The Role of a Court Reporter

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Business, Reporting | Comments Off on The Role of a Court Reporter

A court reporter is someone who transcribes spoken or recorded speech during or after court cases and hearings, depositions, and many other types of legal proceedings. They are also sometimes called court stenographers because of the equipment that they use, the stenograph. They can serve a number of clients, from private law firms to government agencies and courts, and even trade associations and meeting planners.

Court reporting can be a very lucrative job, as there are many opportunities that cater to this type of work. If you want to become a court reporter, there are many schools that offer either technical or vocational training.  There is even an association called The National Court Reporters Association which supports and lists schools credited in training and offering high quality court stenography programs. However, different states have different requirements for court reporters, so it’s wise to know what your state requires in order to get employment fast.

Technological advances give way to many options in court reporting, which is why most court reporting education includes training in both stenography as well as voice writing software. Along with these types of training, classes in English language proficiency are a must, as basic grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation is necessary for the job. Court reporters are also required to learn legal terminology, and some even learn general transcription in order to broaden their scope to medical transcribing.  Some states require their court reporters to be notaries, who can legally certify their transcripts as exact accounts of what was said in court proceedings.

Court reporting is not only important for the justice system, it also a great help in any business that requires closed-captioning. With all of these factors in mind, it is clear that court reporting is a career field with great potential for many individuals. It is important for court reporters to be well-versed in law and different types of litigations. Firms such as Stratos Legal, a Houston court reporting service, have veteran reporters that are experienced in all phases of litigation.

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Should Small Businesses Retain a Business Attorney?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Business | 0 comments

Perhaps one of the most cherished dreams of any person is to start a business and be a successful entrepreneur. When a great product, idea, or service that has the potential to make money in the market presents itself, there is often no hesitation. However, there are many aspects of doing business that need to come together to make it work. The top priorities center around finding a location, the facilities, the manpower, and marketing. Seldom does a small business owner think to retain a business attorney until trouble comes. Usually by then it’s too late, and requires costly damage control.

Retaining a business attorney for small businesses actually makes good financial sense. Many business startups flounder because of legal and management issues that they did not know about, or did not know how to handle. A business start-up runs up against issues such as business registration, startup costs, trademarks and copyrights. A business attorney can advise a client about the best business model that fits their particular business, such as an LLC or an LLP, offer advice on intellectual property protection, and even suggest options for funding.

A legal representative on retainer need not be expensive. The fee can be negotiated based on the needs of the business, and the business owner will not have to pay for acceptance fees and the like. Moreover, a good lawyer will keep an eye out for potential trouble so it can be headed off before becoming a serious problem. If trouble seems to be brewing nevertheless, the business owner can immediately seek the advice and help of the lawyer without a second thought. This is where the retainer can be most useful, as he or she will be familiar with your business’s past and goals, since you already have an established relationship with one another.

The peace of mind that accompanies the knowledge of constant legal protection can help make a business start-up successful. Any business could potentially benefit from having an experienced business attorney behind it, whether the it is a professional office, flight school, beauty salon, restaurant, or other type of business. It allows the owner to concentrate on running the business, managing property, and developing new revenue streams, rather than worrying about any potential legal problems.

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