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Understanding the Law: 4 Times in Life When You Might Need an Attorney

You don’t have to break the law to need a lawyer. Legal experts are crucial in a variety of situations when you need someone who has a thorough understanding of what the law does and doesn’t allow. You want to make sure you have someone by your side who you can trust. Here are four times in life when you might need an attorney.

Landlord Disputes

As a younger adult, you’ll likely spend at least a few years paying rent (as opposed to owning a house). While most landlords will be courteous as long as you’re courteous, you might have some who give you grief, such as accusing you of doing things you weren’t responsible for and holding your deposit unjustly after you move out. In these cases, you should hire an attorney who specializes in tenancy law and will help you to come out on top.

Workplace Woes

When you go to work, you absolutely do not waive your rights. Any job environment, be it a factory or an office, needs to treat its employees with respect and obey the law. Should you find your workplace is deliberately treating you in an unlawful manner, from sexual harassment to wrongful termination, you have the right to seek recourse. A qualified attorney will work with you when dealing with your work issues.


It’s not pleasant to think about a marriage dissolving. However, if you have to go through a divorce, then you definitely want to have an attorney by your side. They can help you work with your former spouse to decide on what’s fair in the aftermath of your separation, from alimony to visitation and custody rights. It’s vital in this situation for all parties involved to act mature and rationally and not let emotions run rampant.

Brushes with the Law

You should, of course, make sure to follow the law as best as you can. However, you might do something irrational that gets you arrested. While it’s hopefully nothing too serious, you should never forget your right to an attorney. They can work with you and your case to help you get the best verdict possible. You can’t undo the past, but you can make the future a bit more bearable.

Attorneys should be appreciated for their expertise and service. With their knowledge of the law, they can help you through a variety of stressful situations.

Author information: Kare Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. You can find Kara on Facebook and Twitter.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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