There will almost certainly be times in your life when you may wonder if you need legal counsel.
That is entirely natural. Legal matters can be tricky and complex – meaning you cannot navigate them successfully alone. There are two main legal categories to know about, and although they can both get unpacked into a far lengthier discussion, let’s keep things simple.
Civil Law is an area of law that covers legal issues that don’t involve breaking the law. These include compensation cases, legal agreements, real estate, divorces, and custody battles.
Criminal Law refers to all legal offenses that break local, state, or federal laws. These are significantly more serious, as without proper legal support, you will likely end up in jail.
If you need a bit of help knowing when you need a lawyer, these five life situations below are prime examples:
1. Complex Divorce
Many marriages end amicably, with both partners mutually agreeing on even splits – those don’t necessarily need lawyers involved. However, sometimes a marriage ends so terribly that issues of property, investments, money, children, and possessions turn sour almost instantly.
If your impending divorce seems like it could be the latter, get yourself a good lawyer – before it is too late!
2. Wrongful Termination
The average employee does not know nearly enough about state and federal employment laws.
Only a lawyer who specializes in employment and labor laws can help you navigate the emotional carnage of being wrongfully terminated or discriminated against in a toxic workplace.
There is no doubt whatsoever that your ex-employer will get a great lawyer to defend their wrongful behavior – which means that you will need an even better lawyer to get awarded an impressive (and fair) settlement offer.
3. Impaired Driving
Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Driving under the influence is a serious charge, it can have terrifying consequences, like jail time. That is where Pringle Law comes in, they can help you by meeting with the prosecutor and getting the charges reduced, especially for first-time offenders.
Never go to court on a DUI charge without a lawyer, that is a recipe for disaster.
Being sued is no laughing matter – unless you have the better lawyers!
Just kidding, lawsuits are never a joke. If you are being sued and you could end up losing everything such as your house, business, or savings – get a lawyer as soon as possible.
Most lawsuits are settled out of court, but you will need an experienced lawyer on your side to come out on top.
5. Business Startups
Regardless of whether or not you have a partner/s, it is not wise to attempt to navigate legal business requirements alone.
Not only do you have more important things to focus on, like raising capital and hiring a fantastic team, but you are simply unlikely to have enough experience with tax laws, state laws, or anything else regarding startups.
Hire a lawyer who specializes in business and tax law, they can help you properly navigate the legal side of the startup journey.