Situations that Need a Lawyer
Most people don’t think they may need a lawyer, yet it is surprising how many situations come up when a lawyer’s assistance is needed.
When it comes to a will, either the first draft or a third revision, this is a very important legal document and you should seek the services of a lawyer. By using a lawyer, you can make sure that everyone left behind is treated fairly, especially the spouse and surviving children. There may be a rift in the family and you do not want to leave a certain member of the family anything. A lawyer would know just how to word the will to make sure that your wishes are carried out and there is no way they can win if they contest the will. A lawyer can also make sure that your spouse and heirs can save in taxes and other estate costs.
When you are selling or buying real estate, straight out or on contract, you should have a lawyer draw up the papers so everything is clear to both parties, such as the amount that is due each month if there is a payment, the beginning and ending date of the contract, what you are selling consists of, the amount of interest and more. If you are the buyer you want to make sure that the seller cannot just sell the property out from under you, and as the seller, you want to make sure that the buyer fulfills their part of the contract. It does not matter if you are the buyer or the seller, this can be a huge financial transaction and you want a lawyer to make sure that all the documents that are necessary are there and to make sure that everything is legal.
With the unsettled economy, no matter how people are careful about their financial situation, things can, and do, happen and you may find yourself on the brink of foreclosure, or even facing bankruptcy. Before taking either of those steps, consult a lawyer to see what other options there are. If you are forced to file bankruptcy, a lawyer will fill out all the necessary paperwork, file them with the court, and go with you when you have your hearing. They will help you to decide if Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 would be the best way to file. They will help to make sure that you can keep your home and car. This also applies to your business if you have one. They lawyer will help you get through the maze of legal paperwork until you get to a satisfactory solution.
These are just some of the reasons that you may need a lawyer but there are many more. Yes, lawyers can be expensive to hire but in the long run, their hourly fees can help make sure that you, your rights, and property are protected. If you are faced with the question “Do I need a lawyer,” do not be too quick to answer no. Thinks of the situation that has you asking this question and all that the situation requires and when you do, you will have your answer to that question. If you are still not sure, call a lawyer for a consultation. Some may provide free consultations, and other may charge you a fee.