For most cases, yes, you will definitely want an attorney representing you in a courtroom. But you most likely will have need for a lawyer for more simple things as well, such as wills and estate planning.
In many cases, the rules of evidence are more relaxed and you may choose to represent yourself in Small Claims Court, for instance. These are usually cases where you don’t have much to lose and the stakes are not as high.
However, if your case is complicated – if you’re in a bad car wreck, or you have a medical malpractice case – you will definitely need to hire a good attorney. You’ll want an attorney with a lot of litigation experience because that’s exactly what the other side will have. You’ll be facing insurance adjustors who are experts at making sure you get as little as is possible from your lawsuit.
Insurance companies have deep pockets, and if they attempt to do you wrong, you’re going to need your own attorney fighting for your rights. Whether it is a property damage claim, an injury claim or medical malpractice, all of these are very complicated.
If you have a complicated case that you attempt to handle yourself, you may end up doing irreparable damage to your case. Then, if you find yourself in over your head and decide to hire an attorney, that lawyer’s hands may be tied because you didn’t know what you were doing.
For instance, if you’ve given a statement or provided evidence that you shouldn’t have, you may have damaged your own case. Oftentimes, though, a good attorney can turn things around for you. But it is best to begin with that attorney on your side.
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