I can’t count the number of phone calls I have received over the years from people who begin their conversation with, “I’m not sure I need an attorney…” Do you always need one for every situation in life? Probably not. After all, every sniffle doesn’t mean you need a doctor, and there are a lot of online resources that can walk you through simply issues.
But if you have a question that might need a lawyer, why not make the call and determine if one is necessary? My first response to that eternal question as to whether someone needs legal advice is the same: “Our attorneys don’t charge for the initial consultation, so it won’t cost you anything to decide if you need their services.”
The question is really one of risk. The risk of asking an attorney if you need his or her help is low. (Well, it’s low at our firm anyway—the initial consultation is free and the advice is always honest. I can’t speak for other firms.)
But the risk of potentially needing legal help and not getting it is tremendous. The cost associated with handling a legal issue is far less than the cost associated with fixing a legal problem. Legal issues become legal problems when you ignore them or, often worse, try to handle them without the help of a lawyer.
Many people decide to wade those legal waters alone only to discover soon afterward they’re in way over their heads. Why not ask questions first before making that leap? Hiring an attorney may save you a lot of money and heartache in the long run. On the other hand, if your situation isn’t nearly as full of minefields as you envisioned, our attorneys will be happy to let you know that as well. (Assuming (correctly, we think) that people value honesty and us giving away the business is enough reason to hire us next time.)
We’re here to help, but only if we are really needed. If you can navigate those waters just fine on your own, we’ll let you know, and if you really need a legal team on your side, we’ll be honest and tell you that, too.
Just don’t drown in legalities before taking us up on a free consultation!