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It depends on your case. It is always a good idea to at least talk to a lawyer about your case. Some cases are simple enough that you may be able to handle your particular case without a lawyer as long as you do your homework, get help when needed, and are good at following rules and procedures. But there are many cases that are very complicated and, without a lawyer, you could hurt or even lose your case, no matter how strong it is and how right you think you are.

Lawyers are trained legal professionals who can explain the laws to you; help you evaluate your options; negotiate or mediate conflicts with other people; prepare letters, court forms or other legal documents for you; and represent you in court.

The easy answer to this question is to recite the old adage that “you get what you pay for.” The real answer is more complicated. There are many trained professionals who can and do provide advice that touches on the practice of law. These professionals are well qualified and well trained. However, non-lawyer professionals often have interests that may, at times, make it difficult for them to provide you with neutral advice that is in your best interest. For example, insurance agents offering estate planning services often recommend estate plans dependent upon life insurance. These agents may actively discourage estate plans that do not use life insurance, or they may not even mention the other options. While the recommended plan may be a valid plan, it may not be the best plan for you. A lawyer, on the other hand, is obligated to provide information on all available options and work with the client to select the best alternatives for that client. In this role, the lawyer may suggest that other professionals are needed as part of a team to provide the best solution to a client’s problem.

While many “legal” problems can be solved by simply consulting a competent attorney, some problems extend beyond legal issues. A good attorney is willing to work with a team of qualified professionals, all of whom exercise their best professional judgment on behalf of the client. In fact, in order to meet professional standards, an attorney must engage other professionals if and when it is in the best interest of the client. When planning an estate, for example, a lawyer may be committing legal malpractice by not involving an accountant and an insurance actuary to make projections for wealth growth and needs. The independent judgment and expertise of each professional must be utilized to ensure that the client is properly served. A good professional, whether a lawyer or a non-lawyer, must recognize professional limitations and know when to bring the expertise of another professional to the table.

The number of times parties will have to go to court and the length of time that it takes to resolve a case will depend on a number of factors, including how complicated the case is and whether the parties can agree on all or some of the issues.

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