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Do I Need an Attorney?

I have found that for many people it can be difficult to decide when they need to bring an attorney into the mix.  I have spoken with many people experiencing a family law issue like the modification of child support or an order of protection problem and oftentimes they are unsure if they need a lawyer.  This is understandable as the decision to retain an attorney involves a financial analysis and can have a dramatic effects on the outcome of any family law proceeding.

When people ask me if they need a lawyer I often use this analogy;   if you are sick enough to think that you think you need a doctor, you probably do and if your family law problem is significant enough that you think you need an attorney, you probably do.  If you’re anything like me you don’t run to the doctor every time you have a runny nose.  Conversely, there are times that you know you need to see a doctor.  The same goes for legal assistance.  If you feel like you can’t handle the situation on your own you should see a lawyer.  Family law cases require a deft hand and it is easy for some people to get in over their heads.

The bottom line is, trust your instincts and seek help when you need it.  As the old adage goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The attorneys of Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb stand ready to assist you.  There are solutions to your problems and answers to your questions, but you need to take the first step.

Article written by attorney Jeffrey McCombs