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6 REASONS TO TALK TO AN ATTORNEY EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SUE

It is common knowledge that you should hire a lawyer if you are going to sue someone, or if someone sues you. But there are actually a wide variety of circumstances in which it is beneficial to contact a lawyer. Below, you’ll find 6 scenarios where having someone with legal expertise on your side can have big payoffs.

“I’m starting my own business”
Congratulations! You are embarking on an exciting and nerve-wracking venture – and you need to make sure you have your legal ducks in a row before you start. A lawyer can make sure you have the right forms on file, are properly registered with local governments, and are in contact with someone if a legal question arises.

“I’m getting a divorce”
Divorce can be a straightforward matter or a more taxing ordeal. Either way, a lawyer can help you navigate the system and ensure that you are filing the proper documents at the proper times. If things do get more complicated, a lawyer will have your back and be able to fight for your best interest. While it is possible to handle a divorce on your own, it is smart to retain a lawyer so that you can rest assured that your case is being handled properly.

“Our custody agreement isn’t working”
Changes to an agreement or legal document often warrant a lawyer’s look-over. This serves both to confirm that everything is still in order from a legal standpoint and to have outside input from someone besides the people directly involved. And, as with divorce settlements, if the negotiations become more hostile, you already have a lawyer on your side.

“My neighbor said she’s going to sue me”
If you are worried that you may be on the receiving end of a lawsuit, it is wise to reach out to a lawyer beforehand and discuss the situation. Having someone already familiar with the particulars will provide you with an advantage in case you are sued. Alternately, you should also contact an attorney if you are wondering if you have grounds to sue someone; he or she can answer questions about your potential case.

“My insurance company won’t pay my claim”
The trouble with insurance companies may require you to solicit a lawyer to ensure you receive your full compensation. Insurance companies want to protect their bottom line, so they can sometimes be resistant to dole out adequate payouts. If you have questions about your claim and what the insurance company is offering you, check with a lawyer for an additional perspective and assistance.

“I think my company is mistreating me”
Workplace harassment is unfortunately a real thing, but it can be difficult to tell when an action crosses the line into a legal concern. A lawyer can help you determine if you have a case and represent you through the process, or guide you to another method of recourse if litigation is not your best bet.

Remember, an attorney’s job is to know the law, so if you have questions about the legality of something, whether or not a case is worth pursuing, or what your legal rights are, contact a lawyer to help you clarify the situation.