While Callaway Law Group, LLC specializes in Atlanta, here are some generally helpful tips that anyone can use. Remember that not all advice fits every situation, and it is therefore strongly encouraged that you seek counsel of an experienced attorney for information regarding your specific legal questions.
When should I contact an attorney?
It is always best to contact an attorney if you think you have a legal problem that you can't resolve yourself. Moreover, even if you feel that you can resolve the legal problem yourself, you should contact an attorney if your finances and/or liberties are in serious jeopardy.
How much should I say?
Be open and honest. Your attorneys can only help you insofar as you help them understand your case. Withholding information or details from your attorneys only makes their job that much more difficult, which is in every case a detriment to your situation. Your attorneys are there to represent you and therefore you need to have enough trust in them to divulge everything pertaining to your situation. More often than not, your attorneys will ask questions that may seem very personal in nature or might upset you. Please remember that their only concern is to ensure you come out of the situation with the best possible results so you should answer honestly and not feel defensive when being questioned.
Should I ask questions?
Ask questions and make sure you get answers. Your attorney, if skilled, qualified and experienced, should expect you to have many questions about your case, the anticipated costs and other aspects of the law. Any attorney that cannot or will not take the time to answer these questions clearly and openly for you should not be trusted. An experienced attorney should be able to provide you with a general idea of what to expect during the various phases of your situation, including lawyer fees and court procedures. Make sure you are comfortable with your attorney and that they can explain things to your satisfaction before hiring them.
When is a good time to execute my Will?
Estate planning is not only for the elderly. Every adult should have an estate plan specifying what should happen to their property when they pass away. While most people prefer not to think too far ahead, death is a reality that is for the most part unplanned. It is much better to draw up your own Will instead of relying on what the law has in store for everyone who did not take the time to do so. If you have a spouse and/or children, it is especially important for you to have a Will to ensure they are properly taken care of once you have passed.