When to Hire a Lawyer

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Blog

edmonton-lawyer-at-deskThere are countless events in life where you may require the services of a legal professional, so the term “hire a lawyer” is a general one. From contracts to court cases, every lawyer has their specialization– and they may have even further specialties within that. The following article is simply a few samples of when you might be thankful to have legal expertise on your side. Read through them and bring any of your questions or concerns to us here at Heritage Law!

GETTING ARRESTED

If you have been arrested, you have already been told that you have the right to an attorney– this is one of, if not the most important legal right anyone has in the entire justice system. Simply put, the law is complicated: you may feel like you know right from wrong… but only a lawyer is trained to understand all of the nuances of your legal responsibilities. Whether you seek private or public representation, it is never wise to waive your right to an attorney.

ESTATE PLANNING

It is unpleasant to consider (and often criticized), but hiring a lawyer is almost necessary when a loved one passes away. Whether or not you have a will or an estate plan in place before you die, a legal professional is usually required to disperse your belongings and responsibilities. You may anticipate this by meeting with a lawyer well before you think you ought to– giving you a chance to make these decisions while you still have all your faculties. Ultimately, having a legal estate plan in place is the easiest way to reduce the burden on friends and family after a death.

DIVORCE & SEPARATION

Whether it is amicable or not, the conclusion of a marriage should be guided by at least one legal professional with the best interest of all parties in mind. Property, young children and finances are only some of the sensitive factors that have to be considered when you end a legal relationship. While some like to villainize a lawyer’s role in divorce, separation or custody— most family issues improve when everyone involved is legally protected.

STARTING A BUSINESS

Starting a business is a huge leap for anyone, so it can be easy to overlook some of the necessary aspects. One such step is legal advice or consultation when founding, running or even selling your business! Legal liability is one such consideration and it comes in all shapes and sizes. For example, a business with a retail space will have different responsibilities than a business that operates on clients’ properties. All businesses are different– always consult with a lawyer before any major decisions.

BEING SERVED

If you have been served with legal documents, it should be an easy decision to contact a lawyer. In these instances, another party has already begun a legal action against you– if you do not already have representation, now is the time! Not only is it extremely difficult to represent yourself, but the consequences suffered could also be much worse without a lawyer involved.

Like we said, the instances above are only a sampling of the wide variety of times you might need to hire a lawyer. If you have any legal issues or you think you may be at risk, get in touch with the experts at Heritage Law!