Every so often, you may find yourself in a situation where you need a lawyer’s help. There are many different types of legal issues that require an attorney. Some include a court case, where others do not.
Though there are some cases in which you may not need a lawyer, it is always best to know reasons you should get a lawyer before issues come up. Below are 5 reasons why you might need a lawyer.
1. You have a pending criminal case
If you have been accused of or arrested for committing a crime, you may want to consult with a lawyer. Having a criminal defense attorney on your side can mean the difference between a conviction or an acquittal.
Whether innocent or guilty, a criminal defense lawyer’s role is to seek the best possible outcome for their client. This includes building up a case in the defendant’s favor, proving any necessary legal guidance leading up to and after the court trial
Though you can choose to be represented by a public defender, they often have large caseloads that do not allow them to provide much time or attention to your case. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney in Miami that you know you can count on will provide you with the legal guidance you need in your situation.
If you are facing a criminal court case, it is important to face it with an experienced attorney by your side. Alejandra Aguilera, the founding attorney of The Aguilera Law Center,is a former prosecutor with years of experience in criminal court. Contact the Aguilera Law Center today for a legal consultation. Call 305-255-FIRM now.
2. You are filing or fighting a restraining order
Getting a restraining order against someone or appealing one against you requires an appearance in court. While an initial injunction is temporary, once it is served, it will lead to a scheduled trial in court where both parties can plead their case and the judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to grant the petitioning party the order of protection. Fighting a permanent injunction is crucial because if an injunction is issued against you this may affect your immigration status and your record.
Whether you are petitioning for a restraining order or fighting to remove a restraining order, having a lawyer on your side before and during the injunction trial is critical. You can file or appeal a restraining order on your own, but having an experienced family law attorney will help you in gathering the necessary evidence and being prepared for your day in court.
3. You are filing for divorce
Divorce in Miami can be a relatively simple process, but in some cases, it can be a long and difficult, depending on the situation. A divorce where there are no assets or children involved can be straightforward, but married couples often have shared homes, possessions, and kids, with no prenuptial agreement. In these cases, having a divorce consultation with a Miami family law attorney can simplify the process.
Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that couples do not have to prove any wrongdoing in order to finalize a divorce. However, evidence could be required if one party is fighting for full custody of their children, alimony, or when dividing assets.
If you are considering divorce or have been served with divorce papers, contact the attorneys at The Aguilera Law Center, P.A. for a divorce consultation. Give our office a call today at 305-255-FIRM or contact us online to connect with one of our expert attorneys.
4. You are being sued
Being served court papers can be very stressful, especially when you don’t have an attorney. If you are being sued, the first thing you need to do after being served is contact the right attorney for your case because there probably is a deadline to file a response.
If you are being sued for a civil matter, consult with a Miami Civil Litigation lawyer. Civil litigators are trial lawyers with experience in the courtroom. Having an experienced attorney review your case as soon as possible and defend you in court can make all the difference in your case.
When it comes to being sued, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. In civil cases, time is of the essence and you will want to give your lawyer ample time to review your case and create a winning defense.
5. You are ready to start estate planning
Though estate planning can seem a rather morbid subject, it is never too early to start. The future is unpredictable, and leaving loved ones to deal with the court in place of a will is not how anyone wants to be remembered.
Without an estate plan, or will, Florida’s intestacy laws come into place, which will determine how assets are divided amongst family members. This often leads to family in-fighting over who deserves what, and some family members may not be included in the division of assets at all.
Estate planning is about more than just money and assets. It can also help plan for emergency scenarios, such as being in a coma and who would make financial and medical decisions on your behalf. It can also outline your wishes for children and/or pets should something happen to you.
If you need help with any legal issue, The Aguilera Law Center, P.A., is here to help. Give our office a call today at 305-255-FIRM or contact us online to connect with one of our expert attorneys.