees, being in a managerial position, to name a few.

Workers’ compensation laws are different in each state, depending on the size of the business, the type of injury, and the industry affiliation. It’s important to do your due diligence when forming your company to make sure you abide by your state’s laws.

Piece work is defined as any type of job that pays a worker a fixed rate for each unit of a product or service that is completed, regardless of how long it takes to finish. This means that a person’s hourly wage can fluctuate, depending on the volume of work completed. Some businesses have used this model to avoid having to pay their state’s minimum wage, which is unlawful.

This article was originally published on chartwestcott.org.