The question, ‘do I need a lawyer?’ can arise in certain situations when you are unsure how to resolve your own issue. With the ease of accessible information online allows people to educate themselves to take matters in their own hands. However, some complex matters do require the expertise and knowledge of a lawyer.
Below are examples of situations where having a lawyer is highly recommended:
- Will & estate matters
- Criminal matters
- Children’s issues/child custody
- Business transactions
Instructing a lawyer for these types of cases provides you with extra protection, security and peace of mind. This is particularly paramount if you are in a state of distress and unable to make crucial decisions. Good lawyers show professionalism, attention to detail and have the expertise to handle all types of matters. Although instructing a lawyer is not cheap, however not having the knowledge and skills to challenge evidence, analyse information or manage difficult situations can cost you more. Additionally, a lawyer can sometimes save or make you money.
There are some instances where people decide not to instruct a lawyer. This is usually for small claims in which legal proceedings require the parties to represent themselves. Further, instructing a lawyer for small disputes can be avoided by using a mediator as they can also to take the stress and expense away from going to Court. This is known as an alternative dispute resolution program.
To answer the question ‘do I need a lawyer?’, first ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I know to resolve my issue?
- Do I know which area of law my issue relates to?
- Does my issue require me to attend Court?
- Am I familiar with how the Court process works?
- Am I willing to educate myself on my issue?
If you cannot confidently answer most of these questions, then seeking a lawyer is your best option.
How can a lawyer help?
A lawyer who specialises in the area of your legal issue can provide you with the right advice and guidance from beginning to end. For instance, if you are involved in a complicated property settlement, then you will need to seek a family lawyer. They can also help you to:
- Read difficult documents
- Explain legal concepts and terms using simpler terminology
- Give their opinion on steps to make next
- Represent you in Court
- Speak and negotiate on your behalf
- Answer emails
- Meet deadlines
- Produce letters to the other party
All these factors will assist in strengthening your case and give you a greater chance of success.
If you have made the decision to instruct a lawyer to resolve your issue, feel free to contact our law firm and see how we can help. Our team of experienced lawyers specialise in all areas of law and focus on realistic outcomes tailored to your needs. We also offer a free first interview at no cost and no obligation.