Do I Need a Lawyer?


Get­ting legal help can some­times appear unnec­es­sary in the mod­ern world — Courts are mak­ing forms more avail­able to the pub­lic for things like name changes and dis­so­lu­tion of mar­riages, and every­one has the inter­net as a poten­tial resource. So why hire a lawyer? Can’t you just do it on your own?

Can’t I just do it on my own?

In most instances, the basic forms pro­vid­ed by a Court are only one part of the case. Motions, dis­cov­ery, and court hear­ings are a reg­u­lar part of many areas of law.  When it comes to nego­ti­at­ing with oth­er par­ties or per­suad­ing the Court, a lawyer knows which argu­ments are like­ly to be best received or should be avoid­ed. Court­rooms can be intim­i­dat­ing, and lawyers who work reg­u­lar­ly with Court staff can nav­i­gate this world for you. 

What about templates I can buy on the web?

Legal forms are only one small part of com­plet­ing a legal task. For the cre­ation of a Will or Trust, what is in– or left out– of that doc­u­ment can make the dif­fer­ence in your loved ones’ futures. Lawyers also know how oth­er Lawyers oper­ate, and can be an effec­tive way to nego­ti­ate cas­es where ten­sions might run high. In oth­er areas of the law those online forms may be entire­ly out of date or oth­er­wise non­com­pli­ant with the law. How would you know?

This is a simple issue, we’ll never go to court!

Even if your case nev­er has you in a court­room, Lawyers are trained to “issue spot” and find the poten­tial pit­falls in every sce­nario. If you’re an inex­pe­ri­enced camper, the first time you go into the wilder­ness a map might get you halfway there, but a guide with first aid and sur­vival expe­ri­ence is bet­ter if things go awry.  Since you nev­er know when things will go awry ahead of time, its best to plan. A lawyer is a pro­fes­sion­al. This one-time event in your life is what we do over and over, for a living. 

Can’t I just wait and see if it this issue becomes a real problem and then hire you?

We are always here for you, when­ev­er you’re ready. One of the rea­sons we like to get involved ear­ly is because we can help pre­vent issues from becom­ing larg­er problems.

We hope all legal mat­ters are han­dled effi­cient­ly and inex­pen­sive­ly- and if they are, hav­ing a lawyer at your side will not sub­stan­tial­ly increase the finan­cial bur­den.  It will alle­vi­ate a lot of anx­i­ety and guilt over your own abil­i­ties, too.

OK. Maybe I need a lawyer- why should we choose you?