If you are involved in any type of legal dispute whether it be a divorce, business, auto collision or any other type of dispute you should always hire an attorney. Do not think that you can handle any legal situation yourself. There is a saying used by many attorneys: “a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.” A lawyer brings specific knowledge, objectivity, focus and a realization that their conduct and representation of a client is overseen by a professional board known as the Bar Association for their respective state. If an individual were to use a non-lawyer to represent them in a legal matter they will not receive the benefits of the training that an actual lawyer provides a client.
First Advantage: An Attorney Has Far Superior Knowledge Of The Law Than Non-Lawyer
An attorney can provide a client with information about what the law actually entails and what they are entitled to. If you hire an attorney they have access to legal cases that can be used on your behalf that a non-lawyer would be hard-pressed to find and is very unlikely to know how to use in a way that will help their case. In some cases a lawyer is able to move the jurisdiction of where the case can be heard and can put it in a place where the juries are generally more likely to side with an individual instead of a big company. A non-lawyer will likely not know how to get a case moved into a more favorable jurisdiction and likely would not even consider such an option.
Second Advantage: Attorneys Are The Equivalent of An Objective Third Party
When an individual becomes involved in a legal situation there is usually some emotion that will interfere with how one deals with the situation. Whether you are involved in a divorce where one party has strayed or has decided they want to take a new path in life a person’s thoughts and decisions at times will not be the best legal course of action. An attorney can provide calm counsel about what is the best plan for your situation. For example, sometimes, when a couple decides to divorce the partner who initiated the action expresses a need for their partner to leave the family home and sometimes an individual will agree. However, an attorney will be able to provide guidance on the best course of action which in many situations is staying in the family home until a legal agreement is reached and your interests in the home are protected.
It is unlikely that a non-lawyer such as your best friend who has watched some legal programs on television will be aware of the actual legal ramifications that can come if you allow your emotions to affect your decisions.
3rd Advantage: An Attorney’s Focus is On The Client and Options For the Client
One of the major differences between having an attorney represent you and a non-lawyer represent you is the focus of the client. If you are involved in vehicle accident or divorce proceeding is that your attorney is trained to consider all the available options that will work in your favor. This type of thinking has been developed and refined through both the academic training of the attorney and the real world application of this training. A non-lawyer will not be trained to think in this manner and as such their focus will be on finding one way to address a particular legal matter which is rarely the best way to proceed.
Fourth Advantage: A Lawyer Must Meet High Professional Standards
A non-lawyer does not have to answer to a professional board. Its very much a situation of caveat emptor, “let the buyer beware” of what they buy. In contrast, a lawyer must represent their client in a professional manner and focus solely on the needs of the client and not others. If an attorney is found to have not been a advocate on behalf of the client they can be fined or even disbarred. A non-lawyer will not be sanctioned or receive any punishment if one finds that they have not acted on a client’s behalf in a professional manner.
Whenever you have a legal dispute of any type, hire an attorney and let a professional represent your affairs. Do not even consider representing yourself because a lawyer is trained to use the law to protect their client while you will be attempting to learn a profession in the matter of weeks. It is an unequal fight which usually results in the side with the lawyer winning without even barely having to try.