Why Hire a Lawyer?
Nearly everything we do in our lives, from buying a car to starting a business to interacting with others, is affected by the law in some way.
Many times, everyday interactions can be handled without the input of a lawyer, but there are plenty of occasions on which seeking legal advice can save you time, money, and a lot of unnecessary headache.
In a recent study of Americans over the age of 18, researchers for the American Bar Association found almost half had used a lawyer in the past five years.
It is common knowledge that you should consult a lawyer about major life events or changes, such as:
- Being arrested for a crime
- Becoming involved in a civil lawsuit
- Being involved in a serious accident involving injury or property damage
- A change in family status (divorce, death, adoption)
- A change in financial status (real estate transactions, bankruptcy)
- When you have tax problems
- When you are being sued or initiating a lawsuit
But did you know that it’s often better to seek legal counsel before you have a legal problem? That’s right – never think of a lawyer as your “last resort.” By consulting a lawyer before moving ahead with legal matters, you can avoid costly, complicated legal hassles. Some instances in which you should consult a lawyer before acting include:
- Before signing a contract with major financial implications
- Before closing a business deal
- Before buying or selling real estate
- Before starting a business
If you are planning to start your own small business, there are some specific reasons you should consult a laywer sooner rather than later.
- Contracts – trying to customize a template on your own can often fail to protect you and your business. You are likely to leave very important things out, or use unclear language. A lawyer reads, studies, and stays current on relevant statutes and case law in your state, and can make sure your contracts are effective and protective.
- Legal Advice – Legal counsel can protect you from unnecessary exposure to liability and advise you on best practices and courses of action for success.
- Audits of Liability – An annual legal audit of your business with a trained attorney will protect you from any potential liability issues you may be exposed to, especially those issues of which you may not even be aware.
The rule of thumb with all legal matters is this: prevention is cheaper than repair. Consulting a lawyer about your life events and business dealings beforehand substantially reduces the likelihood that you will need to hire one to handle a legal dispute down the line.
Legal services involve more than just documents. A seasoned attorney like the partners at Marcantel Marcantel, Wall, and Pfeiffer can help you to see the big picture in your business dealings and personal interactions, and save you time, money, and hassle.