It is not necessary to have an attorney just in case you need advice, but it is a good idea. You cannot always foresee what legal problems you will have, and it can provide peace of mind if you have someone ready to call if you should need help.
First, a disclaimer: Although I am an attorney, the legal information in this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. Further, I do not intend to create an attorney-client relationship with any listener.
Today’s topic is finding an attorney. Several listeners have written questions on the subject including:
Should I have an attorney at all times in case I need one?
Do I need a different attorney for different kinds of jobs?
How can I find an attorney if I do not know one?
These are excellent questions. Finding the right attorney can be a scary task, and choosing the wrong attorney can have serious consequences.
The Quick and Dirty Tip is to choose your attorney the same way you choose any service professional. Do your homework, find out as much as you can about your prospective attorney, and communicate your goals and concerns as clearly as possible.
First, it is not necessary to have an attorney just in case you need advice, but it is a good idea. You cannot always foresee what legal problems you will have, and it can provide peace of mind if you have someone ready to call if you should need help. It is sort of like having a family doctor to call in case you get sick.
Second, you will most likely need different attorneys for different jobs. The law is becoming increasingly specialized, and many attorneys practice exclusively in one area. Imagine you are married, and you and your spouse own a small business. The attorney who drew up your prenuptial agreement has very different expertise than the attorney who helped you write your will, and that attorney has different expertise than the one who set up your business.