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Do I need a lawyer's help?

If I suspect or know that I have a legal problem, how quickly should I consult with a lawyer?


What am I trying to achieve through litigation?


Where is the firm located?


I'm driving to the firm. Where should I park?


What public transportation stops closest to the firm?





 




Do I need a lawyer's help?

Sometimes it's a no-brainer, like when you get sued or when you're arrested and charged with a crime. But keep in mind that people hire lawyers for advice and expertise all the time, in all kinds of situations, not just to deal with problems but to prevent them as well. And while you may be able to get through a legal problem without hiring a lawyer, you should remember that when you represent yourself, you might have a "fool for a client," as the saying goes.

One of the first things to ask yourself in deciding if you should consult an attorney is: "What's at stake?" When your finances or liberties are in serious jeopardy, the obvious answer is to get legal help as soon as possible. But what is serious? An ordinary parking summons is a brush with the law, but you need not consult with an attorney to pay the fine or even to fight it. If, however, you've accumulated a number of unpaid parking tickets and a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you would probably want to hire a lawyer to help you best resolve the situation, and perhaps save you money or even keep you out of jail.

It is much easier to rest assured that you're protected after consulting with experienced lawyers for important undertakings such as tax and estate planning, drafting wills and trusts, negotiating business deals, and even pursuing personal family matters (e.g. adopting children or getting divorced).

It never hurts to talk to a lawyer, and it may be the best thing you can do if you think you have a legal problem that you can't resolve yourself. Bodwin & Associates, P.C. offers a free consultation on any legal matter in our wide range of practice areas. Please call us today at 312.207.2008.

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If I suspect or know that I have a legal problem, how quickly should I consult with a lawyer?


When legal problems arise, you need to act fast in many situations. But even if you think you have lots of time to consider your alternatives, deadlines sneak up on you, and lawyers need time to prepare. Moreover, rush jobs cost more because the attorney has to drop everything else to address your issue. Therefore, it's always better to start looking for a lawyer sooner rather than later.

If you've been injured in an accident, keep in mind that there are time limits on your right to file a lawsuit. These "statutes of limitation" depend upon the facts and type of claim in each case. In some instances, the law requires a claimant to notify potential defendants about any injury within an extremely short period of time—as little as a few months. If you sit on your rights, you could lose them.

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What am I trying to achieve through litigation?


This is an easy question to answer if you find yourself a defendant in a civil suit or charged with a crime. In these cases, your goal is to keep your money out of your adversary's pocket, or avoid criminal sanctions.

In other situations, your objective may be less clear. If you feel that your employer unlawfully fired you, you might want to get your job back, or you might just want money damages. Perhaps you are faced with a situation in which you want to stop someone from doing something or force someone to do something. In that case, you will need to seek an injunction. These are considerations that a lawyer can help you think through.

If you aren't sure what your legal rights are, or what the best remedy to your legal problem might be, it is wise to retain a lawyer to evaluate your situation and advise you on alternative courses of action. Even if you end up having to pay a few hundred dollars to consult with an attorney, it could be a very wise investment that ultimately saves you time and money.

Lawyers can provide incredibly useful information that can empower you to make better decisions regarding your legal concerns.

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Where is the firm located?

Bodwin & Associates, P.C. is located at 216 N. Jefferson St., Suite 200, in Chicago's legal, government, and business district—the Loop. Click here to find us on GoogleMaps.

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I'm driving to the firm. Where should I park?

The best option for parking is to park on the street outside our building. Click here to find us on GoogleMaps.

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What public transportation stops closest to the firm?

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