WHY HIRE A LAWYER
In many other situations involving a legal dispute, challenge, or deal, you may not wish to chance the risks of going it alone without the advice of an experienced lawyer who can help you out. In fact, while good legal representation may not be cheap, it can help get you out of a number of sticky situations – such as a bad divorce, lost job, or DUI violation – not to mention the potential alternatives for not using a lawyer — including broken agreements, lost claims, or worse, jail time.
While each person’s legal situation is different, there are times when you really should hire a lawyer.
Anything potentially involving handcuffs. An incident of driving under the influence or domestic violence; accusations of any kind of criminal behavior, including white collar crime or tax fraud, should send you straight to your lawyer.
You have suffered bodily harm, been in an accident or caused one. You may have bought a house that is causing you asthma from hidden mold, been in a car accident, or had a child’s friend seriously injured playing on your backyard trampoline. Don’t depend on your insurance company to fight your battle for you.
You need a Will. No Will is simple enough to do over the Internet. You have no idea what you don’t know when it comes to drafting enforceable and effective estate planning documents. As lawyers, we have spent much of our time fixing what people thought were simple estate plans that they did using a form or the Internet. The financial well-being of your heirs, especially minor children, is too important to risk simply to save a few dollars. This will be money well spent, even if you won’t be alive to discover that.
You are asked to sign a contract. Where long-term commitments and large sums of money are involved, such as buying or selling a house, a business, a book, a screenplay, or an idea, call a lawyer to review the contract.
You are getting a divorce or legal separation. If you have no expensive property, minimal debt and no children, you may be able to do this yourselves. If there has been any kind of domestic violence; significant wealth or debt; kids (even cherished pets), you will need a lawyer. Don’t act as your own.
The law is complicated. A solid case can quickly unravel without the help of an experienced lawyer. Similarly, failing to hire a lawyer when starting a business, reviewing a contract or embarking on other endeavours with potential legal ramifications can result in otherwise avoidable pitfalls.
Lawyers know how to challenge (and sometimes suppress) evidence. You may not even know that a key piece of evidence against you was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts an earlier statement. And did the crime lab properly handle the evidence every step of the way? Your lawyer will find out.
Lawyers understand how to properly file court documents and handle other legal procedures. If you’re not a lawyer, you may struggle with the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. One late or incorrect filing could derail your case, delay a given legal procedure or worse – have the case thrown out altogether (and not in your favor).
Because you don’t know any expert witnesses or private detectives. Lawyers depend on an extended network of professionals to help their clients’ cases. Most non-attorneys do not personally know the types of professionals who can help with discovery or challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing party.
You’re not sure how to plead — or what a ‘pleading’ is? Pleading guilty is not the only choice, even if there is evidence pointing directly at you. A lawyer who understands the law will be best situated to explain your options and can help you avoid potentially severe penalties even before a criminal trial begins.
Because it is probably better to avoid problems in the first place rather than try to fix them once they arise. You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, hiring a lawyer in many instances will help you avoid potential legal headaches down the road. Do you really understand the fine print of that contract you are signing? A lawyer will.
A good lawyer can strike up a good settlement offer or plea bargain, if necessary. An experienced lawyer probably has seen cases similar to yours or at least knows enough to make a calculated guess about how it might resolve at trial. Sometimes a settlement is the best choice, while other times it makes more sense to see your case through to trial. A lawyer also can help negotiate a fair settlement with the opposing party.
The other party has legal representation. The law is complicated and a lawyer representing your adversary (or even a non-adversarial party entering into a legal agreement with you) will take advantage of this inequity.
At GMH Legal, we will provide a free initial consultation. Not only will a free consultation give you an idea of the type of case you have, it will help you decide whether you actually need to hire a lawyer.
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