Do I need to hire a lawyer? That’s a question no one really ever wants to ask themselves. In general, it probably means something is wrong. Maybe you’ve been arrested, perhaps you’re getting divorced.
Not every situation is black and white and automatically requires a lawyer. In an amicable divorce, for instance, it’s possible to take a do-it-yourself approach and be just fine. You also have the right to represent yourself in other legal proceedings as well. But with divorce, like most legal matters, things often get twisted and complex in a hurry.
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Most cases, civil, criminal, or otherwise, have a substantial impact on your life in one way or another. Maybe visitation with your kids is on the line. Perhaps you can no longer afford spousal support payments. In some cases, your very freedom hangs in the balance.
At the very least, if you hire a lawyer to represent your best interests, it doesn’t hurt. It’s reassuring to have someone guide you through the process and potential pitfalls and it’s generally best to err on the side of caution.
Still, this is a big decision. If you have questions about whether or not you need to hire a lawyer we’ve got you covered. We put together this handy infographic to provide a roadmap. Sure, it’s a simplified version, but with a few yes-or-no questions, you may be able to hone in on whether or not you need to hire a lawyer.
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How to Proceed
This shouldn’t be taken as gospel truth. Just because you get one result or another here, that isn’t a definitive answer. We designed this for educational purposes only and shouldn’t be construed as professional advice. Hopefully, this helps clarify whether or not you should hire a lawyer.
At Goldberg Jones, we specialize in family law. Sorry, we can’t help you in criminal proceedings. But if you have questions about divorce, child custody, spousal support, your rights as a parent, or others, please contact us at our Portland office.
We offer phone consultations where our managing attorney will answer any questions you have, free of charge. You can also go HERE to fill out a free case review.
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