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When is it time to consult a lawyer?

When is it time to consult a lawyer?

  • February 8th, 2023
  • Cheryl McGirr
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Legal advice can be necessary for a variety of scenarios. This article outlines some of the most common occasions when individuals should seek out a lawyer’s help.

Legal counsel is often advised for certain transactions, such as real estate transactions (buying or selling a house), drafting a will or estate planning, and setting up or purchasing a business. It is beneficial to seek legal expertise in these matters to avoid potential issues.

Another important time to consult with an attorney to avoid potential issues, specifically a family law attorney, is if you are considering separating or divorcing your spouse. Often the best time to talk with a lawyer about these situations is before you have decided to separate. An experienced family law attorney can help you know what the possibilities are for your particular situation. Every family is different and what worked for a friend’s situation might be devastating for your family. A lawyer can help you formulate a plan to deal with a huge life change from the beginning of the process.

If you are arrested, accused of a crime, served with a lawsuit, or named in a lawsuit, it is highly recommended to consult a lawyer to resolve any issues. Additionally, if you are unable to settle matters with a government agency such as tax, immigration, social security, worker’s compensation, veterans, or pension benefits, consulting a lawyer is a wise choice. Furthermore, if someone fails to perform work or services as promised or fails to fulfill guarantees or warranties, or if someone refuses to pay funds you believe you are owed or tries to collect money from you that you are not obligated to pay, consulting a lawyer is a must. 

It is important to seek help from trustworthy sources such as bankers, accountants, realtors, tax firms, investment advisors, the Better Business Bureau, governmental agencies, and others in the right situation. However, it is essential to consult a lawyer to determine if legal counsel can be beneficial.

It is imperative to acknowledge that many legitimate matters have time limits in which one must act. If you have been given a lawsuit, you must submit a written answer to the court or risk the court awarding a default judgment against you. To ensure your rights are upheld, you must take the suitable measure within the legal time frame given.

Before meeting with a lawyer for the first time, it is important to ask if there is a fee. Usually, there is a charge for the initial consultation, but this does not mean you are obligated to hire that lawyer. Take your time to decide if you want to work with the lawyer before you commit to them.

In conclusion, consulting a lawyer can be a daunting decision to make. However, when you are facing a legal issue or need advice, a lawyer can provide valuable insight and help you understand your legal rights and obligations. When it comes to legal matters, consulting a lawyer can be the best way to protect yourself and your family.

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