DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU NEED A LAWYER?
WHEN SHOULD I CONSULT A LAWYER?
In this article, we will first know who a Lawyer is before we look at when you need a lawyer.
A lawyer is someone who is licensed to practice law, and whose obligation it is to uphold the law while also protecting their client’s rights. Some duties commonly associated with a lawyer include: providing legal advice and counsel, researching and gathering information or evidence, drawing up legal documents related to divorces, wills, contracts and real estate transactions, and prosecuting or defending in court.
The exact terminology for the word “lawyer” varies throughout the world. Attorney, counsel, barrister or solicitor are all various names given to lawyers. The origin of the profession dates back to ancient Greece, when orators spoke on behalf of friends or citizens at their request. Although they acted as legal counsel, according to Athenian law, orators could not be paid for their services, nor could they organize themselves as a legal profession. The earliest lawyers in ancient Rome, around 204 BC, received payment for their services when Emperor Claudius legalized the profession and lifted the ban on fees.
Great lawyers have invested much time and effort in understanding people, building relationships, and in being great leaders. They have great communication skills (both written and verbal), a high level of intelligence, excellent analytical skills, and excellent advocacy skills. They have a passion for their particular specialty, a high level of commitment to their work and to their client, and are an expert in their field. They also understand their client’s objectives, and advocate on that basis; not just on the basis of the law itself.
So coming to the topic of discussion,
If you are facing a legal issue, it is always a good idea to consulting with a lawyer. Although it is occasionally possible to resolve legal issues on your own, there are many situations that definitely require a lawyer. 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 – an honest one will provide a free consultation. They will tell you whether you will need an attorney and will either take your case or point in the direction of a lawyer who can best represent you.
Some common situations where assistance from a lawyer may be necessary include:
- An accident involving personal injury or property damage.
- A family problem such as divorce or a child custody dispute.
- The sale or purchase of a home, real estate, or a business.
- Discrimination or harassment on the job.
- The formation or incorporation of a business.
- The drafting of a will, trust, or estate plan.
- A tax problem.
- An arrest or questioning by law enforcement officials.
A lawyer 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.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
There are many legal issues that require the assistance of a lawyer and you may not be able to resolve yourself. If the lawyer evaluates your case and decides that you have a valuable claim, he will explain your options and what necessary steps you need to take to make sure that your rights and claims are protected.
Examples when a lawyer may NOT be necessary:
- You are entering a contract. If you have read the contract thoroughly, and understand its terms, you probably don’t need to consult with a lawyer before you sign it. However, if you are at all unclear about what a contract says, you should have a lawyer go over it and explain what it means before you agree to anything.
- You have to appear in small claims court. In many jurisdictions, lawyers are not allowed in small claims court, and parties are expected to represent themselves. The procedure in small claims court is usually simple and streamlined, making it accessible to laypersons.
- You understand the case and can explain the case on your own to a judge.
- You understand legal terminology and can read, understand, and prepare all the papers that you receive from court.
There are other situations in which legal help may be useful, but you do not necessarily need a lawyer. For example, if you only require legal information. While only lawyers are competent to give legal advice, anyone who is knowledgeable about the law is technically competent to give legal information.
In conclusion, always try to consult a lawyer when the need arises, they will definitely have a way of helping you.