Why do I need an attorney?

Wow. After all these years, it still amazes me when I hear this question. It’s tantamount to asking “why do I need a physician?” or “why do I need a teacher?” or “why do I need a mechanic?”.

The simple answer is that you don’t necessarily need an attorney. But, ironically enough, you probably need an attorney to be able to advise you that you don’t need an attorney. And that same answer applies to physicians, teachers, and mechanics.

What do attorneys, physicians, teachers, and mechanics have in common? They have specialized knowledge that has been acquired over many years of study and experience. In short, they have dedicated their lives to their professions, they know what they are doing, and they know how to get a good result from a complicated system. And that’s precisely what you pay them to do. Why? BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF!

I went to pre-school, kindergarten, and twelve (12) years of elementary, middle, junior high, and high school. Then I took exams to graduate from high school. Then I went to four (4) years of college. Then I graduated from college. Then I went to three (3) years of law school. Then I graduated from law school. Then I studied, eight (8) hours a day for four (4) months to take the bar exam. Then I failed the bar exam by only a few points. Then I studied again, this time for eighteen (18) hours a day for four (4) more months to take the bar exam a second time. This time I passed. Then I was admitted to practice law. And those 21+ years were the EASY part: learning by STUDYING.

The hard part came next: learning by DOING. The hard part was spending 20+ years of practicing law, sometimes working through the night and into the next day, working through weekends and holidays and late into the night, and working as much as 100+ hours per week learning what it meant to actually BE an attorney. It’s called paying your dues.

I am a creature of the law. If you want to know about the law, then you come to me. I will advise you whether or not you need my services. You might be surprised to know that I have often advised potential clients that they do NOT need my services; that they can handle their legal problems themselves. Granted, this does not happen very often, but it does happen.

However, the overwhelming majority of the time, people need attorneys to help them to deal with their often quite complicated legal problems. Going into court without an attorney is like going to the hospital and not being examined by a physician or going to school and not being taught by a teacher or going to the local garage and not having your car worked on by a mechanic.

Sure, you can do it yourself. However, that might turn out to be a very, very bad idea. And you might be forced to live with the repercussions of “doing it yourself” for the rest of your life, to the detriment of those you love.

So, call me: I can help you.

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