Legal Assistance

When you need to take legal action, having the right experts on your side can make the difference between winning and losing. The right lawyer or law firm can provide advice and guidance as you take steps to correct a wrong or to seek damages. They will file a lawsuit on your behalf, advocate for you, investigate your case, and fight for your rights.

How Do You Know You Need Legal Assistance?

Any time you feel out of your depth in a legal situation, talk to a lawyer. Not all legal matters require a lawyer, but if you feel as if you cannot handle the situation, that your rights are being violated, or that you don’t understand your options, it’s time to consult an expert. Here are some typical situations best handled by a legal professional:[1]

  • You have been in an accident that caused an injury or experienced property damage.
  • You, or a child, has been harmed by a medical device, medical professional, or medication.
  • You’re involved in a property dispute.
  • You have a tax problem.
  • A lawyer representing someone else or an insurance adjuster has contacted you.
  • You have experienced discrimination or had your rights violated.
  • You have been assaulted.
  • There is a major family conflict, such as divorce or custody disagreements.
  • There is a possibility you could go to jail or owe a lot of money.
  • You are being denied benefits.

How to Choose the Right Lawyer

When it’s time to seek legal assistance, you do not have to choose the first lawyer you contact. Take time to find the best law firm or attorney for your situation. Some of the most important factors in selecting a lawyer are:[2]

  • Relevant experience in the right area of the law
  • Someone you can work with comfortably
  • Reasonable fees and contingency plans if appropriate
  • A proven track record with other clients and good references
  • Good communication and a willingness to answer all your questions

These are some of the major types of lawyers and lawsuits you may encounter while looking for legal assistance:

  1. American Bar Association. (2018, June 7). When Do I Need a Lawyer?
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  2. American Bar Association. (2019, September 9). How Do I Find a Lawyer?
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