For many, the legal system is a mystery. They do not understand it and have no desire to understand it unless they find themselves facing some type of legal trouble. It is then that they turn to a legal professional. Outside of criminal law, the three most common practices of law are family law, personal injury law, and civil litigation.
Family law encompasses anything that has to do with the familial relationship. This would include divorce, child support, alimony payments, visitation rights, and child custody. Family law is exceptionally complicated because, in addition to the complexities of law, there are the emotional attachments that can cloud people's judgment. When a person's judgment is clouded, they make fatal mistakes.
One common mistake is going into divorce proceedings thinking that their soon-to-be ex-spouse will treat them fairly and in a cooperative manner. This very rarely happens. Divorce proceedings are an each man for himself situation. It is recommended that both parties walk into the situation realizing that their spouse will be looking out for their best interest and they need to do the same.
A second mistake that people make in divorce proceedings is thinking that they will get everything that they are asking for. This very rarely happens. In most cases, divorce proceedings are a give-and-take thing.
A third mistake that is commonly made is keeping valuable information from their attorney. At times, people may not trust their attorney and so they choose to hide certain financial assets they have or future financial plans from their attorney. In the end, this can only lead to disaster.
Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law focuses on providing individuals, who were injured either in an automobile accident or through the negligence of others, the opportunity to seek financial compensation for their injuries, time away from work, lost wages, and lost future wages. Often times, when people speak to a personal injury lawyer, they are in a very stressful situation. This stress may cause them to rush and eventually make mistakes.
One mistake that people make is not verifying the experience of the attorney who they are hiring. Something that must be remembered is that all personal injury lawyers are attorneys, but not all attorneys are personal injury lawyers. Hiring a lawyer who does not have experience in the personal injury field can be disastrous.
A second mistake that people make is choosing a lawyer solely based on a friend's referral. Just because a lawyer was able to help your friend, this does not mean that your case and your friend's case are the same. It is best to shop around and get information prior to choosing an attorney.
Finally, many people make the mistake of choosing an attorney just because they have the biggest ad in the phone book. When it comes to choosing an attorney, the size of the ad is not the important thing. What is important is if they have the skill that is needed to win your case.
Civil litigation is where two parties are in court because one is seeking financial damages from the other.
Common mistakes that are made prior to and during civil litigation include a failure to interview multiple attorneys, a failure to find an attorney who is familiar with local laws, and a failure to disclose information to the attorney.
Really, it is important to take time and do research prior to selecting an attorney. Failure to do the research and failure to select an attorney who is qualified to help you with your issues can result in you wasting a lot of time and a lot of money and getting poor results.