In this difficult economy, everyone is searching for ways to save money. Shoppers who never used to look twice at grocery coupons now clip them before heading to the supermarket. Drivers who used to trade in the family sedan every three years now look for ways to keep their cars running well beyond the 100,000 mile mark. Jobs are uncertain, money is tight, and people want to spend less on goods and services… including legal services.
Legal services are expensive. While it isn’t easy to change that, peop-le have found ways to save money in their legal affairs. One of these is the increasing tendency to handle things without an attorney. In recent decades, we’ve seen tremendous growth in the self-help and do-it-yourself legal sector. There are books, CD sets, and tutorial kits that guide people on how to handle many legal matters on their own.
This can mean saving money by drafting your own will or business lease. People are also handling other types of transactions, such as bankruptcy actions or the formation of corporations. The advent of do-it-yourself resources has given the public self-reliance and independence from running to an attorney for every legal need. However, if things are complex, it could pay to consult with an attorney. A small consultation could avoid larger headaches down the road.
The nice thing about many do-it-yourself resources is that they don’t assume the user has a legal background. They often guide people step by step, showing where information must be written on standardized forms. While computer based programs are popular, there is still a large demand for traditional book formats.
Pre-paid legal plans are another means by which people can save money. Such plans charge a monthly or annual fee for membership. Benefits can include free consultation with an attorney if a legal question arises. Being a member of a plan doesn’t mean the subs-criber gets legal services for free. Plan members pay attorneys when the attorney goes to court or handles other legal matters. The bene-fit is lower hourly fees paid to the participating attorneys.
However, consumers should be aware that every plan is different. Some plans may be generous, offering free review of simple legal documents or brief correspondence. Some may offer unlimited free telephone consultations. However, some plans can charge for every transaction, itemizing each service performed.
We shouldn’t overlook free legal resources that arise in the community, such as workshops and lectures. These are sometimes coordinated through government agencies at local libraries and colleges. Law firms also present free seminars on a various subjects. It’s a good marketing tool for the firms because their attorneys get to meet new prospective clients. At the same time, it’s a good way for the public to learn about important legal issues.
So while it’s true that legal services can be expensive, there are ways to save money on legal matters. And with some of the methods, they are absolutely free.
Timur handles lawsuits for car accidents, slip & fall accidents, work accidents, cruise ship accidents, serious personal injury, hospital errors, medical malpractice, dangerous product, pharmaceutical drugs, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment and other areas of law.