On the heels of “Just One Simple Question” comes the second most asked question, “Do I need a Lawyer?”
If you are asking the question you probably need a lawyer. Lawyers aren’t all evil and repugnant beings, perhaps many, but not all.
Lawyers that are experienced in the area you need help in usually are very valuable. This can be seen often in family law. Many times I have seen bad deals that the client entered into because they did not know better or they were told it was standard.
Clients have agreed to paying more monies than they would have owed and frankly more than they can really afford. I have seen agreements that limited a parent’s access to a child for no good reason. I saw one agreement where the parties agreed to each maintain a million dollars in whole life insurance. Neither knew what that meant or the actual expense they were actually agreeing to be responsible for. I have seen many agreements that call for the sale of property, such as the home, but do not address the terms of the sale, who pays what until it’s sold, who claims the mortgage interest deduction, and what happens if the parties cannot agree on negotiations.
Lawyers can help. Really.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and if you find yourself asking if you need an attorney, you r probably do.