It’s a scary prospect, but the reality is that everyone – to some extent or another – deals with legal issues at least once in their life. Even some of the most benign and heart-warming decisions you make – getting married, buying houses, going on holiday with your family – all of them are either legally-binding agreements or have the potential to require representation if disputes or accidents occur. We’ve all seen the shows on TV, too. Some variation on ‘I’m going to need a lawyer’ is a television trope as old as time. But it’s actually something to ponder, too. When exactly should you require a lawyer, and what sorts of experiences can you expect?
Accidents and subsequent injury claims make up a large proportion of legal cases and fall under the civil category of law, as they are unlikely to include any criminal activity, and at most some form of negligence. Personal injury can happen in a huge range of circumstances, including on business premises, the road, and while carrying out work for someone. Your main priority in these instances is to speak to a professional as soon as possible. Lost earnings, mental or physical injuries, and damage to your property are all expensive to both you personally and potentially your finances. Solicitors specializing in personal injury claims will advise you to document as much as possible and contact any potential witnesses. In injury claims, it’s all about providing the court with context and evidence that you were injured as a result of another’s actions – or inaction.
We might not consider it but marriage is one of the biggest legal decisions many people make in their entire life. Dividing up property, assets, childcare needs and debt are massively important decisions that need to be agreed upon in a legal proceeding. With roughly 50% of marriages ending in divorces, many lawyers would recommend prenuptial agreements, however, if you haven’t chosen to sign one, call a lawyer or risk a far more complex, lengthy, and difficult path to resolution.
Large businesses have extensive legal and HR departments to handle the circumstances of dismissal, but the legal rights of the employee are not any less relevant. Often, firing people is difficult to actually carry out due to the many factors which can justify being ‘unfairly dismissed’ or ‘wrongfully dismissed’. That’s why, as an employee, you’ve got every right to speak to a legal professional on the rights you have in this scenario.
You’ll encounter several other typical legally relevant situations over your lifetime like wills, deeds, small claims courts, even traffic tickets. All of these can require a lawyer and can become a lot more complicated without professional guidance. Any legal claim should start with you doing your own research, but it’s important to respect the cost of legal aid. It can, and often does, far outweigh the repercussions that handling the slow-moving, precise mechanisms of law on your own can create.