You are not always helping yourself with Legal Self-help!
Just like self-diagnosing medical issues can be dangerous, so
too can legal self-help or trying to fix your own legal problems.
It is becoming more common that people are choosing to represent
themselves or take legal action into their own hands, but have they
considered the real risks.
Short-term gain may be long-term pain
One reason people decide to represent themselves or take action
without lawyers is due to the perceived expenses of hiring a
lawyer. However, often self help can lead to greater expense in the
long run together with the stress and disappointment when the
outcome the person is seeking is not achieved.
More often then not, the people who have tried to self help end
up hiring a lawyer, which they then regret not doing in the first
place. Depending on how far the person has taken the matter or what
actions they have taken, once they finally decide to engage a
lawyer, the lawyer is left to fix the problem or bring the matter
to a more favourable position. It is at this point that the expense
of a lawyer is greater, as they are left to put all the pieces
together or resolve the issues.
It is more cost efficient to be proactive when a legal issue
arises and deal with the problem before it is too late!
Beware of what you find on the Internet
As technology continues to develop and legal information is more
easily accessible such as on the internet, the law faces a shift
with an increase in people trying to resolve their own legal
disputes. However, whilst it may seem easy to resolve a legal issue
without a lawyer, there are serious ramifications of making the
wrong decision or coming to a resolution which might not
necessarily be in your best interests. Information which is
available on the internet is not determined on a case by case basis
and accordingly, the specific facts, matters and risks of your case
have not been considered.
A good Lawyer will understand your specific case.
Lawyers are equipped with the skill and knowledge to handle the
matters in the most effective way possible taking into
consideration the facts of each individual matter and the risks of
any decisions made. Choosing the right lawyer, with the right
expertise will often lead to better results and offer you with the
protection you need when resolving legal issues.
If you are thinking about helping yourself or representing
yourself in a legal matter, it may be worth contacting a lawyer to
find out if that's the right decision for you. Watkins Tapsell
has a number of lawyers with vast experience in
different areas of the law.
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