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Don’t Be a Legal Self-Help DIY April Fool

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There is a lot of legal self-help you can do that really is DIY (do it yourself), but if there is a lot of money at stake, property, children, parents, dependents, your credit rating, your reputation, your heirs or inheritance, or anything else that matters to you, please be a smart legal self-helper by doing thorough legal research or consulting a lawyer. (Or both!)

You may need only to consult a lawyer or find one to coach you through your case. And you need to find the right lawyer, so take the time and read about how to find and work with lawyers.

But it’s worth taking the time to find that lawyer. You never know when you might need to consult a lawyer again, on a debt problem, a business start-up, a neighbor dispute, a landlord-tenant problem, an estate plan, or a family legal problem.

The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service has a toll free number to call to get names of attorneys in your area; call their referral service at 503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636. More information about their services is available at their website.

There are other ways to find a lawyer including search engines and asking friends and relatives – or visit the law library and ask for lawyer referral resources.

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One response to “Don’t Be a Legal Self-Help DIY April Fool”

  1. Bret says:

    I always tell people that even if they hire an attorney, that they should do some research on their subject before going to the lawyer. That way, they won’t be sold snake oil or a headlight gasket and can feel confident that they understand the terminology that is being flung their way. Always learn before you burn.

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