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  • Laura L. Van Tassel, Esq.

When Do You Really Need A Lawyer?

I get asked, on a regularly basis, “Do I really need a lawyer”? for any number of issues. When I answer yes, some folks scoff and say it is because I am a lawyer and just want to make money. True, I am a lawyer and this is the way I make my living. But my making a living is by providing legal advice, counsel and legal services.

There are many types of legal issues that might require a lawyer's help. Some common situations where assistance from a lawyer may be necessary include:

  • A family problem such as divorce or a child custody dispute.

  • The drafting of a will, trust, or estate plan.

  • The sale or purchase of a home, real estate, or a business.

  • An accident involving personal injury or property damage.

  • Discrimination or harassment on the job.

  • The formation or incorporation of a business.

  • A tax problem.

  • An arrest or questioning by law enforcement officials.

If you find yourself facing the legal system for any reason, you should probably understand that the best policy is usually to at least consult with an attorney – Most lawyers will assess your legal issue and can tell you at the outset whether it is worth your while to obtain legal assistance and/or pursue legal action. If you are unlikely to prevail, or if the benefits of obtaining legal assistance do not clearly outweigh the costs, you will not need to incur unnecessary time and expense.

If legal action or assistance is necessary, your lawyer will evaluate all aspects of your situation with you, explain your options and what to expect at every step, and will take any action necessary to ensure that your legal rights are fully assessed and protected -researching the law, interviewing witnesses, collecting records, conferring with expert consultants, planning legal strategy, preparing and filing necessary paperwork, and negotiating with insurers and opposing counsel - all with an eye toward ensuring the best possible outcome for your legal issue.

Last but not least: 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.

If you think you may need a lawyer, I encourage you to contact me for a free half-hour consultation

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