Do You Need an Attorney to Represent You?
Attorneys cost money, and rightly so. They have spent years getting a legal education and then passing stiff state exams in order to practice law. And, if that isn’t enough, attorneys must continually keep mindful of ever changing laws and regulations. Too, there is the expense of an office, a staff, and the myriad of expectations put on an attorney socially as well as professionally.
Most people like to keep as much money as they can, so when it comes to legal matters, there is a great temptation to omit the use of an attorney and go it alone. Sometimes this is workable such as in a small claims matter, a traffic ticket, or even a simple divorce where there are no children or real property involved. However, in most issues that need legal intervention to solve, hiring an attorney makes sense. Here are some reasons:
- As mentioned above, laws and regulations are continually changing. This can happen even in the course of a case being tried.
- The legal world is sometimes referred to as a “jungle.” This is because there are so many trees, undergrowth, and wild animals along the way of many legal journeys. A competent attorney will know how to navigate the “jungle” and come out the other side with the best possible outcome. You, on the other hand, are likely to get lost somewhere along the way and end up losing outcome benefits, often more than it would have cost the retain an attorney.
- Attorneys know their way around the court systems in the areas where they are licensed to practice. They know which judges are best and how to have motions heard and court dates set. You can ask questions at the county clerk’s office, but these people are not allowed to give legal advice on any particular case.
- It is now acceptable to use texts and e-mails as evidence in a court of law. Just what can be used and how takes up-to-date legal knowledge regarding social media and other messaging devices. An attorney will know how to save and make the best use of modern-day technology.
- Finally, it would help if you had someone to talk with about your case and to answer questions related to your specific concerns. Until retained, an attorney will answer questions on a generic basis such as “what are the steps of a Florida divorce”? or what is the difference between Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 in a bankruptcy filing”?
Think long and hard about trying to represent yourself in most legal matters. If you live in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, or Hillsborough Counties in Florida or New York or Washington DC, Family Law Attorney Grant Gisondo can help with legal matters concerning family law. He has been successfully representing clients for over a decade. To give you a chance to meet him and ask questions about issues and his fee schedule Attorney Gisondo offers a free, initial, in-office consultation. His office is in Palm Beach Gardens, and his hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and for new clients on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. To make an appointment, you can call his office at (561) 530-4568.