13 Reasons why You Need a Lawyer

If even after finding out our competitive rates, you are still be thinking “why can’t I just handle this myself?,” here are 13 reasons why it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer:

1. Common Sense is Not Enough – you may have common sense and be an all around smart person, but the outcome of the case is decided on the combination of the law and the facts.

2. There Is Too Much At Stake – saying one thing wrong in court may have a disastrous consequence on your life, and there are very little chances of fixing it later. Not having a lawyer cannot be used as an excuse for overturning the case.

3. Having a Lawyer Shows You Mean Business – Even if you don’t plan to take your case to trial, having legal counsel will get you a better settlement deal. 

4. You Don’t Know the Law - through research, you might get a glimpse into what the law states. But without going to the source of the law and studying its commentaries, you are not likely to get the entire picture.

5. The Judge Will Not Take You Seriously – Even if you do the research and know the law, most judges will not take you seriously, because you are not a lawyer. I have heard a judge suggest that the party leaves the courtroom and returns with a lawyer, and I have personally witnessed someone complaining to the judge that he did not realize that he had given up custody of his child at the previous hearing, in response to which the judge just said “you should have listened to me the last time and gotten a lawyer!”

6. Winning Feels Good – you know that when you have a lawyer, your chances of winning are much higher.

7. You are Biased – Because you are so closely connected to your case, you are likely to overlook the opposing side’s arguments. Even admitting your own bias to yourself will not it from corrupting your reasoning.

8. A Lawyer Will Position Your Case– there are many ways of looking at a situation, and it takes legal training to determine the best one. A lawyer will help you find the best way of positioning your case.

9. You Will Not Know If You Are on the Right Track – you might think that you’re doing everything right, until the time you loose your case. Without professional training, it is difficult to evaluate your position.

10. Helps You Keep Perspective – when someone is emotionally involved in a case, they sometimes tend to blow things out of proportion. Having a trusty adivisor will help you pick your battles.

11. Keeps You Out Of Trouble – while conducting your case, the last thing you want to do is break the law.

12. Saves You Money – the amount of a child support or maintenance or maintenance award often depends on the sufficiency of your legal argument, or at least on your ability to negotiate persuasively. Child support in New York ends at 21. How much is 15 years of child support worth to you? Do the math.

13. You Cannot Properly Conduct a Trial – if your case results in a trial, you need a lawyer to conduct your direct examination, cross examine opposing witnesses, and present evidence. Unless you know the law and the rules of evidence, it is likely that you will not even be heard – the judge will not allow testimony or evidence which is not properly presented.

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