Hiring a Lawyer
The law is an important part of our lives. For personal, family or business matters, sooner or later, everyone needs a lawyer. However, people who would never hesitate to see a doctor for an illness routinely neglect their legal rights. Why? In a country filled with laws and lawyers, when and how to hire a lawyer remains a big mystery. How do you know when it is time to shop for legal help? What do legal services cost? And how do you find the right lawyer to suit your needs? It is easy to be a smart legal consumer. We are pleased to present a few simple guidelines for hiring the right lawyer at the right time.
Can you handle it yourself or do you need help?
For most people, legal conflicts, questions, and issues arise regularly. Whether you are getting married, fighting a parking ticket, starting a new job or business, buying a house, planning for your retirement or just minding your own affairs, the law is in your face.
When do you need a lawyer's help?
Sometimes it's a no-brainer. If you are filing for divorce, hit with a lawsuit, or charged with a crime, you probably need a lawyer and fast. Other times it is not so obvious. But be advised: You don't have to be involved in a civil or criminal conflict to benefit from legal counsel. People hire lawyers for advice and expertise all of the time, in all kinds of situations.
Here's the first thing to ask yourself in deciding if you should consult a lawyer: "What is at stake?" When your finances or liberties are in serious jeopardy, get legal help. What is serious? An ordinary parking summons is a brush with the law, but you need not consult with an attorney to pay the fine or even to fight it. However, if you have accumulated a hundred unpaid parking tickets and a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you may want to hire a lawyer who can help you best resolve the situation, and perhaps save you money or even keep you out of jail. You don't have to be in trouble to call a lawyer; and you do not have to be mad at someone or at the end of your financial rope either. In non-adversarial situations, use common sense and a little bit of business savvy in deciding if you might benefit from good advice of counsel.
In good times as well as bad, with a lawyer's help, individuals and businesses understand and secure their legal rights and financial interests. Lawyers help clients with estate planning, business negotiations, strategies and transactions. With good legal advice, clients comply with and swiftly navigate through, the complex mazes of federal and state regulations. And everybody can rest easily after consulting experienced lawyers for important undertakings such as tax and estate planning, drafting wills and trusts, creating business partnerships and adopting children. It's easy to call a lawyer when you are injured, angry, or threatened. But a lawyer is not just a rainy day advisor. Your counselor at law will help you keep the sun shining on your business and finances. So do not hesitate, be proactive! Practice preventive legal planning to improve your quality of life and get a lawyer's advice to avoid conflicts and legal hardship later.