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.