Reasons to Hire a Lawyer
Has something happened to you recently that has made you question if you should hire a lawyer? You may think with all the legal information and tools on the internet, you can handle your case independently. Moreover, some legal issues do not require an attorney, such as fighting a speeding ticket or going to small claims court. However, in the case of other legal disputes, there are many reasons to hire a lawyer, especially to maximize the effectiveness of your case. For more information on the benefits and reasons to hire a lawyer, continue reading.
We will start by saying, the law is complicated and changes regularly. In fact, most lawyers specialize in specific areas of law because it would be impossible to learn, remember, and understand all of the laws and legal procedures in existence. A solid case can quickly unravel without the quick thinking and problem-solving expertise of a trained attorney. Furthermore, without a lawyer guiding you through endeavors with potential legal ramifications, you may run into otherwise avoidable issues. As a rule of thumb, it is always better to avoid legal problems rather than fix them later.
A frequent concern when thinking about hiring a lawyer is the cost. Needless to say, the services lawyers provide are often costly. However, lawyers have the experience, resources, and knowledge to fight for the best outcome for their clients. Ultimately, not having a lawyer could cost you more in the long run. If the stakes of your case are high, hiring a good lawyer will be worth the money.
Next, a lawyer knows how to take care of all the technicalities of a case. For example, they know how to challenge evidence, negotiate settlements, negotiate plea bargains, properly fill out legal documents, follow the correct procedures, and they have access to witnesses and experts you may need for a successful case. Without proper legal training, you may not be able to tell if a key piece of evidence was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts a previous statement. Your attorney will be specifically looking for these things and may even be able to suppress flawed evidence.
Also, if you are not an attorney, it can be hard to understand the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. Filing the wrong document or following the wrong procedure could derail your case, or have it thrown out completely. An experienced lawyer has probably seen a case similar to yours or at least knows enough to make an educated guess on how it might get resolved at trial. Sometimes, a settlement is the best option, while other times it is important to see your case through to trial. A lawyer will be able to calculate the best option given your case, and then begin preparing your strongest case for that option immediately. An attorney can also help negotiate a fair settlement with the other party, probably more effectively than you.
Lastly, attorneys depend on an extended network of professionals to help their clients win their cases. They spend their entire career building and refining their professional network. As an individual, it is likely you don’t have the same network connections that can help with discovery or can challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing party. The network surrounding an attorney is one of their greatest assets and could be the deciding factor between you winning or losing the case.
Presenting Your Strongest Case
It is important when you are presenting a case to present the strongest case possible. Pleading guilty or admitting fault are not the only options, even if there is direct evidence pointing against you. A lawyer can thoroughly explain all your options and help you avoid potentially severe penalties. A lawyer can also recommend the best course of action for the most desirable result.
Also worth noting, it is likely the opposing party in your case has legal representation. If they have legal representation and you do not, you are signing up for an unfair fight. As we mentioned earlier, the law is complicated and if you do not have legal representation, the attorney representing the opposing party would take advantage of this inequity.
Surveying the Scene and Securing Witnesses
If you suffer an injury, you must seek an attorney immediately because there may be a need to urgently investigate. Conducting a thorough investigation in the aftermath of an accident is extremely important in determining who is legally liable for the damages you have suffered. The accident scene may need to be photographed before it changes or is cleaned up. Also, your attorney may need to secure a statement from a witness while the witness is still around. Both these steps are important in building your strongest case and are extremely time-sensitive. Thus, you should contact an attorney immediately if you are injured.
Maintaining Case Legitimacy
Furthermore, for a case to be successful and valid an attorney may need to obtain a police report or file statutorily required forms to preserve a claim. If you wait too long to secure legal help, you may jeopardize the legitimacy of your case. In the event that you fail to contact an attorney immediately, still try to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. Most attorneys will have a team of accident reconstruction specialists, doctors, and other professionals who will do their best to analyze the incident and your injuries to determine what happened and who is at fault.
Bottom line, it is best to contact an attorney right away if you have suffered an injury. If you neglected to do so at the time of your injury, don’t give up hope yet. An attorney may still be able to help you build a solid case as long as you contact them as soon as possible.
Luckily, many attorneys provide a free case consultation. During this first meeting with an attorney, you will get a better understanding of the type of case you have and its likely outcome. There is ultimately no reason for you to not speak with a lawyer and get a better idea of the legal journey ahead of you. A free consultation will also clear up any uncertainty you may have about needing or not needing legal representation for your specific case. Furthermore, a free consultation can give you a good feel for the lawyer and if they seem like a good match for you. It is important to get a lawyer you can connect with and who you feel genuinely cares about your case.
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If you are searching for legal representation in the state of New Jersey, look no further than David Kaplan. With 30+ years of experience, David Kaplan, attorney at law, has dedicated his career to helping those who have had their rights infringed upon in a variety of situations. David handles each case personally and with his wealth of legal knowledge and expertise, he has won multiple million-dollar verdicts and other large awards. His successful results paired with his passion for justice will help you find the legal representation you deserve. For more information, or to book a free consultation, visit David Kaplan’s website.