How Do I Know if I Need an Attorney?
At some point in your personal or working life, you may find that you have legal questions or legal issues that you cannot answer or resolve on your own. Usually a difficult or stressful change in your life will prompt you to seek legal help, such as a divorce or serious car accident. You may have little or no experience with the legal system and this will add to the stress of your situation. Most people, at one or more points in their life, will need the services of an attorney. You probably do need to hire an attorney if your problem falls under any of the following categories:
- Your problem involves a complex legal issue or multiple legal issues.
- You have been served with a lawsuit.
- You have been injured by the negligence of someone else and your injuries are serious, involve long-term treatment, or have caused a permanent disability.
- You have tried to resolve a negligence claim on your own, but you cannot get it reasonably resolved.
Remember that trying to represent yourself can often leads to more problems than solutions. For example, you an unrepresented person could make a procedural error which eliminates their chance of succeeding. Also, non-lawyers are almost always at a disadvantage when they attempt to represent themselves, and often times slow down the resolution of their cases.