4/20/17 - Why would I want to hire an Attorney?
There exist a countless number of incentives for someone going through any sort of family matter to want to hire an attorney. Some of these incentives are obvious to most individuals, while some may come to many as a surprise. By no means can I possibly hope to address every benefit of being represented by The Law office of Joseph R. Kreush, LLC or any other law firm. The complexities and uniqueness of every case and individuals involved brings varying goals and reasoning for the hiring of an attorney. Often goals may shift depending on what area of family law that you may be dealing with, whether that be Limited Divorce, Absolute Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony/Spousal Support, Pre-nuptial or Post-nuptial Agreements, Domestic Violence or Adoption.
Starting with the obvious, an attorney can assist you with understanding your rights and explaining the law. The law is usually not something that can be completely understood by a simple Google search and a few hours on the internet. The law is complex and cases often require an intensive understanding of multiple areas of law. With this understanding of the law and its intricacies, an attorney can lay out multiple options for a client to achieve their goals. Clients commonly come to our office explaining what a friend or acquaintance has done previously, how it worked for them and believe that is how their case should go as well. This preconception of their case often drastically changes for the better once they leave our office after their consultation. They leave with an understanding of the multiple options in front of them and reasonable expectations of the possible outcomes of their choices. Our office will often present multiple custody scenarios, property distribution scenarios and prepare multiple sets of child support guidelines for a client’s better review of their options.
Unrepresented individuals often overlook the benefit attorneys provide in the form of case management. A good attorney knows way to expedite your case and move it through the Circuit Court or settlement process at a faster rate than most individuals who proceed to Court unrepresented. For example, the filing of an Absolute Divorce based on 12 month separation requires that the parties be separated a year before divorce, often forcing parties to be forced to wait until they can file, whereas the filing of an Absolute Divorce requires no waiting period as long as the statutory requirements are met.
An attorney can serve as a beneficial stress reliever. It often helps clients when they know they have someone that is going through this difficult process with them and know that their attorney will properly guide and advocate for them. Attorneys are emotionally detached from the direct situation which led to your family law matter and can effectively serve as a buffer for you from a difficult opposing party. The involvement of an attorney can greatly reduce the interaction required between you and an opposing party and in turn relieve some of the stress and strain of being involved with a family law case. Clients have claimed the best stress reliever has been our offices ability to resolve their case expeditiously and often in situations where they believed settlement would not be possible. It is this stress relieving closure of a case that every attorney strives to provide their client.
Lastly, the most overlooked benefit of an attorney is that THEY CAN SAVE YOU MONEY. Attorneys that understand the law know how to move your case quickly and with minimal court appearances to save you money on fees and taking time away from work and other aspects of your life. Decent attorneys know how to file cases properly not requiring multiple court filings and unnecessary court fees. They know the aspects of your case worth advocating against the opposing party for and aspects to pursue that will achieve a settlement or resolution of your matter reducing unnecessary expenses and wastes of time. Often is the case that individuals find themselves separated from the other party and still paying a mortgage, insurance and repairs for a home they will never live in again, insurance and payments for a car they will never drive in again, utility bills for the other party, excessive support and numerous other expenses until their case can be effectively resolved. An experienced attorney can possibly relieve all of this financial burden by settling your case or resolving it faster or more effectively.
Mentioned above are only a few of the many reasons to hire an attorney to represent you in your family matter. It is absolutely worthwhile for everyone going through a family law related issue to meet with an attorney for at least a consultation, especially before filing for an Absolute Divorce, Limited Divorce, Child Custody or Child Support case. Many offices offer consultations at a reasonable rate. The Law Office of Joseph R. Kreush, LLC offers free one hour consultations for any family law related matter.
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