Do I really need a lawyer?
The only way to know for sure is to talk to one. Unfortunately each legal problem brings with it a unique set of facts and complications.
Without speaking to a lawyer about your circumstances, it’s impossible to know for sure if retaining a lawyer is the best and most cost-effective way of maintaining your rights. Also, while you may be thinking of representing yourself, known as “pro se” in legalese, you may want to carefully weigh the benefits. Lawyers have access to more than just courtroom experience. We subscribe to electronic services which help us keep up to date on the most cutting edge laws, and we’re familiar with the sometimes complicated rules of procedure and evidence. There’s also a saying in the profession, “the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.” We wouldn’t appear pro se, and we suggest you don’t either.