Legal matters can be complex and costly. There may be some instances where it is best to represent yourself and others when it is not. Matters involving legal issues range in complexity and it depends on the matter itself and your comfort level in dealing with the law and the legal system in general.
In matters involving complex legal issues that cannot be handled simply by yourself and you are not comfortable representing yourself, nor is it advised, you should hire an attorney to represent you.
Possible Jail Time
Matters such as criminal charges being filed against you with the possibility of jail time is when you should hire a lawyer to handle your case. Other legal issues in this realm also include being charged with domestic violence, driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, too many outstanding parking tickets that results in a warrant for your arrest, and also tax fraud or evasion.
Substantial Financial Gain or Loss
When monetary damages are involved, and you may potentially lose or gain a lot of money by filing a lawsuit against the other party or, one is being filed against you, you should consider hiring an attorney. They will be able to advise you concerning legal matters that involve monetary damages that you could lose or gain.
Your Opponent Has An Attorney
If you are involved in a legal matter where the opponent has hired legal representation you should consider hiring legal counsel as well, because you would be at a disadvantage in court going against your opponent’s attorney on your own without having legal knowledge.
In some cases of divorce, it is advisable to hire a lawyer if you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on the splitting up of assets and other personal property.
Any Bodily or Personal Injury
In injury cases where a bodily or personal injury is involved, you should consider hiring an attorney. This can include vehicle accidents even if you have vehicle insurance, slips and falls on a business’ property, if you are bitten by someone’s dog, or if someone is injured on your property even if you have homeowners insurance. These are cases when you should hire a lawyer to represent you.
There are many other issues and instances regarding the law where you may need to hire a lawyer and these are only examples of when one may be needed. Every case and individual is different and you should determine if your situation warrants hiring an attorney. If you are unsure, you can speak to an attorney during an initial consultation to ask questions regarding your particular case. An attorney will be better able to advise you on whether or not your case warrants legal counsel.