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You May Need an Attorney and Not Even Know It

People take legal matters into their own hands every day, and sometimes they lose money and property in the process. You can make a legally binding contract without using an attorney, but you are risking missing some big legal loopholes and laws you may not be familiar with that can not only make your contract invalid but can actually cost you in the end. When you are selling or purchasing real estate, tackling the creation of a will or even just loaning money to a friend, a consultation with an attorney can be a positive step. I'll show you when and why you need an attorney.



You May Need an Attorney and Not Even Know It

Three Situations When You Should Use The Services Of An Attorney

by Barry Butler

There are many situations when an attorney will perform valuable services for you. In some of these situations, they are protecting your legal rights by helping you get all the money you are entitled to. Unfortunately, people often neglect to consult an attorney because they think it is unnecessary.

Here are a few ways attorney services can help you.

You have assets that you want distributed in a specific way after you pass

Even without a lot of wealth, there is a right way and a wrong way to draft a last will and testament. When you see an attorney, they will ask you questions that you may not ask yourself concerning your assets. And because the will is drafted by an attorney, there is less of a chance it will be challenged. In addition, an attorney can discuss a living trust. In some cases, this may be a better choice than a will. An attorney can help you make an informed decision and draw up the paperwork, properly.

You're an unwed mother who is pregnant or has given birth

An attorney can help you legally establish paternity for your child. This is an important and necessary first step to getting child support. Without this, the father of your child, even when financially supporting his child, can stop sending you money, without fear of recourse. If this happens after paternity has been established, you can go to court and have his wages garnished. Furthermore, it is easy for a father to support his child without giving you all the money the law says he should be giving you. An attorney can make sure you are getting all the money your child is entitled to.

You have sustained an injury through no fault of your own

There are many ways this can happen: car accidents, slip and fall injuries, dog bites, or falling objects on a business property. This can happen on business or residential property. Often, an insurance company will make an offer to settle the case quickly, but this is just to keep the cost of compensation as low as possible. An attorney will look out for your interest and will understand all the financial compensation coming to you. Without an attorney, there are likely to be things that you have overlooked or don't know about. After an injury accident, consult an attorney quickly as you can.

When you're injured due to the negligence of another, you're an unwed mother, or you want assurance that your heirs get the assets you want them to have, these are just a few of the situations in your life where you should consult an attorney.