This is a legal post by Ellie Jo.
It’s often tempting to head into a situation by yourself when you feel that you’ve done nothing wrong. But whether the situation is a legal or civil issue, innocence doesn’t always mean much and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can do away with legal representation. It can do your more damage than you imagine. So, with that in mind, it’s time to talk about when to hire a lawyer and some of the key instances in which it makes sense.
Hire a Lawyer Your Business is Facing Contractual Conflicts
First of all, you should take extra care to ensure you protect your business from legal issues. Having an in-house attorney or a reliable attorney you can turn to whenever you need them makes sense. It does not matter the size of your business. When you’re facing contractual conflicts or disputes, calling in your lawyers at the soonest opportunity is the wisest move.
Get a Lawyer When the Legal Situation is Complex
When your situation is complex and you don’t fully understand the legal situation you’re in, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to hire an attorney. They’re the professionals. People pay lawyers to understand these kinds of legal situations so that you don’t have to. If things are too complex for you, it’s never a good idea to go into the situation alone.
When Facing Potential Charges
If you’re in a situation where you’re facing potential criminal charges, then finding the right attorneys should be your number one priority. Dealing with police without an attorney, no matter how innocent you are, is never a good idea. At the soonest opportunity, find the legal representation and advice that’s going to serve you best and get you out of trouble as quickly as possible.
When to Hire a Lawyer to Avoid Conflict
When you find yourself simply wanting to avoid conflict in a given situation, outsourcing the problem to your attorneys can be a good idea. They act as impartial and it means that you often don’t have to get involved directly. Hiring an attorney in a divorce proceeding is a perfect example of this. It takes the personal feelings and emotions out of the situation when an attorney can do most of the work on your behalf.
When Not Having a Lawyer Might End Up Costing You More
Finally, you should always look at the situation and consider whether the cost of hiring an attorney might end up actually costing you less money than going it alone. Don’t be put off by costs. You’ll pay the price in worse and bigger ways in many instances if you try to address a legal situation without the right legal advice and representation.
As you take on the legal challenges that lie ahead of you, it’s usually best to ensure you’re well represented by someone who really knows what they’re doing. You’ll only end up living with regrets later if you don’t take steps to hire an attorney and lawyer up at the earliest opportunity.
Ellie Jo is a frequent contributor to Rachel K. Belkin.