Lawyers come in all varieties and practices, so sometimes it may be difficult to narrow down what type of attorney you should hire. Most lawyers specialize in one of two specific areas of law, but there are other attorneys and firms that practice general law.
General law refers to the broad array of legal issues in the United States. A general practice attorney can be knowledgeable in many different areas of law, so they can offer clients a unique legal perspective. Here are a few reasons why you may benefit from hiring a general practice attorney.
Your location may dictate the types of attorneys available to you. If you live in a small, remote, or rural area then there may not be very many lawyers in your area. General practice attorneys tend to do well in these locations because they can specialize in many different legal matters and represent a number of different clients. This also allows you to create a more lasting relationship with your attorney as they can see you through a wide variety of legal issues that may arise during a lifetime.
2. Multiple legal issues
If you own your own business then you probably know that there are a lot of small things that could turn into large legal issues. This is why many business owners choose to have a general practice attorney on retainer. If anything arises—from industry disputes to client lawsuits—the attorney can help navigate the situation.
3. General family matters
Many things general practice attorneys deal with are family-related matters. These legal issues often include writing a will or living will, settling estates, setting up trusts, and permitting power of attorney. The benefit of having a general practice lawyer to help you with family-related legal matters is that they will generally be able to represent you and your loved ones in any case that should arise.
4. Complex cases
Sometimes your legal issues are not as cut and dry as writing a will or getting a speeding ticket. For cases that could potentially fall into multiple legal categories, it's a good idea to hire a general practice lawyer who is well versed in the areas pertinent to your case.
Before settling on a general practice attorney, you should look into their credentials. Take note of how many years they have been practicing, the types of cases they take on, and whether or not former clients were satisfied with their service.
Hello, I'm Phillip Kerr and I just love the legal profession and courtroom drama. Have you ever watched judge shows on TV? I know that these shows are not an accurate representation of the courtroom, but there is something you may have noticed. Some individuals come into the courtroom well-dressed, articulate, respectful and with the knowledge and documents necessary to support a case, while others come unprepared, slovenly dressed and appear as if they do not have a care in the world. How you present yourself and the knowledge that you have of the law will have an impact on how you are treated, even if you have legal representation. This blog is designed to assist those who are going to trial in doing just that.