Friday, December 19, 2014

When Should You Hire A Lawyer?

How do you know when to hire a lawyer and when to handle legal challenges yourself? Unless the legal issue you're facing is extremely minor (such as a small speeding ticket), hiring a professional attorney will almost always be the best option for helping you achieve favorable outcomes. As an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, I can help you in a variety of different legal situations.


When You're Starting A New Business

One of the most important aspects of setting up a new business is choosing the correct entity.  Some entities make you personally liable for any problems your business may face down the road, whereas other types (such as Limited Liability Companies) can protect your personal assets from unforeseen business issues. A professional business attorney can help you evaluate the pros and cons of each option and determine which is the best one for your business.

When You're Planning Your Estate

While no one wants to think about their death, it's important to spend some time deciding what will happen to your money, your businesses, your home, and your financial assets after you pass. An estate planning lawyer can help you make these decisions and prepare the  legal documents required to ensure your wishes will be fulfilled.

When You've Been Injured

Personal injuries occur in an instant, without any warning, and can have drastic impacts on your lifestyle and livelihood. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may not be able to work (and, consequently, not earn an income) while you're healing. Having a dedicated personal injury attorney on your side can make a world of difference.

When You've Been Charged with a DUI/DWI

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI), is a very serious matter. Those charged with DWI can lose their license, be required to complete alcohol treatment programs, and face incarceration and steep financial consequences. If you're facing this charge, having an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you can make the difference between relatively minor and severe consequences.

When You're Battling for Custody

Divorce is a highly emotional event for anyone, but it is even more emotionally taxing for couples who have had children together. The prospect of losing custody of your children is absolutely terrifying, but most individuals lack the experience or the skills required to successfully defend their positions. A diligent family attorney will aggressively pursue your parental rights.

When You're Facing a Legal Situation and Trying to Save Money

This comes as a surprise to many people, but hiring an attorney early can actually save you money. While trying to handle a legal matter yourself may save you money initially, many people end up hiring an attorney down the road anyway, because that same legal matter has gotten worse, and by then there may be more legal problems to tackle and unwind.  As a result, the representation is more complicated and expensive. Having a professional lawyer on your side early on in the process can save you money and countless headaches along the way. At O'Donnell Law Center, we agree on a flat fee for most of our clients up front so that you will not be faced with any surprise charges.

Conclusion

These situations serve as good examples of when it is helpful to hire a professional attorney, but they barely scratch the surface of all the occasions when having an attorney on your side is advantageous. Legal situations can be complicated and messy, but having a dedicated attorney to help guide you through the process can make it easier. At O'Donnell Law Center, we strive to take the burden off of your shoulders by reducing your stress. If you're facing these or any other types of legal situations, give us a call! Our office line is (573) 552-0317.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065
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