General Law practice fall in a wide range of overlapping practice areas, from drafting wills to negotiating tax settlements with the Internal Revenue Service. General Practice Lawyers represent individuals, families, businesses and organizations in a wide variety of legal matters.
They can draft legislation and administrative rules, write opinions, advice clients, and respond to citizens’ questions and concerns. Many general law attorneys also handle substantial transactional work involved with state contracts, real estate matters, and program administration.
These lawyers can negotiate employment agreements and standard contracts. The practice involves negotiation of endorsement and/or marketing agreements, representing clients in grievance/ arbitration proceedings, providing tax and estate planning advice, and reviewing and/ or developing investment agreements. It is also common for lawyers in this practice area to handle numerous real estate transactions, and manage their clients’ equity interests in real estate.
They can also assist people with negotiations, legal risk assessment, understanding legal rights, liability issues, and other general law questions and issues. They can provide legal advice, counsel and service to business clients concerning legal rights, obligations, and privileges. They can draw up contracts involving leases, licenses, purchases, sales, real estate, employment, insurance, mergers, acquisitions and related matters.
General Practice Lawyers can often be compared to the family doctor. They are considered a trusted professional and confidant that can provide you with the legal advice you need over a period of years or a lifetime. When the matter requires a specialist, general practice attorneys can usually refer their clients to attorneys who are more familiar with that area of law
Common areas of practice handled by General Practice Lawyers include: commercial and residential buying, selling and closings; management; landlord – tenant; pre-nuptial agreements; preparation and drafting of documents, contracts, wills and trusts; administration of trusts; will contests; probate; representation of the executator, the estate or legatees; alcohol, food and beverage licenses; guardianships of the person, the estate, or both (incapacity or inability to communicate; minors; conservatorships); drafting health care proxy and power of attorney; quantum meruit.