A Fool For a Client and an Idiot for a Lawyer

Why do people choose to represent themselves? In some cases, it may be a lack of funds to hire a lawyer, and in other cases it may be delusion.

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “anyone who represents himself has a fool for a client and an idiot for a lawyer.” It’s certainly not something you want to be guilty of, but even worse, you won’t likely want the outcome because in many cases, the “self represented” realize their error in judgment. This article from the Tampa Bay Times, highlights 7 People Who Acted as Their Own Attorney, and you will see that most of them regretted it.

Before you choose to represent yourself, you need to consider what is at stake, your legal expertise, and the cost to avoid the worst possible outcome for your case.

A Free Legal Consultation is Just a Phone Call Away

Many people have the need for legal advice, yet they fail to call a lawyer for many reasons. I’d like to share with you how you can have a lawyer as an advocate for far less than you would expect, and in many case, for free

For starters, most lawyers offer a free initial consultations. Their goal is to get you as a client, so it makes sense to talk to lots of people who have legal needs. In fact, if you find a lawyer that does not offer a free consult, I would probably not be inclined to use them, unless you had a personal referral and they had some unique specialty.

Second, there are lots of legal advocacy organizations that offer free legal advice, for those who have some fear around calling law firms. These groups typically have lawyers who volunteer to provide helpful info, and in the end, these lawyers often end up landing clients as a result, so it’s a win-win.

When it comes to finding a personal injury lawyer, you will find many firms eager to discuss your case with you. Why? Their goal will be to find out if you have a valid case which will result in a settlement and they would be paid by getting a percentage of whatever meny they help you collect.

One recommendation that has served thousands of people over the past several decades is having a legal services plan from Legal Shield. With this plan, it allows members to call a lawyer whenever they need one to ask a question, have them write letters – or make calls – on their behalf, or even show up to traffic court with – or for – them. It is not only affordable but they save their members thousands of dollars per year. I urge you to check out Legal Shield just to see if you see how much sense it makes for you. They have both personal and business plans which for business owners is even a bigger win.  It’s kind of like insurance “it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it”.