Legal advice and representation are certainly not cheap, and most of the lawyer jokes are based on this premise. However, if you find yourself in a sticky situation and try going it alone, without an attorney, you might end up in some serious trouble. While not all legal matters such as, fighting a speeding ticket, requires representation, any issue where stakes (financial or otherwise) are quite high, it is advisable to rely on solicitor and their expertise.
Listed down below are five reasons why you should consider hiring a lawyer.
Because of the complexity of the law
You may be really good at any number of things that you do, but unless you have read and studied law and have experience in courts, you should not risk doing it on your own. Legal matters are tricky and super complicated, and a single wrong word written or spoken in the wrong place or at the wrong time might result in you incurring financial losses, lost claims or even prison time. If you are thinking of starting a business or entering into a contract, get the services of a solicitor to review the documents involved and make sure everything is in order well in advance.
To omit complications rather than fix them later
Ill-advised legal decisions made by one’s self without proper consultation may cause serious complications along the way and you may have to spend thousands of correction fees to a number of parties to fix them. This kind of trouble can be avoided by hiring an attorney and getting their advice before setting things off. For instance, estate planning lawyers will help you smoothly bequest your assets to heirs while also settling all estate taxes. So, at the time of their incapacitation or death, all matters will be sorted.
To present your strongest case
There is a big difference between the way an attorney looks at a case, and how someone who is not-so-well experienced or knowledgeable in law looks at it. They will look at the issue from all angles to emphasize the case that will work on your best interest to maximize gains or minimize penalties. Even if pleading guilty or confessing fault seems like the only way to go, your attorney will explain all options available for you, so that you can avoid severe penalties.
The other party will probably have a lawyer
As emphasized before, walking into a legal negotiation all by yourself against an adversary who has a lawyer will prove to be a disaster, especially in delicate family matters where things can get extremely one sided without proper professional consultation and representation. So, always seek the help of an attorney and be willing to spend the money because otherwise, you might end up losing a lot!
Attorneys have access to experts and witnesses
Lawyers have an extensive network that is connected to all ends of industry, and they will use this to your advantage by getting experts involved to provide you with additional support and witnesses to help prove your case, or disprove your adversary’s case.