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Should I hire a lawyer? Eight signs
that you may need a lawyer.
You have a
decision to make. Some
legal problem is troubling you enough that you're out “surfing
internet” looking for a lawyer. By this point, the chances are
need one. But how do you tell for sure? There is no hard and fast
rule, but there are a number of signs to look for.
your problem involve the Courts or law enforcement? If it does, a
lawyer can help you. Some simple encounters like traffic stops or small
claims court actions may not require the assistance of a lawyer. On the
other hand, if a routine traffic stop turns into an arrest, or if that
small claims action suddenly winds up in Circuit Court, your need for a
lawyer can increase dramatically. If you have been charged with a crime
that is a felony or misdemeanor, a lawyer can almost always help you.
your problem involve a very important transaction? If you are
buying or selling a business, or entering into a long-term contract,
you may benefit greatly
by consulting a lawyer. With large or complex transactions, a lawyer
can help you avoid the common pitfalls and protect your interests.
Often, a few hours of your lawyer's time now can also avoid far greater
risk down the road. Conversely, if your transaction is relatively minor
or common place, such as the purchase of an automobile or the sale of
your antique collection, you probably do not need a lawyer.
your problem involve real estate? For simple home purchases, most
people do not require the assistance of a lawyer during negotiations or
when drafting their purchase and sale agreements. A lawyer will often
be employed to act as a closing agent however, and may be responsible
for making sure the documents are properly recorded. For more complex
transactions, or when people disagree as to exactly who owns a certain
piece of real estate, a lawyer can be very useful. Often, the documents
that govern who owns a given piece of land can complicated, poorly
written, and many years old. If you are faced with this situation, a
lawyer can help you sort through all of this paperwork and get a clear
determination of what your rights are.
your problem involve your employer or employees? If you or your
business has employees, you already know how complicated life can
get. Employers have to consider taxes and social security
contributions, benefits, workers compensation costs, and a host of
other issues. Many of these can be handled with “generic”
agreements, tax forms, and a little help from your accountant. They
often do not require the assistance of a lawyer. On the other hand, if
your business has concerns outside of the usual payroll and taxes
arena, a lawyer may be necessary. Businesses which need to protect
confidential information or require noncompetition agreements, for
example, would benefit from having a lawyer assist them. Agreements
like these can protect your business, but often require very careful
drafting and must be specially tuned to your unique circumstances.
Likewise, if you are an employee, your employer often has certain
obligations to you, such as providing a safe workplace, fair wages, and
certain employee benefits. If you feel your employer is not meeting
these obligations, a lawyer may be able to help you.
you been injured by someone else? Personal injury law is the
subject of a lot of bad jokes, but to those people who really do get
hurt, their injuries are no laughing matter. If you've been injured,
suffered medical expenses, lost work, gotten sick, or otherwise been
harmed because another person was careless, a lawyer can often help you
recover reasonable compensation. Even if the person responsible has
insurance, it can be difficult to recover these losses. Fortunately,
because of the nature of these cases, your lawyer can often pursue them
on a contingent fee. With a contingent fee, your lawyer does not get
paid until you recover on your claim.
your problem involve family members? While most family disputes lie
far outside the legal realm, sometimes a lawyer becomes necessary. When
issues such as divorce, child custody, guardianship, or child support
come up, a lawyer can help you make sure your rights are protected.
your problem involve a government agency? Big, complex, government bureaucracy seems to be a fact of modern life.
Most of the time, when we have to deal with government agencies, the
only thing we need is patience. After all, government workers don't
make the rules, they just help carry them out. On the other hand, some
times the system just does not work like it should. Perhaps you're
having trouble getting adequate compensation for a workplace injury.
Perhaps you're having trouble with getting a license, or assessing your
property for tax purposes. In cases like these, a lawyer can often help
you get the wheels turning again.
need a will, trust, estate plan, or power of attorney? For almost
any will, trust, estate plan, or power of attorney, it is a good idea
to enlist the aid of a lawyer and make sure things get done right. For
documents like these, there is little room for error. A lawyer can help
you make sure that people you trust will be able to handle your affairs
if you are incapacitated. A lawyer can also help you make sure your
wishes are carried out regarding such personal decisions as life
support or medical treatment. If you have assets you wish to pass on to
future generations, or want to establish a trust to benefit yourself,
your family, or your favorite cause, a lawyer can help you with that
In many situations,
having a good lawyer can mean the difference between getting what
you need, and getting frustrated. If you decide you need a lawyer, or
if you are not sure, contact the Pesall Law Firm. Even if we
cannot help you with your particular case, we may be able to find you
someone who can.