Situations You Must Seek Legal Assistance

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You will find yourself in complex situations that you cannot handle single-handedly without involving a lawyer. There are two legal categories, namely, criminal law and civil law. Civil law covers all the issues that do not involve breaking the law, whereas criminal law deals with offenses against the laws of any local, state, or federal government.

Your situation will determine the legal class you will need, whether you are the offended or the accused in a court of law.

Here are situations that will require you to get legal advice.

A Complex Divorce

Sometimes a couple may mutually agree on the separation details meaning there is no need for a lawyer. However, this does not often happen, especially when there is property to consider.

Only an ignorant person will overlook hiring a lawyer when it comes to the issue of investments, debts, savings, support, and child custody. Do not assume that your partner will proceed with respect and humility. What begins as minor concerns over little properties may result in a long list of demands that you did not expect.

It would be best to be on the safer side by hiring a lawyer upfront. In addition, a family lawyer can assist you in settling couple disputes and avoiding divorce.

Cases of Wills and Trusts

Many family disputes often arise when the testator of a will dies. It would be good to draw up your will or trust with the help of a reputable legal practitioner to save your family from these struggles. You should set your first will when you get your first child and update it periodically.

Suppose the testator of a will dies and you wish to dispute it, you will need legal guidance before starting the process. It is essential to determine whether it is possible to challenge the will in question and, if yes, how much you will need. Click here to learn all you need to contest a will in the court of law. 

Facing Criminal Charges

You may not even know where to start when faced with criminal charges. Sometimes you may be sure that you are innocent of the claims, yet you do not understand your rights as the accused.

Once you learn that you have charges to face, get a lawyer immediately to protect your rights and defend you in court the best way possible, whether guilty or innocent.

Car Accident with Injury

Suppose you get an injury in a car accident that was not your fault, the other party’s insurance might rush to compensate you soonest possible. Do not accept that. Never discuss anything with an insurance representative without consulting a personal injury lawyer.

You may not understand the laws governing compensation rates, but an attorney does. The only person you are safe talking to without a lawyer, in that case, is the police at the accident scene. All you need to do is answer straightforward questions. 

When Starting a Business

Suppose you are setting up a new business, alone, partnership, or a corporation; you will need an attorney to go through all the legal requirements. It would be best to obey the law, which must protect you. Only a business lawyer can undertake such a task.

Conclusion

It is normal to assume that you know the answers and that your life experiences combined with those of close friends will give you an escape from any situation. However, you have to distinguish which conditions you can easily play around with and which must involve a legal practitioner.

 

2 responses

  1. Great and useful blog post Stella. My late mom was a legal secretary so I’m fully aware of the need for good legal advice.

    I went through the divorce from hell to the ex 21 years ago. It took 3 years to get it fully completed with all the complexities. It was acrimonious. The ex was abusive.

    If your escaping an abusive marriage you will need legal involved.

    Too often people think they will work things out them selves because of the cost and legal aid being very difficult and limited to get now. Its a mistake.

    Most solicitors do half an hour free so it’s worth at least taking advice.

    Re wills, your absolutely right. You can make your own if its simple however its always best to make a will with a solicitor if it’s more complex.

    Not making a will leaves complexities: whilst you can apply for a grant of administration if there is no will, any problems within the family can make it more complex.

    If there is a will you can then get probate in a much easier simple and less costly way

    I’ve seen this first hand with a friend daughter and her half sister and brother.

    Its caused a great deal of upset and complications as nothing was in writing so the family are using this to manipulate how the estate is split which isn’t in the way my friend wanted it.

    • Glad you found the blog post useful. Thanks for sharing these experiences. Many people take these things for granted.

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