Legal representation is a process that typically involves the drafting of legal documents and other steps. When represented by counsel, you can participate in the law process with confidence that your rights will be protected. Depending on an individual’s situation, this might mean hiring an attorney for one or more of the following purposes:
Helping you make well-informed decisions about your case
Lawyers allow you to think through your options and create a legal strategy that will maximize your chances of effectively resolving your issue. They can help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case and refer you to professionals that can assist with your case.
Acting as a guide to the legal process
Some clients will find it helpful to have an attorney guide them through the court system by explaining how certain procedures work and by suggesting methods to resolve their issues. An experienced attorney can help you navigate through complicated issues, like family law, probate, and property disputes, as well as business law and criminal defense.
In a civil matter, an attorney will take on the task of representing you before the court. He or she will file all the paperwork and be there for all hearings, depositions, and trials. In a criminal matter, an attorney will provide advice to you and represent you in front of the judge at your trial. Additionally, if you were arrested or charged with a crime, an attorney can help you determine if it is in your best interest to plead guilty or innocent.
Representing you in negotiations with the opposing party
Service of process is one of the first tasks an attorney will perform. An attorney can be your point-person in dealing with the opposing party’s attorney and potentially begin negotiations on your behalf. If you are being sued, an attorney can also help you draft a defense and assist with negotiating agreements to resolve issues. This includes preparing for court trials as well as any negotiations that may occur between you and the court.
Enhancing your rights and options
Proper legal advice can help you make good decisions about your case. For instance, an attorney can help decide if it would be better to settle out of court or go to trial. You must let the attorney know if you would like to do everything possible to resolve your case or whether you are a willing to compromise. An attorney may suggest alternative dispute resolution methods, like mediation, which can help keep costs down and avoid having a judge decide the matter for you.
Stone & Sallus are the perfect partners when it comes to legal representation. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service and making sure your legal needs are met. You can count on us for professional and reliable representation in court.