9 Times to Hire a Lawyer Immediately

Lawyers have a bad reputation in this country. And while hiring a lawyer can certainly be expensive, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a worthwhile investment. To be sure, most legal professionals get into the business to see that justice is done and people get the representation they need. If you have been putting off calling a lawyer for any of the following situations, rethink your actions. A good lawyer is well worth the money.

1. A messy or complicated divorce

Divorce is extremely common these days. Research shows that in the United States alone, one divorce occurs every 13 seconds. Even more sobering, an estimated 80 percent of couples are headed toward divorce within the first four to five years of marriage. If your marriage fails, you will hopefully be able to come to terms amicably using a mediator. But if that’s not the case, and you are both butting heads over the separation of property, custody, and money issues, you need to lawyer up as soon as possible.

The terms you agree upon during the divorce are binding, and can only be changed by going back to court. To avoid this, and even more legal fees later on, find a great lawyer as soon as things look bleak. A lawyer can also help with a restraining order if things get really out of hand. (See also: How to Protect Yourself Financially During a Divorce or Separation)

2. You’re being sued

For most of us, a lawsuit is something we see in movies and on TV, and that’s about as close as we want to get. For the unlucky few, a lawsuit can bring the whole world crumbling down. Lawsuits can be frivolous, like patent trolls or blatant cases of opportunism, but sometimes they can be frighteningly serious. If you find yourself being sued, don’t hesitate to call several lawyers and find the one best suited to your specific case. Many offer a free 30-minute consultation.

3. An injury resulting from an automobile accident

Whether you’re injured, or someone else is (including a driver or pedestrian), you should get yourself a lawyer as soon as possible. For the most part, insurance companies want to get this all wrapped up quickly and efficiently, and that will mean a lowball settlement that could leave you seriously out of pocket due to medical expenses.

Again, talk to a lawyer that specializes in these kinds of cases. They will know the going rate for any injury you have sustained, and will fight to make sure you get what you’re owed. Some of these lawyers won’t even charge a fee upfront,…

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