When Do You Need Legal Advice? A Complete Guide

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Legal advice comes in handy when handling an issue that could send you to the courts or one that needs legal interpretation. The rule when seeking legal advice is ensuring you engage an experienced and specialised lawyer. Professional liability coverage is also essential since it protects you from losses or prosecution caused by the lawyer's negligence as they offer legal advice. Below is an extract with insights into when you might need legal advice. 

When Exchanging Real Estate 

When buying or selling real estate, legal advice will help you establish the following; 

  • Is the property located in a zoned area? It is especially so if you intend to convert commercial property into a home or vice versa.
  • What are the land planning regulations? For instance, you could be compelled to maintain the structure's original design if the area is marked as a heritage site.
  • Does the property comply with the building code? If not, you might be required to make expensive renovations.
  • Is the property legally registered? If the title details differ from those at the local lands office, you could experience challenges transferring the property to your name.
  • Is the property under dispute? You risk losses if you purchase a property with an outstanding dispute.
  • Does the property have an easement? For example, the local internet company could have permission to install underground or overhead cables. 

After Suffering a Personal Injury 

Although the negligent party could be willing to settle, a lawyer's advice will always come in handy. Typically, the lawyer evaluates the conditions under which the injury occurred to determine whether the other party is fully responsible for the injury. Then, the lawyer consults your doctors to establish the medical and rehabilitation costs. If you missed work or terminated a contract due to the injuries, the lawyer will consider these losses when appraising the injury. The lawyer will also inform you about your rights when seeking compensation. For instance, what steps should you take if the other party dodges compensation negotiations? They will also give insights on how to handle the insurance adjuster. 

When Contemplating Divorce

Applying for divorce on impulse can be pretty risky. Ideally, the lawyer will explain the implications of the divorce. For example, where will the kids live once you file the divorce? If you have a busy schedule, getting primary custody of the kids would be difficult since the court considers the parent who offers stability. Similarly, if you have ties to criminal networks, your partner could get sole custody of the kids. The lawyer will also advise you on how to plan your finances as you plan the divorce. For example, you could distinguish between joint and personal assets. Finally, the lawyer can help you prepare for custody and property division negotiations to ensure you have the upper hand.