Do I Need a Lawyer?

Many people only think of calling a lawyer when they have a crisis or an extreme situation involving actual litigation. Waiting for a crisis is intended to be a cost-saving measure; however, frequently a few dollars spent to consult a trained, experienced professional can prevent costly litigation, with a savings of years of time, loads of grief, and thousands of dollars of legal services. By eliminating potential problems, preventative legal work can save you time, money and needless worry.

One way you can keep from falling into the costly trap of only consulting an attorney when problems have reached an impasse, is to remember that lawyers have many roles:

Advisor

Human Resources Consultant

Advocate

Litigator

Communicator

Mediator

Consultant

Negotiator

Counselor

Planner

Drafter/Writer

Representative before government agencies

 

With this varied list in mind I have tried to think of a few of the thousands of possible instances when you should seek the advice of a lawyer. Of course, no one lawyer can handle all these types of matters but any lawyer should be able to tell you if you need to see an attorney at all.

Accident

Adoption

Adult Abuse

Appeal To Government

Tom at his first office in about 2000

Agency/Board

Arbitration

Arrest

Assault

Auto Accident

Bankruptcy

Bar Fights

Battery

Birth Of Children

Blackmail

Boundary Disputes

Buying A Business

Buying A House

Buying Commercial Equipment

Buying Real Estate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Challenging A Will

Child Abuse

Child Custody

Citation

Civil Rights Infringement

Civil Rights Violation

Claims On Insurance

Collecting A Debt

Collecting Child Support

Computer Crimes

Condemnation By Government

Contract Negotiations

Creation Of Employee Manual

Credit Fraud

Credit Problems

Crime

Death Of A Family Member

Defamation

Defending Against A Law Suit

Denial Of Educational Benefits By A School

Denial Of Visitation Rights

Denying Paternity

Deportation

Devising A Business

Dilution Of Trademark

Distribution For An Estate

Dog Bites
Durable Power Of Attorney

Elder Abuse

Embezzlement

Environmental Accidents

Establishing Child Support

Establishing Paternity

Estate Planning

Expansion Of Business

Fights

Foreign Adoption

Forming A Corporation

Forming A Labor Union

Forming A Partnership

Forming A Political Party

Getting Divorced

Getting Married

Giving A Deposition

Giving Money To A Minor

Government Benefit

Application

Government Benefit Problems

Government Taking Of Property

Guardianship Of A Minor

Harassment

Healthcare Directive

Hiring An Employee

If A Lawyer Contacts You

Immigration

Inheriting A Business

Injury

Injury By An Employee

Insurance Disputes

Interference With Business

Invasion Of Privacy

Know Your Rights

Leasing Commercial Equipment

Leasing Real Estate

Leaving The Country For

Extended Period

Libel

Living Will

Making A Claim Against An Estate

Martial Separation

Mediation

Mental Disability Of A Child 

Mental Disability Of An Adult

Neighborhood Disputes

Nuisance Neighbors

On Children's 18th Birthday

On Children's 21st Birthday

Plagiarism

Police Harassment

Power Of Attorney

Product Failure

Professional Malpractice

Protecting Intellectual Property

Proving A Will

Religious Intolerance

Retirement Planning

Running For Political Office

Selling A Business

Selling A House

Selling Commercial

Equipment

Selling Real Estate

Sexual Discrimination

Sexual Harassment

Slander

Social Security Benefit Problems

Social Security Benefits
Special Education Rights for a Child

Speeding Tickets

Stalking

Starting A Business

Suing Someone

Tax Planning

Tax Problems

Termination Of Employees

Termination Of Employment

Termination Of Parental Rights

Theft

Theft Of Ideas

Theft Of Identity

Trademark Infringement

Traffic Tickets

Transferring Real Estate By Deed

Trespassing

Trust Planning

Unfair Business Practices

V.A. Benefits

Work Place Injury

Writing A Will

 

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