Do You Need a Lawyer? Here's How to Know Which Type of Lawyer to Hire

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a lawyer shaking hands with a client

There are almost as many different types of lawyers as there are potential legal cases in the world. Knowing what type of lawyer you need is an adventure in itself, one you may not be prepared for when your family is going through a rough time.

If you need a lawyer, it helps to know where to start. Here are three of the most common types of lawyers, what they do, and when you should call them.

Personal Injury Lawyer

A personal injury lawyer is a type of civil litigator. They work specifically in an area known as tort law, which covers private or civil wrongs or injuries.

Generally speaking, personal injury lawyers represent plaintiffs alleging physical or psychological injury as a result of someone else’s negligent, whether that third party is a person, business, or organization.

Their goal is to make the injured party (you) whole again (inasmuch as possible) and to discourage others from committing the same wrong that was done to you.

You would call a personal injury attorney for cases such as:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace injuries
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Slip and fall cases
  • Dog bites
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Insurance/bad faith claims
  • Wrongful death

Personal injury lawyers act as their client’s advocate, ensuring they get fair treatment throughout the legal process.

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Business/Corporate Lawyer

If you love the TV show Suits, then you’re familiar with a highly dramatized version of corporate law.

Corporate lawyers are responsible for ensuring the legality of business transactions, and so their knowledge base must be fairly broad. For example, they might advise a client on how to legally structure a business or guide a client through a business acquisition or merger.

As such, a corporate lawyer’s knowledge might include a wide range of topics beyond corporate law itself, such as:

  • Tax law
  • Contract law
  • Zoning laws
  • Accounting laws
  • Bankruptcy laws
  • Securities law
  • Intellectual property rights

Unlike a personal injury or criminal defense attorney, a corporate lawyer must be a team player by nature, as corporate attorneys on both sides of a transaction aren’t adversarial; instead, they’re trying to seek common ground for both of their clients in order to find the best possible outcome.

Family Lawyer

Family attorneys are another group that many regular people are familiar with — they’re often referred to as divorce lawyers.

But family law goes much deeper than divorce. It deals with all family-related issues and domestic relations. Many family law firms handle litigation around marriage and divorce, but family lawyers also handle:

  • Adoptions
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Domestic violence
  • Civil protection orders

Some family lawyers develop a specialty, but many of these lawyers work with different types of family law cases. They must also have a wide range of legal skills, from drafting contracts to counseling clients on their rights and options to litigating contested matters.

Need a Lawyer?

If you need a lawyer, you probably don’t have time to wait. You need someone to guide you through the maze in front of you, and you need someone good.

You came to the right place.

We’re experienced personal injury experts with the strength, knowledge, and expertise to defend your case and fight for your rights. Our entire legal team takes the time to get to know you, and we take pride in treating our clients with the respect and compassion we would give a family member.

If you need to speak with an attorney about your case, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation.