What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Need?
What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need?
Are you stressed out over a dispute with someone else, or are you in a position where you need to protect your family, your home, your livelihood, your finances, or something else? It’s likely time to consult a lawyer. A lawyer will help you make a plan and will fight for your legal rights. Most people don’t realize what their legal rights are, and even if they do, they may be unsure how to assert them.
A lawyer does a whole lot more than simply stand by your side in court. A lawyer will give you advice and help you understand your rights. They will help you strategize and execute on a plan. No matter what legal problem you’re having, a lawyer will negotiate a resolution to a dispute outside of court, and even go into court on your behalf so you don’t have to go. As a general guideline, you should not go into court alone, and certainly not without having obtained a lawyer’s advice. But how do you know which lawyer to hire?
You’ve taken the right first step by coming to Court Buddy. We can help you find an attorney with the right experience near you. However, sometimes, even when you know you have a serious problem and could use a lawyer, there are so many legal practice areas that it can be difficult to know exactly what type of lawyer you need. In general, an attorney will focus their practice on an area of law such as family law, and then, within that area of law, they will have specific experience and expertise handling certain issues such as adoption or divorce. It is important that both you and your attorney are comfortable that they have the ability to handle your particular issue.
Below we describe the areas of law practiced by the attorneys we can match you with on Court Buddy, as well as the types of specialized services they offer. They might be able to assist you with other things as well, but this should help get you started going in the right direction. If you have any further questions or need to talk to someone about your specific issue to better help you decide what type of attorney you are looking for, we’re here to help! Please feel free to use the site to contact us or call our Customer Success Team at 1-866-653-3017.
Family issues can be tough to navigate alone — especially if it escalates to the point of being a legal issue. If you are facing divorce, don’t go through it alone. A lawyer will help advocate for your rights, figure out how to fairly divide assets, and make a custodial arrangement for your children that works for you. Family lawyers handle more than just divorce and custody; they handle all issues pertaining to parental rights, spousal rights, guardianship, and more, including adoption.
- Adoption & Guardianship - the process by which an adult assumes parental rights over a child.
- Child Custody & Support - if you need help establishing a custody arrangement for your child or a visitation schedule.
- Divorce - the process by which a marriage is legally dissolved, marital assets split, and child custody established, if there are children of the marriage.
- Restraining Order - if there has been physical abuse within a close relationship and one party wants to apply to the court for a protective order or restraining order preventing the other party from seeing them or contacting them.
- Spousal Support - upon a divorce, one party is often called upon to provide temporary or continued financial support to the other party, depending on circumstances.
Arrests and Questions by Police or other Members of Law Enforcement
Getting arrested usually means you’re going to have to show up in court at some point. If criminal charges have been brought against you, a criminal defense lawyer will negotiate with the government on your behalf and can represent you in court. When you have been charged with a crime, you must answer the charges against you, at court hearings, and at court trials. This is where a criminal defense lawyer will help you the most.
- Criminal charges - An attorney will defend you if you have been arrested, need help with a plea bargain, with a trial, and face fines, jail, or other punishment by the government.
Whether you’re battling your landlord, feel that your home has been unfairly taxed, or are facing foreclosure, a real estate attorney will help. Real estate attorneys handle the area of law that pertains to property. Because almost every area of law is complex, you may not be aware of what your rights are, let alone if they have been compromised. A real estate attorney will advocate for you, protect you, and fight for your side with regard to landlord-tenant issues such as evictions, rent increases, buyouts, and more.
- Landlord-Tenant - issues between a landlord and a tenant, involving security deposits, rent, rent control, the condition of the property, evictions, or other.
The business part of owning a business can be confusing, complicated, and uncertain. Successful business owners typically consult a business attorney to help them with the process of incorporation, getting a financial business plan together, and negotiating business agreements or disputes.
- Business Agreements & Contracts - if your business needs help negotiating or drafting a contract to finalize a business agreement.
- Business Disputes & Litigation - a dispute between a consumer and a business or between two businesses that might require going to court to resolve the dispute.
- Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Copyrights - protecting the confidential, business secrets of your business, through patent, trademark, trade secrets, copyright, or otherwise.
Wills & Trusts
Does your family know what your wishes are should you become incapacitated or what your plans are for your finances and assets after death? An estate lawyer will write up your wishes in a legal document that declares exactly what you want to happen. This document will spell out your health care directives and the distribution of your estate when you die, which includes your property and other personal possessions. An estate lawyer will also help you navigate probate if you are confronted with issues that arise when a loved one dies, with or without a will.
- A Will goes into effect after you die to pass your assets and property in keeping with your wishes.
- A Trust is funded while you are alive, to protect your assets and property and pass them on in keeping with your wishes.