GPROSplus™ understands the complexities of the many different generalist and specialist of the professional world. We believe it’s our responsibility to inform you of these differences within each category and have tried to provide you with some descriptive insights so you can make the right choice. In some cases, a referral from your primary caretaker may be necessary so be sure to check with your insurance provider before scheduling.
Business Lawyer or Corporate Lawyer - quite broad, including employment, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions.
Employment & Labor Lawyer - handle issues relating to employment, and mainly deal with making sure businesses are complying with state and federal labor law.
Finance & Securities Lawyer - tend to deal only with issues relating to banks and individuals issuing money, or to companies selling stock.
Family Lawyer - includes estate or family planning, but usually family lawyers handle things like divorce, custody battles, prenuptial agreements, and other issues surrounding marriage and children. While some only focus on divorce, most family lawyers cover all areas of family law.
Estate Planning Lawyer - make sure your family dealings are all in order if/when something goes wrong. Their tasks range from creating trusts for a child’s college fund, to drafting a will so your assets get distributed appropriately to the members of your family upon your death.
Tax Lawyer - helps businesses and individuals comply with state and federal laws when filing their tax returns, and a large portion of these lawyers go to court to defend you, should you be audited or face significant fines or potential jail time
Criminal Defense Lawyer - defend people accused of committing a crime and face prosecution by the government, with the goal of keeping them out of jail or reducing their sentence. The crimes handled by criminal defense lawyers range from small offenses, such as shoplifting, to more serious crimes such as DUI, drug trafficking, assault and battery, or even murder.
Traffic Lawyer - will go to court on your behalf to fight traffic citations or give you advice about whether you have a chance to get out of speeding tickets or red light violations. Sometimes traffic lawyers are also criminal lawyers, who will fight your DUI or DWI as well.
Personal Injury Lawyer - deals with accidents and injuries of any nature. This is probably the most common type of attorney you see advertising on TV, park benches, bus stops, and everywhere else. Their cases can lead to huge financial settlements or judgments, usually involving insurance companies. Personal injury (PI) lawyers get involved when you are in a car accident, a doctor misdiagnoses an illness, you’ve had bad side-effects from a prescription drug which you weren’t warned about, you were injured by a defective product, and more. PI lawyers work for contingency fees, meaning they only take a percentage of the money they recover for you in court, and it will cost you nothing if you lose. The typical contingency fee ranges from 33%-40%. For this reason, it is important for you to know how to choose the right personal injury lawyer, because they all basically charge the same fee, but a good lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to winning your case and recovering a large financial award.
Bankruptcy Lawyer - helps you file for bankruptcy or work through your bankruptcy to get you out of debt. There are different subsets of bankruptcy lawyers who represent the debtor (the person or company filing for bankruptcy) and the creditor (the ones who are owed money by the debtor and are trying to recover as much of their money as possible during the bankruptcy). There are also lawyers who specialize in different types of bankruptcy. The most common types are Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyers (Chapter 7 is when an individual or a company wants to liquidate/dissolve their assets in order to eliminate their debts), Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawyers (Chapter 11 is when a company [or individual within a company] wants to restructure their debts to get back on track), and Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyers (Chapter 13 is a different form of chapter 11 for individuals where you restructure your debts to get on a more affordable payment schedule, and you can still keep most of your assets). Many bankruptcy lawyers can handle different types of bankruptcies but some just specialize in one type of claim.
Civil Litigation Lawyer - is a very general term that encompasses many other specific areas of law, including real estate, employment, business, and more. Civil litigation lawyers will typically handle any type of litigation, or lawsuit, that is non-criminal, therefore, anything from a landlord issue to a breach of contract is handled by these lawyers.
Corporate Lawyer - A corporate lawyer deals mainly in business transactions and contracts. These lawyers specialize in multiple aspects of the law and how it pertains to business operations. This can include contract negotiations, securities and tax law, code compliance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, financial reporting, and a whole host of other specializations
Immigration Lawyer - will help with anything relating to bringing a family member, employee, or individual into the United States from another country. Most immigration lawyers’ practices rely heavily on businesses, since they require Employment Visas to bring employees to the United States from overseas. There is a plethora of forms to file with each government entity involved, and complex laws to be followed to employ a non-citizen.
Real Estate Lawyer - assist with any legal issues related to real estate and property. Like business lawyers, real estate lawyers are distinguished between transactional vs. litigation. There are also many differences between commercial real estate and residential real estate, as well as other types of personal property, so most real estate lawyers specialize and focus on one of these areas. Much like business lawyers, real estate litigators go to court to argue if a contract or purchase/sale agreement was violated, or when a tenant or landlord breaks a law and must be handled accordingly. Real estate transactional lawyers, on the other hand, solely deal with the negotiation of real estate transactions and drafting documents surrounding those negotiations.
IAR (Investment Advisor) - most are former stockbrokers, insurance agents, or commercial bankers with extensive experience and other securities licenses, such as the Series 7. They are subject to the regulations of the SEC.
CFP (Certified Financial Planner) - has become increasingly popular and are frequently coordinated with other components of personal finance.
CTFA (Certified Trust and Financial Advisor) - trust and wealth management professionals who offer fee-based services.
CPA (Certified Public Accountant) - The CPA assumes personal liability for their work as accountants, auditors, and tax advisors.
PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) - the personal liability they assume as accountants does not extend to the recommendations they make regarding investments.
PFA (Personal Financial Advisor) - the PFA is a fee-only planner who has at least five years’ experience and has passed a series of exams to qualify for the title.
Credit Counseling - Credit counselors look at your total financial situation and help you work out a plan to pay off your debt. Reputable credit counselors can help you create a money management plan, and a debt pay-down plan, as well as provide free resources and workshops related to money management
General Dentistry - preventive services, from filling cavities to teeth whitening.
Endodontist - the soft tissue found deep inside the tooth is the main focus of these specialists, such as when pain is caused by a root canal problem.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon – including emergency medicine, surgery, and anesthesiology, these professionals are experts in all parts of the face, mouth and jaw.
Orthodontist - straighten crooked teeth with braces, giving you a better-looking and more functional smile.
Periodontist – restore healthy, pink gum tissue, treat gum disease, perform gum surgery—even place dental implants.
Prosthodontist - if you need replacement teeth, these experts can help ensure that you get top-notch results.
General veterinarians - with specialized training and experience in animal welfare.
Behavior - veterinarians with additional training in animal behavior.
Dentistry - veterinarians who perform procedures on an animal’s teeth.
Dermatology - veterinarians who study diseases and conditions of the skin.
Emergency + Critical Care - the "ER Docs" and intensive care specialists.
Nutrition veterinarians - working to make sure that animals' diets meet their body's needs for nutrients.
Surgery - veterinarians who specialize in performing surgery. A certified surgeon will be certified in either small animal surgery or large animal surgery.
Orthopedics - these surgeons focus on bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, etc. of the body's skeletal system.
Audiologist – ear-related issues, particularly with regards to hearing loss in children. These doctors work with deaf and mute children to assist in their learning to communicate.
Allergist - allergies, such as hay fever, or asthma.
Cardiologist - treatment of the heart and the many diseases and issues related to it.
Dermatologist - skin and the structures, functions, and diseases related to it.
Endocrinologist - illnesses and issues related to the endocrine system, its glands and hormone levels.
Gynecologist – focus on the female reproductive system and a woman’s health. Offer prenatal care, assess and prevent issues that could potentially cause infertility, explore options for expectant and new mothers.
Internal Medicine Specialist - manage and treat diseases through non-surgical means, such as anesthetics and other pain-reliving methods.
Neurologist – assess the human brain to determine causes and treatments for such serious illnesses as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and many others.
Obstetrician - focuses on pre/neonatal care, childbirth, and other procedures related to the female reproductive system including C-sections, hysterectomies, and surgical removal of ovarian tumors.
Oncologist - focus on the treatment and prevention of cancer in terminal and at-risk patients. They offer such treatments as examination and diagnosis of cancerous illnesses, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to destroy cancer cells in the body, and follow-up with survivors after treatment successes.
Orthopedic Surgeon - treat ailments concerned with the skeletal system, such as broken bones and arthritis.
ENT Specialist - care related to the ear, nose, and throat, and sometimes ailments related to the neck or the head.
Pediatrician - work with infants, children, and adolescents regarding a wide variety of health issues, ranging from the common cold to severe conditions.
Plastic Surgeon - performs cosmetic surgery to enhance the physical attributes of a patient or address a physical issue that the patient finds unsatisfactory.
Podiatrist - work on ailments that afflict the feet and ankles of patients. They are often referred to a “foot doctors” and treat such afflictions as athlete’s foot, calluses, nail disorders, and other foot injuries and infections.
Urologist - specializes in issues related to the urinary system, such as urinary tract infections. They also treat and study afflictions of the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder, and male reproductive organs.
There are two branches or schools of thought in chiropractic:
Therapeutic or “Mixed” - is made up of chiropractors who have adopted the objective of the medical community. They have decided to treat different types of medical conditions and to incorporate certain medical procedures and treatments into their practice. The primary procedure is that of diagnosing medical conditions, an art form that is, without a doubt, the most challenging tasks in the practice of medicine.
Non-Therapeutic "Objective Straight" - the more modern of the two approaches, it deals with a particular common situation called a vertebral subluxation. Seeing the confusion that developed due to the way the Therapeutic/Mixed chiropractors were practicing, this group of chiropractors determined that they should define chiropractic by one simple objective. This objective could not duplicate the disease treatment objective of medicine and, of course, it had to be an objective that had to provide a valuable service to humanity.
Physical Therapist - are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine the individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs, by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles
Holistic Medicine - is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness by gaining proper balance in life. Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts, and that if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
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