As an individual who worked as a paralegal for a couple years after college, I am a huge proponent of consulting lawyers when you have problems that need to be resolved with the help of a professional. That being said, what are three specific instances in which you should consult a lawyer. First, I’d say you should consult a lawyer when you are going through a divorce. This is a crazy time where the emotions of both spouses are heightened and things can get really ugly really fast. I was a family law paralegal and saw this day in and day out. When you get divorced there are so many different little things to consider that consulting with a lawyer is in your best interest.
Second, I’d say you should consult a lawyer when you are needing the declare bankruptcy. Hopefully this never happens to you, but given the economic status of the United States, I’ve seen a lot of people struggle financially. Declaring bankruptcy is a big deal since it affects you in a very real way for at least 7 years, but in reality for your whole life. Rather than running into it too hastily, I suggest consulting with a lawyer beforehand to really see if that is your best option.
Third, I’d say you should consult a lawyer when you are charged criminally with a crime. Once again, I sure hope you don’t find yourself down this road, but everyone is entitled to representation. Even those individuals who can’t afford a lawyer can have a court appointed one. The law has many intricacies so it is best to speak to someone who has made it their career to understand the law and help other people. This is crucial depending on the severity of the crime because you could end up in jail forever. It is important to speak with a lawyer who specializes in your particular issue.
For instance, our attorney is a worker’s compensation specialist. When an attorney specializes in your legal issue you know you are going to be well taken care of because they have a lot of experience with it if it is all they focus on and spend their time doing. So regardless of what preconceived notions you have about lawyers, there are some times where you should definitely consult with one.