Sometimes life brings up conflicts. These conflicts might be big or small. In the heat of the moment, an issue at hand might feel unmanageable. An emergency is always a good reason to dial 911. Car crashes, house fires and injuries are a justified reason to call. But what about legal emergencies?
There's a time and a place to call a lawyer. We all face personal trials in life. Maybe after two weeks of working a job, your boss let you go. Maybe your neighbor's tree keeps shedding foliage on your roof. Although these are considerable annoyances, it's best to deal with those issues yourself.
On the other hand, there are many reasons why you should call a lawyer, such as:
- You need an estate plan. Estate planning encompasses a wide range of documents. Wills, trusts and powers of attorney are all complex matters. It's common for people to misunderstand some of the legal language. This is risky for families. A will is invalid in California if it's done the wrong way.
- You need to sign a contract. Contracts usually translate into a long-term commitment, especially with estate planning. Before you sign your name to anything, it's important to have a lawyer look over the documents.
- You are unsure about your role. It's not unusual for people to misunderstand their roles in a will or trust. Performing certain duties is vital in carrying out an estate plan or probate process. You should call a lawyer if you have questions about a trust document. This will ensure things are done the right way the first time.
- A family member dies. Often, individuals will turn to the Internet when they have questions about administering an estate. Unfortunately, the Internet is full of false or misleading information. You don't want to take a gamble when assets and property are at hand. You could be held personally liable for any costly mistakes. It's best to call a lawyer.