In our highly litigious society, it’s common to find yourself asking the question, “Do I need a lawyer?

Many issues you may deal with do not necessarily warrant legal representation. Other professionals, from accountants to counselors, may provide all the help necessary in resolving a problem you are having. There are of course times when it is necessary to have the help of a lawyer. These have been outlined below. If you want more information, see our articles on When to get a lawyer and our other on When not to get a lawyer.

Specific cases that require a lawyer

  • Arrested for a crime

    If you have been arrested for a crime, seek legal counsel immediately. Too often people are coerced into giving incriminating evidence, even if they are innocent.

  • Involvement in an accident which caused personal injury or property damage

    Whether you were at-fault or the victim, it’s important to protect yourself and your property. In these situations, a lawyer can offer you invaluable services.

  • Served documents relating to legal proceedings or a lawsuit

    If you have been served documents which put you on the defense against a prosecution no matter how absurd the case, it’s time for you to find a lawyer to help protect yourself. The fact that you have been served already implies there is a lawyer that believes someone has a case against you.

  • Changes or pending changes in family status

    Child birth, adoption, divorce and death are all legitimate grounds for seeking the help of a lawyer.

  • Changes or pending changes to financial status

    If there are major financial changes in your life such as bankruptcy or the reception or loss of valuable property (including real estate), a lawyer will help you deal with them.

  • Other scenarios which require the help of a law professional

    There are many scenarios which require legal representation. Whether it is Workers Compensation, Wrongful Death or some other legal issue, it is important to consult with a lawyer to find out the best course of action.

Do you need legal counsel?