Not every legal matter you run into will require the need for hiring an attorney. For example, while you can most likely handle fighting a simple parking ticket, more complex cases will benefit from hiring an attorney. With good legal representation, you can make the best of sticky situations- such as a motor vehicle personal injury suit, termination or bankruptcy.
A dispute does not have to be for hundreds of millions of dollars to be considered “important” enough to have support. Small employment disputes can make a huge impact on your life. Whether you require assistance because others have harmed you or someone is accusing you of harm, an attorney can always help you regain even footing. Before hiring an attorney, there are a few essential questions to ask yourself first.
Three Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney
- Do you need a lawyer?
Do your research and define your problem carefully before hiring a lawyer. If you are confused about your case and are debating if a lawyer could help or you think you are entitled to certain rights, you probably need a lawyers help. An attorney’s input can help even when you may just need an expert’s advice. If you determine your case is minor enough not to necessitate an attorney, you can stop here. If your case is any bit more complex, keep reading and find an attorney right away.
- Do you know a lawyer?
Sometimes a family member or friend may recommend a great lawyer for you to use. It’s always good to go with a trusted source to find someone you know you can trust. If you are searching on your own without recommendations, look online. There are plenty of lawyer rating sites for you to compare reviews and services. Once you find someone of interest, set up a meeting to talk to him or her about your case. Meeting with them will help you decide if they are the right lawyer for you.
- Does the other party have legal representation?
It’s important to know if the other party is also represented. If you don’t have an attorney and they do, you will be at a disadvantage. If they do not have an attorney and you do, you will be at an advantage. The law is complicated and an attorney knows how to work your case for your best interest. A party without a lawyer will be taken advantage of easily.
In short: You don’t want to be the party without a lawyer. If you have asked yourself these three questions and are ready to hire a lawyer, contact us today. We represent business and individual clients in the defense and prosecution of civil actions. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.