8 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Lawyer

Adrianna Ngo
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Not sure if you should hire a lawyer or take the DIY route?  While doing it yourself may seem cheaper, it may end up costing you more money (and certainly more stress) in the long run. Here's why:
 
1.  The law is complex and can be confusing
 

Navigating the law is very complicated, as there are many laws, rules, and regulations. That's why lawyers go to school for an average of seven years after high school and must pass the bar exam. It's not an easy test. In 2017, 25% of aspiring lawyers failed it.
 
2. You've never heard of the term force majur
 
Do you know Latin? If not, you'll need a lawyer to understand complex terms such as “force majur” or “writ of certiorari.”
 
3. Self-representation can lead to mistakes
 
If you are not well-versed in the law, you will likely make mistakes. Filing the wrong document or not following a required procedure could result in you losing your case. If you do, the judge may order you to pay for the other side’s court costs, which could be even more costly than hiring a lawyer in the first place.
 
4. Your chances of winning your case are higher with a lawyer

 
In 2017, a survey of people applying for Social Security Disability benefits found that without a lawyer, only 23 percent of people were approved.
 
50 percent who received legal aid were approved. 
 
5. You should assume the opposing side has a lawyer
 
In 2019, a study found that approximately 90 percent of landlords have legal representation.  However, only 10 percent of tenants do.
 
This matters when tenants find themselves in court, squaring off against a landlord. In New York City, tenants with a lawyer win their eviction cases approximately 90 percent of the time.
 
6.  Lawyers know how to negotiate and settle disputes
 
Lawyers have been trained and educated on knowing when to negotiate and when to litigate with opposing counsel.
 
7. Assurance of privacy
 
Due to attorney-client privilege, any information that you reveal to your lawyer is kept confidential. This legal ethics rule ensures that all information shared between you and your lawyer must be kept private.
 
8. Lawyers will spot both the strength and weaknesses of your case
 
If you represent yourself, you may not be able to see the weak points of your case.  Therefore, it could be harder for you to create a strong defense.
 
A lawyer will be able to see both the strengths and weaknesses of your case. It is important to understand these weaknesses because this allows your lawyer to perceive the other party's argument and create a solid defense in response.
 
Now you know why you should hire a lawyer. The next step is how.
 
With LawChamps, hiring a lawyer is simple and affordable. 
 
LawChamps gives clients an affordable fixed price for each legal service and matches them with an appropriate attorney for personal and business matters. We verify each lawyer's credentials and manage the relationship to ensure that you are getting the best representation possible.

We offer flexible payment plans too. 
 
You can sign up to find a qualified lawyer here.


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

 

 

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