When it comes to legal issues, it is always advisable to seek the advice of an attorney. An attorney is going to work in your interest. Having an attorney will give you the highest probability of achieving the best possible outcome for your legal situation. However, there are many situations in which it is tempting for people to go it alone. The following are a few examples of situations in which an individual might try to avoid getting legal help, and why is it best to have an attorney anyway.
Even if both you and your spouse are on good speaking terms, it is best to have the benefit of legal advice. Custody agreements can be difficult unless you understand the law, but even without children, many assets can be complicated to disperse after a divorce. In addition, both of you will need separate attorneys, so each of you will have lawyers working in your best interest.
A bankruptcy filing
People are often tempted to save money on an attorney and file bankruptcy. This is understandable because those filing for bankruptcy are in a dire financial situation. However, bankruptcy attorneys understand their client's financial situation and offer various payment options. If you try to file yourself, the complexities of bankruptcy will quickly become apparent.
An arrest for driving under the influence
Many people get arrested for driving under the influence and they simply want to put the entire incident behind them. This is especially common with a first-time offender. They may think, "There is no need for an attorney. I'll just plead guilty and that will be the end of it." But this is a mistake. The sentence for a first time DUI conviction can be harsh, but an attorney can often mitigate the penalties.
A personal injury
Of course, if you are having a problem with an insurance claim, you will likely enlist an attorney's help. The problem comes when you don't have an issue with getting compensation. The first time an insurance company offers you a check, you need an attorney. You may not realize it, but when you are offered a seemingly fair settlement, is likely to be a low amount. Insurance companies try to settle for the lowest amount possible, and it simply is easier to do this when the injured party has no legal representation.
The examples above are only four situations when you need an attorney, even when you don't realize it. Generally speaking, it is in those situations where you shrug off the idea of needing an attorney that you will need one the most. At the very least, you should always consult with an attorney about any legal issue before you decide whether you need one or not.
Talk to a firm like McKone & Unruh for more information.