For many persons,the decision to involve an attorney in personal issue comes down to a few factors,ranging from finance to inability to dissolve a conflict on their own. However, involving an attorney in your dispute can be beneficial in unexpected situations. This is more of an emotional decision, based on having the feeling that you are not representing yourself and if you decide “I can not afford to lose this case,” it’s time to find an attorney with these reasons:
1) Not Hiring An Attorney In Your Case Is Risky;
While each person’s legal situation is different, there are times when you really should hire an attorney. In fact, failing to hire an attorney in certain instances can lead to broken agreements, lost claims, or even prison time.
2) Attorneys Know How to Tender And Challenge An Evidence;
Without the proper legal training, you may not be able to know how to tender your evidence in a courtroom or whether a key piece of evidence against you was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts an earlier statement.
3) An Attorney Can Help Negotiate A Fair Settlement With The Opposing Party;
Sometimes a settlement is the best option while other times it makes more sense to see your case through to trial. An attorney can also help negotiate a fair settlement with the opposing party. So an attorney can save or make you money.
4) Law is Complex;
If you’re not an attorney you probably have no business acting like one in a dispute as failing to hire an attorney can result in otherwise avoidable pitfalls.
What You Can Expect From Your Attorney and What Your Attorney Can Expect From You
As a client, you have certain rights. They include the following:
- Confidentiality. Your conversations with your attorney and any documents or information you give your attorney are required to be kept private.
- Competence. You have a right to expect your attorney to handle your matter competently. It means your attorney should know where to go to find the answers and devote the attention to your matter that it deserves.
- Honesty. You should expect your attorney to tell you the truth and to handle any funds of yours in a completely trustworthy manner.
- Loyalty. Your attorney should not have any conflicts of interest that would cause his or her loyalty to be divided between you and another person with an interest in the outcome of your matter.
- Information. You have a right to be kept informed of the progress of your matter and to have your questions answered. You should not hesitate to ask your attorney questions and you should expect to have your questions answered. Your attorney also expects certain things from you in order to handle your case most effectively. They include:
- Honesty. Just as you have a right to expect honesty, so does your attorney. You should provide your attorney with full and complete information about your matter, including, an information that may be bad for your case.
- Cooperation. You and your attorney must work together as a team. You cannot simply turn your problems over and expect him or her to call you when it is resolved.
- Payment of Fees. If you have agreed to pay fees or costs, your attorney expects you to comply with your agreement.