lawyers vs attorneys

Lawyers vs Attorneys: The Difference

It is of common knowledge that so many confuse the words attorney and lawyer to connote different things. This commentary discloses that they are a synonym for the same thing. Both refer to a legal professional who represents a client in a legal matter. Still, they are used interchangeably In Nigeria.

A lawyer or attorney could come under several specializations. These specializations are not limited to the under listed.

lawyer vs attorneys

These specializations include: 

  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Tort Law

Insurance Law: Insurance law is the practice of law surrounding insurance. It could be broadened into three categories namely: regulation of the content of insurance policies, consumer policies and regulation of claim handling.

Intellectual Property Law: This area of law encompasses the areas of Patents, Copyright and Trademark. 

Personal Injury Law: This type of law specialization deals with the representation of a person who may have sustained physical or emotional injuries due to the fault of another.

lawyers vs attorney

Family Law: Family law is an area of law that deals with domestic relations and family matters.

Banking and Finance Law: This is a broad area of law that governs securities and other financial transactions. 

Corporate Law: Corporate law is a type of law that focuses on the legal framework that shapes business practices.

Tort Law:  This is an area of law that deals with the obligations, rights and remedies that is applied in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others.

For clarity, this list of specializations are just the author’s highlight of a few specializations and not conclusive.

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