Spoken like a true lawyer, but it depends.
But seriously, lawyers perform many different roles and perform a wide-variety of services for their clients and for the community at large. Depending on your potential legal needs, a lawyer may be able to help you by providing:
- guidance and advice,
- general counsel,
- specific preparation of legal documents,
- litigation prosecution and defense services,
- business advice and legal entity guidance and formation services,
- tax advice, and
- assist in many other topic areas.
Hiring a lawyer may also depend on what you need. Often times, the topic you think you need help with leads to suggestions by the lawyer about other related issues that are also important for you to be aware of in order to make an informed decision to satisfy your particular need.
If a lawyer cannot address your particular need because he or she does not practice in a particular area of the law or your need is not purely a legal need, the lawyer may be able to assist you by referring you to other lawyers, professionals, or community resources and services to satisfy your need and resolve issues. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
Many lawyers provide low-cost consultations and competitive pricing for legal services. Hopefully you will be well-served and satisfied with your interactions with lawyers. Remember lawyers are well-educated and hard-working people like you. However, it is important to ensure you feel comfortable with any lawyer you decide to work with so make that decision wisely.