General practice attorneys and lawyers engage in a broad-ranging application of law. They represent consumers and their families, owners of businesses large and small, and many other members of society in a wide variety of legal matters. Some examples of cases that might be handled by a general practice attorney include accident cases, contract negotiation, corporation law and partnerships, family law, real estate, and minor trial work. When the matter requires a specialist, general practice attorneys can usually refer their clients to attorneys who are more familiar with that area of law. General practice attorneys are the legal professions equivalent of the family doctor in medicine. A large law firm that describes itself as a general practice firm usually does a wide variety of legal work, often utilizing legal specialists who are members of the firm.