Some problems are not really legal—or are not exclusively legal—and can be handled, at least in part, with the help of other kinds of professionals, such as accountants, doctors, psychologists, the clergy, or other counselors. But many problems do have a legal dimension and require a lawyer’s help. Are there specific cases when I should see a lawyer?
Yes, some matters are best handled by a lawyer. Nearly everyone agrees that you should talk with a lawyer about major life events or changes. Some examples might include:
• Being arrested for a crime;
• Being served with documents related to a legal proceeding or lawsuit;
• Being involved in a serious accident causing personal injury or property damage;
• A change or pending change in family status, such as divorce, birth, adoption, or death;
• A change or pending change in financial status, such as filing for bankruptcy or gaining or losing a valuable item such as personal property or real estate.
• When opening a new business, or planning to exit or sale a business, there may be complicated contracts containing legal agreements that may need a clarifying explanation or revisions that would be best handled by legal counsel.