as one in engineering, software development, chemistry, or life sciences). Since IP laws are all very technical and different from each other, lawyers don’t tend to handle all of these issues (however IP law firms will have a team of lawyers who can help you with any of them). Like most areas of law, there are normal IP lawyers and IP litigators. The normal IP lawyers help with all the filings required to protect your IP, while litigators are the ones who go to court to battle who owns what IP and how much that IP protects the individual in a given dispute. Family Lawyer You probably could have guessed what a family lawyer does. A family lawyer handles anything having to do with direct family issues. Sometimes this 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 Estate planning lawyers 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 when you die. However, there are instances where people do not have a will and their assets have to go through Probate (court that decides what happens to your assets after death if you don’t have a will). In these instances, there is a subset of family lawyers, called Probate Lawyers, who argue where and how those assets are distributed. Tax Lawyer Tax lawyers usually help businesses and individuals comply with state and federal laws when filing their tax returns. However, a larger proportion of these lawyers actually go to court to defend you if the IRS audits you and you face potential jail time or significant fines. Most individual tax lawyers also work in estate planning in some fashion unless they work in the tax department of a large corporation. Criminal Defense Lawyer Criminal defense lawyers help defend people accused of committing a crime against prosecution by the government, with the goal of reducing their sentencing or helping them stay out of jail. 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. Many lawyers who practice criminal defense had previous experience working on the prosecution side at the Office of the District Attorney (DA), either while in law school or after. Traffic Lawyer These lawyers are usually very high-volume lawyers in the sense that they tend to have a lot clients on a daily basis and they only perform one or a few small tasks for each one. Traffic lawyers 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 a speeding ticket or violation for running a red light. Sometimes traffic lawyers are also criminal lawyers who will fight your DUI or DWI as well.Ethiopia’s government has explained that privatisation of the national airline and state telecommunications company is being done to ease the shortage of foreign currency. Ethiopia announced last week plans to open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned Ethiopian Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment. In an exclusive interview with state broadcaster, Fana BC, Dr. Yinager Desie, Commissioner of the Ethiopian National Planning Commission said lower export performance, failure of mega projects to commence production, high demand for imported goods and growing external debt burden have worsened the shortage of foreign currency. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Ethiopia requires more than $13 billion over the coming two years for oil importation, private investment, upgrading of existing projects and for repayment of external debt. South African telecommunications firms MTN Group and Vodacom Group have already expressed interest in taking up investment options in Ethiopia’s telecom sector as soon as it opens up. Desie says the privatised enterprises would generate large amount of foreign currencies to tackle shortage. The commission will therefore give priority to foreign companies in privatising the enterprises as government’s decision is targeted obtaining foreign currency.