Diane K. Davison, Esq.
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Do You Need A Lawyer?

Although there may be no legal requirement that you consult and/or hire a lawyer, there are certainly situations where the majority of people might decide to consult with an attorney. Many would agree that legal assistance and/or representation would be desirable faced with the following situations:

  • When you have been arrested or accused of a crime;
  • When the sub-standard medical treatment you have received has substantially impaired your quality of life;
  • When a close family member has died due to the actions of another person, product, or company;
  • When you have been turned down for a Social Security Disability or Worker's Compensation Claim;
  • When you are being sued;
  • When you have a contract with a person or company, and the other party refuses to abide by the terms of the contract;
  • When someone has damaged or destroyed your property and refuses to compensate you for your loss;
  • When someone has said or done something untrue which has seriously tarnished your personal and professional reputation;
  • When you are being wrongfully evicted by either your landlord or mortgage lien holder;
  • When you have been lied to or cheated resulting in some form of loss or injury;
  • When you are faced with foreclosure, or are getting further and further behind in paying your bills.

In addition to the times when you might feel a strong motivation to seek legal representation, there are other less obvious occasions when you might benefit from consulting with an attorney. These situations may be overlooked if your situation does not seem overly serious at the moment, if the effects of this situation have not yet become apparent, or if events appear to be going smoothly at present without legal assistance. Such situations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • When you have been injured in an accident and you are dealing with an insurance company, even if it is your own insurance company;
  • When you have been injured on the job, or while performing an activity required by your job;
  • When you have been injured on another person's property, whether that property is commercial or private property;
  • When your insurance coverage has been seriously altered or dropped;
  • When you are faced with signing a contract and you do not fully understand or are not in agreement with the terms;
  • When you have received a traffic ticket that might affect your insurance rates or ability to drive;
  • When you or a member of your family has been treated unfairly by a school or employer resulting in significantly negative consequences;
  • When you are contemplating a divorce or separation;
  • When you are contemplating cohabitation or marriage;
  • When you are opening a company, liquidating a company, or changing the company structure;
  • When you are considering adoption, or if you are considering giving your child up for adoption;
  • When you are contemplating writing a will or altering an existing will;
  • When you have been named as an heir in a will;
  • When you are opening or closing a business, even if you do not plan to incorporate;
  • When you are considering buying or selling an item of considerable value;
  • When you are having trouble with a tenant or landlord.

Sadly, in situations similar to those listed above, where it is unclear to many whether or not legal advice would be of benefit, that the absence of legal assistance may cause you to lose valuable ground toward resolving the problem in your favor. When faced with a situation where it is unclear whether you would benefit from legal representation, discussing your issue with a licensed attorney may help you to assess whether you would benefit from legal representation.

Competent legal representation may help you avoid unknown traps and pitfalls that can weaken your position regarding your legal issue. The sooner you have an attorney in your corner to listen to you, and work in your best interest to guide you in such situations, the more likely you will be able to resolve your legal issue in a way most beneficial to you.

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