Because most people are living on a budget nowadays, it can be hard to justify spending money on items that are outside your regular expenses. There are all kinds of reasons and different points in life where people turn to attorneys, but as we all know they don’t come cheap. So how do you know when it’s worth it to spend the money on an attorney? Here’s a look at some common issues in life that can definitely prove worthy of a little help from an attorney.
A DUI Charge
This first situation is one that should be taken very seriously. While there is no law that says you have to have a DUI attorney, it can certainly help you to win your case. Even if you just set up a consultation with an attorney so that you can get their input and advice, it can prove to be incredibly beneficial. Because this type of attorney has represented people in your exact same shoes, they know all the things to look for, what the important details are, and what questions will be asked.
A DUI attorney is well aware of how to best plead your case and how to go about a plea bargain (if one applies).
When looking for an attorney, make sure to find one that represents people in your state, as laws, regulations, and procedures can differ slightly from state-to-state. The only time you can probably waive the need for an attorney with a DUI charge is if you plan on pleading guilty, but even so, it is still smart to have an attorney working for you.
You Are Involved in an Accident That Results in Bodily Harm
This is another time that it pays to hire an attorney. It doesn't matter if you are the one who is suffering from bodily harm due to an accident, or if you were the one that caused the harm, this is an excellent time to contact a lawyer.
Accidents can include such things as a motor vehicle accident, an accident at a friend's house, etc. Many people assume that their insurance provider will look after them and fight for them, but this isn’t always the case.
Legal Separation or Divorce
Divorce is, unfortunately, something that happens to a large number of couples here in the United States, and if you find yourself in this situation, it’s important you cover yourself from a legal standpoint. A legal separation or divorce requires paperwork and the proper steps are followed.
There is likely property to be divided up, savings, debt, and even custody arrangements if kids are involved. This is an awful lot to tackle on your own, which is why an attorney can prove to be so useful. Not only that, they will also fight for your rights and make sure you get the best deal possible in the separation and divorce agreement.
Setting up a Business
Perhaps you are working on setting up your own business. If that’s the case, you want to be sure you take all the right steps so you are ensured the highest chance of success. Hiring a lawyer means you don’t have to worry about whether or not you have taken the proper steps, as they will look after all the details for you.
When you look for an attorney, you will want to find one that has experience with business start-ups, and preferably in your industry. Each industry has its own unique set of rules and challenges, so it pays to have an attorney who is well-versed in your particular area of focus.
If You Are Facing Trial
This last instance is one that is a no-brainer. If you are facing a trial of any sort, an attorney should be an absolute must. They study and practice law on a daily basis, they know how the court system works, all about court procedures, how to defend a case, and what all the legal talk means. If you want to improve your chances in a court case, your best option is to hire a lawyer to represent you.
Spending Money to Save Money
These are the exact types of circumstances and cases where spending money can actually save you money in the end. An experienced attorney can work on having charges dropped, work out a plea bargain for you, save you from making a mistake that results in you being sued, and make sure that you follow all the important steps and rules.
*This is a collaborative post.