At Real Life Legal™, we want you to understand something well enough to decide when you need a lawyer, and what to expect with or without one.
It’s as simple as that.
Fear of Lawyers?
People are often afraid to seek legal help because they’re:
Embarrassed or ashamed of the jam they’re in.
Concerned about looking foolish or stupid or being vulnerable.
Not sure they’ll know if the lawyer is qualified.
Afraid of what a lawyer will cost.
Put these concerns aside because the right lawyer is your ally and advocate.
To hire a lawyer who is right for you:
Check out his/her experience with your precise concerns.
Verify that the lawyer is licensed.
Consider personal recommendations.
Check complaints with the bar association or state licensing authority.
Read online information including background and testimonials.
Inquire about fees and fee arrangements.
Assess availability to work and return phone calls, etc.
You must always hire a lawyer if you are:
Placed under arrest.
Served papers in a lawsuit.
Involved in a serious accident.
Changing family status in connection with death, divorce or adoption.
Experiencing bankruptcy, foreclosure.
Served with tax notices (or you can consult a CPA).
If you can’t afford a lawyer, many local bar associations provide counsel at low or no cost. You may also get the help you need from a non-profit group that serves people with the type of issue you are facing.