04-09-2015

What Are Stupid Questions to Ask Attorneys?

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Short Answer: There are NONE!

Let’s face it: people never get in trouble for knowing too much or asking too many questions. When can an attorney help you? Just about any time! Whenever you have that sinking feeling and say to yourself, “Should I ask an attorney about this situation?” STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND CALL ONE. If the deal is too good to wait, trust me, it’s NOT.

As an attorney with two and a half decades of experience, I will be the first to tell you that the only stupid question is the one you don’t ask. Think about it: What harm will it do to pick up the phone, call an attorney and try to get help. In fact, if you don’t have “a go-to-guy (or gal) attorney,” you need one on speed dial.

I am not a business lawyer or an estate attorney, I am a litigator and lobbyist. However, I know a lot about the law and when friends, associates or clients call me with their problems, I can always help them sort through the situation and either solve the problem or find a good attorney who can help them.

Why am I writing this column right now? I just got off the phone with a client who, without seeking my advice, went into court and plead guilty to a traffic charge that will increase his insurance rates for the next three years by over 500 percent. There was a better way. He could have called me and I could have solved the issue.

I can still get him help, however, it’s going to cost him about 10 times what it otherwise would have cost to properly handle the situation from the beginning.

Remember, when it comes to legal questions, the only stupid one is the one you don’t ask!

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