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Lawyers are always free to form voluntary associations of their own, apart from any licensing or mandatory membership that may be required by the laws of their jurisdiction. Like their mandatory counterparts, such organizations may exist at all geographic levels. In American English, such associations are known as voluntary bar associations. The largest voluntary professional association of lawyers in the English speaking world is the American Bar Association. http://findalawyerifyouneedone.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/find-lawyer_9.html
Lawyers are paid for their work in a variety of ways. In private practice, they may work for an hourly fee according to a billable hour structure, a contingency fee (usually in cases involving personal injury), or a lump sum payment if the matter is straightforward. findcompensationlawyers.com - expert and experienced solicitors in sydney,wollongong and newcastle
Normally, most lawyers negotiate a written fee agreement up front and may require a non refundable retainer in advance.
In many countries there are fee shifting arrangements by which the loser must pay the winner's fees and costs; the United States is the major exception, although in turn, its legislators have carved out many exceptions to the so called "American Rule" of no fee shifting. legal questions? click here.