You must first decide if you should, in fact, hire our firm. In many other situations involving a legal dispute, challenge, or deal, you may not wish to chance the risks of going it alone without the advice of an experienced lawyer who can help you out. In fact, while good legal representation may not be cheap, it can help get you out of a number of sticky situations – such as a bad divorce.
While each person’s legal situation is different, there are times when you really should hire our firm. Below are some of the reasons that clients often have for hiring our law firm:
- My matter is complicated. If you are not a lawyer you probably have no business acting like one in certain instances. Even experienced lawyers typically do not represent themselves in court. A solid case can quickly unravel without the help of a trained and emotionally detached attorney. Similarly, failing to hire our firm when starting a divorce proceeding or family law matter can result in otherwise avoidable pitfalls.
- I cannot afford a lawyer. Not having a lawyer may actually cost you more. What is at stake? Should you not address all issues in your divorce case, you may end-up hiring an attorney who will now charge you to review, and possible file amendments, to your case. Also, you may be able to claim legal fees as a plaintiff in a civil case, so hiring our firm can actually save or make you money.
- How do I handle evidence? Lawyers know how to challenge (and sometimes suppress) evidence. You may not even know that a key piece of evidence against you was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts an earlier statement.
- Filing court documents. Attorneys understand how to properly file court documents and handle other legal procedures. If you’re not an attorney, you may struggle with the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. One late or incorrect filing could derail your case, delay a given legal procedure or worse – have the case thrown out altogether (and not in your favor).
- I need an expert for my case. Because you don’t know any expert witnesses or private detectives, you will have difficulty locating and retaining an expert. Attorneys depend on an extended network of professionals to help their clients’ cases. Most non-attorneys do not personally know the types of professionals who can help with discovery or challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing party.
- Should I file as a petitioner or respondent? An attorney who understands the law will be best situated to explain your options and can help you avoid potentially severe pitfalls even before you file your action.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is probably better to avoid problems in the first place rather than try to fix them once they arise. If you hire our firm, in many instances will help you avoid potential legal headaches down the road. Do you really understand the agreement you are you are signing? A lawyer will.
- Settling your case. A good lawyer can strike up a good settlement offer or agreement, if necessary. An experienced lawyer probably has seen cases similar to yours or at least knows enough to make a calculated guess about how it might be resolved. Sometimes a settlement is the best choice, while other times it makes more sense to see your case through to trial. An attorney also can help negotiate a fair settlement with the opposing party.
- The other party has legal representation. Non-attorneys are generally at a disadvantage when squaring off against opposing counsel or doing business with another party that has legal counsel. As explained above, the law is complicated and an attorney representing your adversary (or even a non-adversarial party entering into a legal agreement with you) will take advantage of this inequity.
- Lawyers often provide a free initial consultation. We will meet with you for free during a face-to-face consultation, there is really no harm in talking to our attorney. Not only will a free consultation give you an idea of the type of case you have, it will help you decide whether you actually need to hire our firm.