Over the past several years, there’s been a resurgence of the “do it yourself” culture. A quick search online will show you how to do almost anything, from fixing a plumbing problem to making your own furniture. While there are some things that you can manage quite well on your own, there are others that require the help of a professional. Just as reading facts about medical conditions isn’t the same as seeing a doctor, it’s always best to consult a lawyer if you need legal counsel. But how do you know when you need a lawyer?
If you’ve been charged with a crime, arrested, or named in a lawsuit, you need a lawyer. These situations are serious and professional, experienced representation can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. In fact, it’s best to secure an attorney as quickly as possible so that your rights are preserved throughout the process. Likewise, if you’ve been injured in any way by another party, you should hire an attorney immediately. Each state has its own statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit. If you miss these deadlines, you could risk losing all or part of the compensation to which you are entitled. A lawyer will be familiar with the rules for your particular type of case in your state and will make sure that your case is properly filed, giving you the best chance at a positive outcome.
It’s worth noting that there are a few legal situations where having a lawyer isn’t necessary, such as when you receive a parking ticket or go to small claims court. However, it’s always important to verify what’s in your best interests. At Burnette & Payne, PA, we offer free initial consultations for many types of legal cases. Our attorneys are experienced in the general practice of law, including workers’ compensation, personal injury, business law, criminal defense, and family law. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our law firm, call our Rock Hill, SC office at 803-328-1800.