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Why Consult A Lawyer? Can’t I Get By Without One?

August 3, 2015 by  
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Almost every aspect of society and interaction in the United States is regulated by laws.  Whether its in the personal sphere dealing with property ownership, relationships, individual rights, health, injuries, immigration, having children, marriage and divorce , or the business sphere dealing with business formation, business relationships, taxation, employment issues, and contracts.

Most of us try to get by without involving a lawyer in our day to day lives, events, and decisions but sometimes it is better to try to get help from a lawyer to get the advice and assistance you may need earlier than being left with a bigger problem later.  I am not suggesting you ask a lawyer what to eat each day but whenever there is the potential for something to have a major impact on your life it is best to consider the legal ramifications with a lawyer first.  If not, you run the risks of not having protected yourself or being on the wrong side of the law should things not go as planned.  The right lawyer should be able to answer your questions or direct you to someone who can be it another lawyer, accountant, professional, or other source.

For instance, talking to a lawyer before getting married would give you an idea of what to expect from the law in the event of a divorce so you can protect yourself as best as possible if it ever came to that.  Presumably nobody enters into a marriage truly planning for a divorce and not everyone wants a prenuptial agreement but you should know what the consequences would be if the relationship went wrong for whatever reason and ended in a divorce.   In Florida, premarital property is not usually divided in a divorce case, however by commingling money earned during the marriage with the premarital property it may be transmuted into marital property which is subject to division.  This is just one way premarital property or a portion of it may be subject to division. You may want to know that before you commingle the funds rather than learning it for the first time as part of the divorce process itself.  

Similarly at the end of a marriage, if you are attempting to go it alone through the legal process you are not likely to realize the nuances of the law and how they affect your specific situation and make mistakes. 

While I have used marriage and divorce as an example the benefits of consulting a lawyer earlier rather than later the concept applies to most major events and decisions.  The logic applies equally to business decisions like where to incorporate, what business entity to choose, how to structure a business, hiring and employee relations, licensing, regulatory compliance, contracts, franchising, non-compete agreements, or almost anything else you care to consider.  The moral is the same get the advice you need earlier rather than later when it can be of more help to avoid the issues rather than dealing with the issues when they come up the hard way and finding out what you could have done much better to protect yourself had you known then what you learned when they did come up the hard way.

The Law Offices of Robert Hanreck, P.A. is based in Miami , Florida and serves clients throughout the State including Miami-Dade and Broward counties. We practice in the areas of divorce, Family law, and Civil Litigation.  We are licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. This is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant to constitute legal advice, or solicit clients outside of the State of Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: The Law Offices of Robert Hanreck, P.A. is based in Miami , Florida and serves clients throughout the State including Miami-Dade and Broward counties. We are licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. This website is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant to constitute legal advice, or solicit clients outside of the State of Florida.