The decision to hire an attorney can sometimes be difficult. Is it worth the expense, or should I just let the justice system take its course?
Obviously, you hire an attorney to have a better chance of winning your case. It is also a good idea to get legal advice because there is always the possibility your case wasn’t handled in a proper legal manner, the charges cannot be prosecuted with the evidence or dozens of other possibilities.
This is the legal benefit side of the question and is important for your decision.
But the truth is hiring a lawyer can make a real difference for you mentally and emotionally as the process takes its course. A good lawyer will listen to your concerns and minimize any fears or confusion. On the other hand, a cold, uncaring lawyer who brushes you off, doesn’t keep you informed, and ends up botching your case, will not only make things worse but make you feel horrible at the same time. Bad attorneys are the reason why there is no shortage of lawyer jokes.
For the most part, a lawyer will help you feel better for the simple fact that you have someone representing you who handles all the legal paperwork, filings and court appearances on your behalf. This alone lets you get on with your life without all the extra worries and hassles.
But a good attorney will go further than this. They will explain your situation. Answer all your questions so you understand. Tell you exactly what they are doing for you. And explain what you can expect next and why things are happening the way they are. They will genuinely care about your situation and show it in their actions.
There is no doubt that a GOOD lawyer can make a big difference for people who have found themselves suddenly wrangled with a legal problem. To prove my point, just listen to the poor folks who have had a lousy, uncaring, cold-hearted attorney. Even if they didn’t screw up the case, I can pretty much guarantee they’re not dishing out glowing referrals.
Dean K Ryan is a Garden City KS Lawyer with over 30 years of legal experience.