5 Things that will make your lawyer cringe
From time to time, well-meaning clients will contact us after attempting to handle their legal issues on their own. Here are some things to avoid that will help you in the long run.
1. Signing a Lengthy and Complicated Contract without Reading it or Getting it Reviewed by an Attorney
Whether it’s an employment contract, a marriage settlement agreement, a lease, or a new business agreement, contracts can be very complex, and are often written in the best interest of the individual or company asking you to sign the contract. If you have doubts, you should probably get a second opinion. At the very least, please read any contract before signing it. Make sure you know your obligations. Often times, contracts can even be negotiated if you just ask.
2. Talking to the Police without Protecting Your Rights
No matter how much you believe you are innocent, talking with a police officer during an investigation or after charges are brought can be dangerous. Your words and actions can be used against you even if they are not related to the original investigation. Contact an attorney before answering questions.
3. Handling Your Unemployment Compensation Hearing on Your Own
A hearing can’t be that difficult to handle, right? Wrong. Your unemployment compensation hearing is your one and only chance to get your side of the story on the record. An attorney knows the law, and the facts that need to be shown to the judge in order to win your case. There may be important facts of which you are not aware are important. You cannot bring up those facts later, and any appeal on your case is based solely on the facts presented at the hearing. Don’t make the mistake of trying to handle your case on your own.
4. Filing a lawsuit Pro Se (Without an Attorney)
If you are just trying to save money, or if you think you really can handle the lawsuit on your own, chances are that you are in over your head. Under some circumstances for small disputes, it is wise to bring the claim on your own behalf at the magisterial district judge level. However, the legal system is complicated, and there are many procedural issues that can arise if you do not have the right training to navigate the system. There is even potential for your case to be dismissed if your claims are not brought correctly. Further, an attorney can evaluate your case no matter how small it is and provide you with insight on whether or not your lawsuit may be successful.
5. Moving Your Child Away from Another Parent
Whether there is a custody order in place or not, there are complicated rules and laws dealing with jurisdiction and custody that could impact how much you see your child. Before making any big changes — like moving into another county or another state — contact an attorney to help you through the process.
If you have a legal issue, contact the attorneys at Trinity Law today.