When is the Right Time to Call a Lawyer?

By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire

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Every day we make many different decisions, some more difficult than others.  Most of the times we make the hard decisions ourselves, but when such decisions impact your health, family, or property, you may want to seek advice from a professional.  Just like you would call the doctor when you are feeling ill, you may want to call a lawyer when you have questions about a new or difficult legal situation.  It is always important to know your rights when faced with complicated issues, and an attorney will likely help you get through the situation the right way now rather than having a lawyer help you get out of a jam later if things go wrong. 

So when should you consult with an attorney?  Aside from obvious situations such as criminal charges or divorce, here are some situations where consulting an attorney may provide valuable guidance:

  1. Drafting contracts and important documents

Buying real estate, entering into an employment agreement, or preparing a will and power of attorney are major life decisions that you may need guidance to effectively navigate.  An attorney can help you draft a contract, advise you on how to prepare an estate plan that satisfies your wishes, or get you in (or out of) an employment arrangement. 

2. Starting a business

In addition to the drafting of contracts, starting a business comes with many other variables where an attorney can help.  An attorney can assist in recommending the right legal entity to incorporate, provide guidance on employment policies, and help protect the business (and you personally) from lawsuits.

3. Injuries that are not your fault

Injuries caused by tripping over a misplaced hose on the neighbor’s sidewalk or a dog bite might seem minimal at first, but could become worse over time if you do not see a medical professional quickly.  Sometimes without proper care and legal advice, your condition, and legal rights, could take a turn for the worse before you know it.  It can be useful to consult with attorneys with experience in personal injury claims for advice on a possible claim and other related matters after you get injured. 

In the end, it all comes down to protecting important things that matter, and getting it done correctly before something goes wrong.  If you feel like you are in unfamiliar territory, it may be time to call an attorney. 

The Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP is a full-service law firm in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. We strive to helppeople,businesses and institutions throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania solve legal problems – and even prevent legal problems before they occur.  To learn more about the full range of our specific practice areas, please visit www.dioriosereni.com or contact Matthew H. Fry, Esquire at 610-565-5700 or at [email protected]

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