We live in the golden era of information. With modern technology, we can search for information anywhere and anytime. There is so much information that is available, it is sometimes hard to decipher the good from the bad. Because there is so much available information, some people might think that doing things themselves (DIY) is a better option then finding professional help. Ok. Let’s stop there.
There are certainly areas in life that we can do plenty of research. You can look up information on the internet and put that information to practical use. For example, painting your bedroom a new color or possibly putting new flooring in your bathroom. However, there are situations that require further experience and skill.
One of those areas is the law. Knowing when you need an attorney is critical. So, what should you consider when deciding to engage an attorney or not?
1) Risk/Reward. So, if for any reason, the document is not completed correctly, what’s at stake? For example, if you are contesting a parking ticket, well, you can handle that. But if you are creating a will, at attorney can ensure documents are signed and filed appropriately. As they say, the devil is in the details. The risk of an incomplete filing can have some pretty negative results.
2) Level of experience. Perhaps you have extensive experience due to your profession. For example, maybe you are a real estate expert. If that’s the case, you may not require a real estate attorney. But if you don’t have the experience, it may be best to hire a professional.
3) Cost of correction. So, let’s say you submit everything and find out something was not completed appropriately. What are the costs to correct it? If it’s a simple task, like refiling adjusted forms, then sure, you should do it. But if the cost to correct the problem is high, either in actual expense or time, it’s a good time to engage an attorney. You may be surprised by the cost to correct issues! And how affordable good legal help really is.
4) Atypical elements. For the most part, typical legal processes are, well, typical. There aren’t a lot of exceptions. But, does your situation have any unique features or needs? Whether it’s a will and you have multiple heirs or are completing a sale/leaseback of a property, these exceptions are worthy of the expertise of an attorney. Again, you may be surprised at the reasonable costs of engaging an attorney.
5) Regional differences. Well, not all states enforce the same laws or in the same way. That extends to county and city laws. An attorney will know these differences and address them. So even if you have experience, if it’s in a different geographic area, it’s definitely worthwhile to work with a professional. After all, you need to protect your investments.
Areas such as traffic tickets and standard wills are more suited for DIY law. Some areas of law, including bankruptcy, adoption, immigration, divorce, and personal or work injuries, are clearly areas where you need an attorney. In fact, it is the only option. Consider your options and be open to engaging a licensed attorney. Because sometimes you need an attorney. Fees are often not as high as you would imagine. There are several online resources to research and select attorneys. You can always come to our site, www.SimpleLaw.com, to search for an attorney and negotiate a rate for any number of services.