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Difference Between Attorney and Lawyer

lawyer A Lawyer is a person who can provide legal advice and has been trained all about laws.

An Attorney is a person who is legally permitted to represent another person or act in his behalf.  In fact, an attorney is an agent who guides business under authority that is constrained and limited by a written document called a letter, or power of attorney. Attorney at law is an officer of a court of law who is  authorized to represent a person including a client in legal undertaking.

Today, an attorney at law is given permission to practice all the duties of a practicing lawyer.  However, he must have taken law and must have passed the bar exam.

Lawyers hold positions that contain more duties and obligation. They are constrained to comply with a strict code of ethics.  Lawyers take various roles depending on their field of specialization and position that they hold.

A lawyer can act as a supporter or as one who pleads for another or as one who argues for a cause. He/she can also act as an adviser, which means that the lawyer can be the person who notifies, or counsels or gives  direct advice. A lawyer can also be called as an attorney. As a supporter, he/she represents his clients in criminal and civil trials by providing and submitting proofs of evidence.  Lawyer debates in court to support and succor his/her client. As an advisor, lawyer counsels, guides or instructs clients about legal rights, duties and obligations and proposes courses of action both in the business and in personal issues. All lawyers are under license to represent anyone in the court, but there are lawyers who specialized in trial works. These lawyers are trained to conduct research, interview clients and witnesses, and gather related details  in order to prepare for court trials.

A lawyer may also specialize in environmental law, field of intellectual property, and etc.  Nowadays, many lawyers are into private practices.  They focus on criminal law where they represent clients who have been involved in criminal acts.  Some other lawyers  focus on civil law where they help clients in wills, trusts, contracts, and many other matters. Other lawyers may chose to work for legal-aid associations such as private, and nonprofit organizations, in order  to help less fortunate people.

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  1. A barrister is a legal professional who represents me in court.
    A solicitor is a legal professional who gives me legal advice generally, and if it becomes necessary, will arrange for a barrister to represent me in court.

    Solicitors can represent you in court, but only in lower courts.
    If the case goes higher, then you need a Barrister (called an Advocate in Scotland) to fight for you in higher courts.

  2. Attorney “at law” distinguishes from attorneys “in fact” (a way of describing those that hold a power of attorney). This reflects the more general meaning of “attorney” as someone authorized to act on behalf of another–at law, if a lawyer, in fact, otherwise.

  3. A graduate in Law from a Nigeria University who could not go to Law schools in Nigeria. Is he a lawyer, solicitor, advocate, notary or What is the title?

  4. A lawyer is someone who is learned and trained in  law. Yet, they may not actually practice law. They often give legal advice.

    An attorney at law or attorney-at-law is typically abbreviated to attorney in everyday conversation. An attorney is considered the official name for a lawyer in the United States.An attorney-at-law is defined as a practitioner in a court of law who is legally qualified to prosecute and defend actions in such court on the retainer of clients.


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