02 May The Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire An Attorney
Not every legal matter requires the use of an attorney. However, in many situations involving a legal dispute, challenge, or ordeal, you may not wish to chance the risks of going at it alone without the advice of an experienced lawyer who can help you out.
In fact, while effective legal representation may not be cheap, it can help get you out of a number of sticky situations – such as a bad divorce, lost job, or DUI violation – not to mention the potential alternatives for not using an attorney — including broken agreements, lost claims, or worse, jail time.
While each person’s legal situation is different, there are times when you really should hire a lawyer. Below are our top 5 reasons.
The Law Is Complicated.
Ignorance of the law is never an excuse in court and may actually end up costing you more in the long run. Depending on your case, different lawyers have different expertise in the field of law they are practicing.
Even lawyers themselves hire separate counsel to represent them regarding different matters.
The law is grey and can be extremely complicated to one who is not an attorney. Because the law is constantly changing and expanding, attorneys have chosen their niche, where they have become experts in their respective areas of practice.
Your Freedom May Be On The Line.
If you are facing criminal charges, your freedom may be on the line.
Even if you are facing a civil case/judgment, your financial freedom may be on the line. In these instances, the average individual facing court proceedings hires an attorney experienced in handling matters similar to theirs’.
An experienced attorney zealously advocates on your behalf to make all claims on defenses in your favor. Don’t risk going to jail or losing your home. You will lose more in the long run. An experienced attorney can negotiate a good settlement or plea bargain, or outright dismissal of your charges on your behalf
It Can Make You Money.
In some instances, a client does not have to pay any attorney fees unless the attorney wins the case.
For example, in a majority of personal injury matters, attorney fees are based on a contingency. You guessed it! That means if the attorney does not win you money, you do not pay! Why negotiate with insurance companies when an attorney can negotiate knowledgeably on your behalf. In many instances, attorneys have been able to win their clients a significantly larger settlement than the client negotiated for himself/herself.
Remember, an experienced attorney understands the claims, defenses, and loopholes that insurance companies look to capitalize on so they don’t pay out.
You May Not Know Exactly How To Move Forward.
You may not know exactly what a pleading is.
You may not know exactly what a motion is.
In a criminal case, a lot of times, the prosecutor pressures you to plead guilty. A lot of times, there are many other options. An attorney can file a motion to suppress evidence in your case for a variety of different reasons.
Moreover, there are diversionary programs that can lead to a dismissal of the charges against you.
The Opposing Party Is Represented by An Attorney.
Generally, if the opposing party is represented by an attorney, you are at a disadvantage. As the law is broad and complicated, an attorney will take advantage of a non-attorney who is not as experienced, or experienced at all in the field of law.