Do It Yourself Vs. Hiring an Attorney: Making the Right Choice

Man filling in do it yourself legal form.

Filling in do it yourself legal forms and kits can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in attorney fees. We offer do-it-yourself legal forms for filing documents in the State of Washington. But we also offer a list of attorneys in Washington state who can handle your legal matters. Why do we offer both?

Because there are times when you likely can fill out and file a do it yourself form on your own. But other situations require an experienced attorney who knows exactly how to handle your situation, understands the court system and can get the job done accurately so no mistakes are made that cause you even bigger problems down the road.

How do you know whether do it yourself forms will do the trick and when it might make more sense to hire an attorney?

Money is Short

If you do not have the money to hire an attorney, filling in do it yourself legal forms may be the only choice you have for uncomplicated cases.

Prefer to Represent Yourself

Representing yourself in court is referred to as “Pro Se.” You’ll need to fill out your own paperwork and file any required legal documents with the court yourself if you choose to go pro se. Obtaining the proper legal forms, including any updates the court makes, is key to filing the property paperwork. We offer a selection of forms thare are always updated to meet Washington court standards.

Ramping Up

Many people fill in their own legal forms without any intention of actually filing them with the court. They use the forms and the information required to get a strong start on their meeting with an attorney. This can save valuable time and money at the attorney’s office when you already know some of the answers and can bring the necessary documentation before your meeting.

Complicated Situations

Complicated cases, such as lawsuit and matters that require negotiation are more difficult to handle unless you have lots of experience with the courts and the legal situation. Hiring an attorney usually makes more sense in these situations. Click here to find a lawyer.

Lots of Questions

If you have lots of questions about your legal situation, seeking the services of an attorney makes sense. You might even feel more confident after visiting your attorney to attempt to fill out the forms yourself.

Immediate Situations

If you’re suddenly in a legal situation and need to resolve it or get the process rolling ASAP, hiring an attorney may be preferable. For instance, if your spouse unexpectedly says they want a divorce, contacting an attorney to find out what next steps you should take could save you from dealing with more problems down the road. . Click here to find a lawyer.

Related: Read our blog post about the importance of finding an attorney before you actually need one.

Business Legalities

Many business legalities can be handled yourself, says the Small Business Administration. The SBA says legal issues such as filing paperwork to start a business, creating contracts and setting up the legal structure for your business may not require an attorney. But complex issues require the expertise of a lawyer, including filing patents, going through litigation and forming a corporation. Read the full SBA article by clicking here. Click here to read our blog post containing resources for handling the legal aspects of your company.

This blog post is not offered as specific advice, which may only be provided by an attorney based upon each individual situation. To find an attorney, click here to visit our attorney referral page.

 

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