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Lewis Silkin Solicitors

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When we look for diligent and effective people to join our real estate law team here at Lewis Silkin Solicitors, the ability to effectively research legal options and write contracts are vital to our success as a firm. Talk about your ability to excel in
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With local and state laws being so unique in real estate, the need to effectively learn and research the laws couples with the need to be able to write effective deeds and contracts. To prove your worth to Lewis Silkin Solicitors, talk about your experience in working in real estate law as it applies to both research and writing and be sure to talk about a specific example where you were able to customize/personalize a deed or contract based on your abilities.

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When we look for diligent and effective people to join our real estate law team here at Lewis Silkin Solicitors, the ability to effectively research legal options and write contracts are vital to our success as a firm. Talk about your ability to excel in
With local and state laws being so unique in real estate, the need to effectively learn and research the laws couples with the need to be able to write effective deeds and contracts. To prove your worth to Lewis Silkin Solicitors, talk about your experience in working in real estate law as it applies to both research and writing and be sure to talk about a specific example where you were able to customize/personalize a deed or contract based on your abilities.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Having practiced in Oregon for the last eight years, I worked with many clients on the local Homestead laws and last year I worked with a family in a unique situation after the father had passed away. Facing some financial trouble from many avenues, I recommended that the family first focus on debts surrounding their property and mortgage as financing on the home and property were not a part of the Homestead exemption. I researched the best way for them to claim the exemption when creditors were coming for their home and the family was really held together in the end by their ability to keep their home and property."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having worked as a Paralegal on the real estate side for a few years now, I have a wealth of experience in drafting purchase agreements, title documents and mortgage documents. In my current position, I have to work around a great deal of local and state laws and I fully realize that I would have a steep learning curve of local laws here at Lewis Silkin Solicitors. If hired for this position, my first goal would be to learn local nuances to contracts and other documents so I could be up and running as part of the team as quick as possible."
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Do you have any experience in working with tenancy and leasing laws?
Whether commercial or residential, many property owners look to Lewis Silkin Solicitors to help draft lease agreements and your interviewer will be looking to hear firsthand about the experience you have in this realm of the law. Talk to your interviewer about the importance of factoring in local and state laws in all lease agreements and speak to your experience in representing clients in this area.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my time working for XYZ Law Firm in Dallas, I helped draft lease agreements for large scale property ownership groups that were leasing residential apartments and condos in the city. As the paralegal representing the real estate team, it was my job to know and include Texas' legal obligation of landlords to return security deposits within 30 days of lease termination. I also worked directly with clients on some of the fine details of the agreement that included due dates for rent, procedures for requesting maintenance and pet policies."
Ryan's Answer #2
"A significant part of my practice while in Colorado was working with commercial developers who were leasing both office and retail space in the heavily growing areas of the state. In drafting commercial lease agreements, I became very well versed in working with local zoning laws to include minute details in the agreements that obeyed local law to protect my clients. A great example of this was including details of number of parking spots designated under each lease and business hours permitted by local law."
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Do you have any particular areas of wage and hour laws that particularly interest you?
A large firm like Lewis Silkin Solicitors often prefers staff to sub-specialize to be of best use to clients as subject matter experts. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to gauge your familiarity with the different aspects of wage and hour laws and where you find your abilities are best suited. There are no right or wrong answers for this question as your interviewer will be looking to see what clients you will best be suited in representing if hired for the position.

Ryan's Answer #1
"A majority of cases that I have represented during my career so far have revolved around exemption status laws under the FLSA. I have a great working knowledge of the salary basis tests and duties tests to advise clients to make proper decisions when considering statuses of their positions. With changes in law, like we just had recently regarding the minimum salary level for exemption, I am thoroughly versed in changes when they happen and can take swift action with clients to ensure compliance."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I've always had a particular interest in the child labor laws as I feel the United States is falling faster behind the world when it comes to preparing our future through our youth. I've been an advocate at the federal level for real changes in the surrounding this aspect, but I have also advised and represented organizations in their child labor practices in the food and hospitality industries. I think my experience and passion in this area would be a unique fit for the team here at Lewis Silkin Solicitors."
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When a problem arises, what is your first reaction?
In the field of law, stress can often turn the strongest individuals into a tailspin and problems that arise on a regular basis can be the catalyst for this. Your interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with the team at Lewis Silkin Solicitors.

Perhaps your computer crashes, and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.

Ryan's Answer #1
"When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened. I then go into "
Ryan's Answer #2
"I have taught myself to become much calmer with my first reactions when problems arise because my clients need that sense of calming at all times of the day. Now, I will step back and review my options for solving the problem rather than allow myself to become frustrated where I didn't necessarily do that all of the time early on in my career."
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If hired here at Lewis Silkin Solicitors, how would you best build trusting relationships with our clients?
The law firm/client relationship is built upon trust and your interviewer at Lewis Silkin Solicitors knows how important building trusting relationships is to the success of both the firm and the client. For you, it is important to understand and demonstrate that a trusting relationship helps open lines of communication and increases cooperation of the client in helping build cases. Talk about your own personal attributes and how they help foster and build trust with the clients you would be working with and reiterate to your interviewer why you believe trust is such an important factor in the relationships you will have with clients.

Ryan's Answer #1
"For clients that I personally work with, a trustful relationship is the number one priority for me to show my clients that I care about them and that I am invested in the best possible outcome for them. To help build trust from the start, communication is key. I actively listen to them and show respect for their thoughts and opinions. If I disagree with them on anything, I do so professionally and tactfully while educating them on my thoughts. From there, I am quick with my decision making and setting of goals with clients and this greatly helps them trust me and us moving forward as a team."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having worked as a Paralegal in a large firm, I've always tried to put a personal touch on my work with clients by showing them they are a top priority for me. I keep very detailed files on clients and have the ability to talk to them about their personal cases. As well, I stay in continuous communication with my clients and help set expectations for them regarding what they can anticipate from me and their attorney. All of these things are vital to my clients placing their trust in me and my firm and I'd look to bring these qualities to the team here at Lewis Silkin Solicitors."
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