There are so many different terms thrown about for lawyers you’ve got barrister, solicitor, and attorney; and we won’t even go into the more derogatory names. You see and hear these terms all the time, in the daily newspaper or your favourite movies and TV shows, but if you’re like many people you’ve probably wondered Is there any difference between these words? What does it all mean?’ Let’s clear up some of the confusion.
Many of us have at least heard of pre-nuptial agreements, thanks to the headline generating divorces of A-list Hollywood celebrities. However, they’re becoming increasingly common for couples in Australia as well. Widely known as a ‘prenup’, this contract is a financial agreement that contains provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of a divorce or relationship breakdown. It must be signed by both parties prior to the marriage and may contain other details like the forfeiture of assets on the grounds of adultery as well as further conditions of guardianship in relation to children.
A few months back we looked at some of the most well known lawyers and solicitors on the big screen . From Atticus Finch to Erin Brockovich, these characters have conveyed the essence of what it means to be a lawyer and why so many, like solicitor Glenn Duker, choose to practise law.