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4 Serious Situations Where You Need to Consult a Lawyer

by Contributing Author

Lawyers can be an invaluable presence in times of crisis. Not only is it helpful to have a legal expert on your side in difficult times to represent your interests, but a good lawyer can also help guide you through the situation and make sure you get the best possible outcome. Here are 4 instances where you should always consult a lawyer.

After Wrongful Deaths

Losing a loved one is always a tragic experience, but it can be even more devastating when it could have been avoided. If it can be proven that the negligence of an individual or company was responsible for the death of a family member or spouse, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Such a situation may arise if, for example, someone’s recklessness caused a fatal car accident, or if a medical professional’s actions caused an unnecessary death.

If a similar situation occurred to a loved one of your own, you should definitely consult a lawyer. This is not only because you are entitled to justice in this situation, but also because it can prevent the company or individual from causing other preventable deaths.

Divorces

While it is true that lawyers are not necessarily needed during a divorce if the divorce is mutually agreed upon by both parties, things are rarely that simple. The logistics of a divorce can often become highly complicated, especially when things like different assets, property, and the custody of any children are involved. As a result, it is highly advisable to seek legal representation when going through a divorce.

During the divorce, a lawyer can help advise you on your options, minimize any additional emotional stress, and ensure that you get what you are entitled to financially.

When You Face Criminal Charges

Naturally, being charged with a crime can be very frightening. Therefore, the first thing you should always do when in this situation is consult a lawyer. This will ensure that you are aware of your legal rights so that law enforcement cannot take advantage of you. While you are entitled to a free public defendant in most countries, it is still advisable to get your own lawyer, as public defendants are often too busy to give your case the attention it deserves. This is important even if you intend to plead guilty because the quality of your lawyer can also affect the stringency of your sentence.

When You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident

It is also imperative that you contact a lawyer if you’ve been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault. In such a scenario, it is likely that the other party’s insurance company will seek to settle with you as soon as possible. It is critical that you do not do this, however, as if you file a lawsuit, you may not only be entitled to compensation for repair costs, but also for additional expenses like medical bills and lost wages.

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