Self-Representation Facts: 5 Reasons You May Want to Consult an Attorney Before Handling Your Own Case
“He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”
There is a good reason this adage has become so common – it speaks the truth. No matter how well an individual feels they may be able to articulate themselves, navigate the legal system or argue a case, the fact is that everyone needs to hire an attorney for help at some point.
This couldn’t be more critical than in the event of any type of personal injury. Many people who have been involved in an accident may believe that their case is a slam dunk because of the circumstances. Unfortunately, they most often end up losing an immense amount of money and time just to walk away with nothing other than more stress and frustration.
Here are just 5 reasons why you should speak with an attorney:
The Complexity of Law
No matter how comfortable you may feel with the intricacies of law, you are not a trained legal professional. There are aspects of all types of law that are incredibly convoluted and there are loopholes everywhere. Lawyers also understand that intricacies and protocol behind all necessary legal documentation, which can be a massive headache to the untrained individual. Perhaps most importantly, they may even be able to settle your claim before it even has to be dragged through the long and arduous court proceedings.
Avoid Future Issues
Once any matter has entered the court, you are open to a risk of having to deal with unanticipated legal complications in the future. Any legal matter can drag on and the bureaucracy can slow down proceedings, and any kind of contract or deal contains legal jargon in the fine print that you may overlook only to find it was not in your favor down the road.
It Can Get Expensive
The cost of not hiring attorney can far outweigh legal fees. This is obvious in cases where you need a good defense as you are subject to penalties, fines, and even criminal charges, but it is also very valid in personal injury cases. You will pay a substantial amount in court fees, time, and your own resources to follow through with the case. More than likely, you will not receive the compensation you had hoped for, just adding more debt to your already mounting bills.
They Have the Resources
As mentioned above, if you don’t have an attorney you are tapping into your own resources. A lawyer has the professional network and the know-how to do everything in their power for your specific case. If you need private detectives or expert witnesses, your lawyer has the right team on standby.
The Other Party is Lawyered Up
This is critical to remember in every legal case, personal injury in particular. Only in small claims court is it more common to find self-representation, but even then it is unadvisable. If you are going up against a company or even an individual, expect an army of legal expertise at your door. You need to be prepared.
These are just a handful of reasons why it is always a good idea to have an lawyer on your side. They have the knowledge and the experience to guide you through the complicated legal system and they understand the tricks of the trade. Moreover, most attorneys offer a free consultation, using their expertise to fully evaluate your case free of charge. There is really nothing to gain and everything to lose.