When Do you Need a Lawyer?

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With over 35,000 practicing attorneys in the state of Georgia and more than 400 in the Gwinnett County area alone, deciding which law office to contact when you need legal counsel can be overwhelming. Familiarizing yourself with the areas of legal specialization will save time and lessen confusion when you need a clear head. Once you determine the type of attorney that best suits your needs, you’ll want to make sure the individual lawyer is the right match for you.

Real Estate Law
Purchasing real property (land, home or business) requires a real estate lawyer to preside over the closing. They also deal with disputes involving homeowner’s associations, landlords and tenants, and commercial leases, to name a few.

Bankruptcy Law
Bankruptcy lawyers help people who can no longer pay their creditors get a fresh start by liquidating assets to pay debts, or by creating a repayment plan, depending on the chapter of bankruptcy. Federal courts have jurisdiction over bankruptcy, which means that a case cannot be filed in state court.

Business & Corporate Law
Corporate lawyers ensure that commercial transactions are conducted legally. Typical corporate lawyers will have expertise in contract law, tax law, accounting, securities law, intellectual property rights, zoning, and licensing.

Family Law
Attorneys specializing in family law deal with issues involving marriage, prenuptial agreements, civil unions and domestic partnerships, as well as adoption, child support, alimony, divorce, property settlements, child custody, paternity testing, and other situations related to family.

Labor & Employment Law
Labor law deals with resolving disputes between workers and employers or trade unions, and in maintaining employment standards that dictate the conditions under which employees work.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
This specialization, also known as tort law, deals with loss or harm suffered at the hands of another. The accused might not have necessarily broken the law but might have caused another to suffer due to negligence or carelessness.

Mediation & Arbitration
Mediation and arbitration arose in response to concerns that conventional litigation had become too expensive, too slow, and too cumbersome for many cases involving civil suits. These alternatives to resolving disputes outside of court, methods known collectively as alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, have increased in use over the past twenty years.

Tax Law
Though many tax attorneys work for large corporations, some deal exclusively with individual clients. A tax lawyer must be familiar with tax laws at the federal, state and local level. They may see clients who are having disputes with the IRS, or advise recent lottery winners or heirs on how to best manage their money to optimize the best possible outcome.

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