How to Know If You Should Talk to an Attorney
From business issue to family matters to a criminal accusation, there are countless reasons that you may need to talk to an attorney. Here is how to know when it's time to talk to an attorney.
Areas of law include, but are not limited to:
- Small business, including contracts and lawsuits
- Housing (landlord and tenant issues)
- Family (marriage, divorce, custody, prenuptial)
- Wills and trusts
- Personal injury
The list goes on. If something has happened to you and you know you should talk to an attorney, don’t hesitate. If you aren’t sure whether or not to take that step, ask yourself a few questions. Here are a few reasons that may need to talk to an attorney. See if any of these feel familiar to you:
You want to figure out your options
If you find yourself in a legal situation, let’s start with the obvious. The outcome is often determined by the action you take now. A well-known example is if someone has injured you. You can either decide to press charges or leave the situation alone. If you do press charges, you will want to know what can happen. Depending on your case, it may go to trial or there can be a settlement. You may have to deal with a long court process or find a resolution quickly through mediation. Speaking to an attorney sooner than later will help layout all possible options. From there, you can decide what works best for you and what you want to do.
"The legal system can sound like a foreign language. In many ways, that's what it is."
You want to find out if you have a case
The legal system can seem like a foreign language to those who are unfamiliar with it. Sometimes, you may think you have a case against a person or an organization. Speaking to an attorney can help clear things up. You can find out if you have a case and how strongly it will hold up with a judge. An attorney - an expert in that field of law - is the perfect person to talk this through with.
You want to have the correct information
Thanks to the internet, endless information is available at the tip of your fingers. Research is always important and recommended. Everything on the internet is unfortunately not always correct. Plus, the legal system is a complex one. Speaking to a lawyer can help you avoid mistakes as simple as deadlines for filing paperwork. In many areas of law, there is a statute of limitations. This means that even if you have a case, you cannot move forward with it after a certain amount of time has passed. These are things that the internet may not provide or provide correctly. Talking to an attorney ensures that you are up to date and on the right path for what you want to accomplish.
You want to protect yourself, in more ways than one
If you've been wronged, cheated, or hurt, you may be searching for a legal remedy. This is a “typical” reason to speak to an attorney - you have a case against a person or entity. It is also possible that you also may not be trying to bring a case against someone. You could be trying to protect yourself in other ways. For example, drafting your will out helps protect your family in the event you pass away. Getting a prenup written helps you if something within the marriage goes awry. Patenting your brilliant idea protects your intellectual property. Talking to an attorney offers security and allows you to move forward with confidence.
If any of these reasons apply to you, consider speaking to an attorney. An easy, seamless way to do so is by using the LegalQ app. LegalQ is an app that matches you with an attorney in your state. Pricing is upfront and transparent - you will always know what it costs.
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By: Joanna Smykowski