How To Get Through Your Legal Case On A Budget

Legal proceedings in the US are expensive. If possible, you want to avoid situations like this at all costs. A lengthy legal case can quite easily bankrupt you if you lose. Rather than worrying about situations like this, choose some of the alternative options available to you.

Here are a few ways you can deal with the complex world of US law without spending a lot of money.

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Employing a lawyer because you need to win a case out of ‘principle’ or a case where there’s little money to be won isn’t cost-effective. Consider whether you even need to fight the case in the first place. You could also consider employing a consultant or a paralegal at a lower price.

If you’re willing to put some work in, consider taking out some legal books from your local library and fighting your case alone.

Small Claims Court

Small claims court exists for people who’re trying to claim a few thousand dollars. Lawyers aren’t involved and the filing process is much simpler and cheaper. It’s designed for people who want to have a day in court to fight their cases. You don’t need to have any specific legal knowledge.

All you need to do is outline why you’re claiming/defending and why your side of the story is true. Of course, the laws of the US still apply in their full and final forms.

Unbundled Legal Services

Purchase unbundled legal services at a lower cost. Unbundled legal services are essentially the buffet of legal services. You can pick and choose what you need and handle everything yourself.

For example, you might want someone who can check your documentation before you file, or you just need some independent legal advice on your case.

Make sure you know what you’re doing before opting for a lower number of legal services, though. It can be more costly for you if you fight a case largely by yourself and don’t do everything by the book.

Get the Details and Group Them Up

Most attorneys will charge by the hour in six-minute increments. To reduce the amount of time spent talking to them, group your questions together and make sure you have all your details ready. The less legwork the lawyer has to do the lower the cost.

If you really want to fight a case and save money, you need to be willing to assume a portion of the responsibility. It might take up more of your time, but you’ll see the fruits of your labors in the final bill.

Always Focus on Business

Whenever you make a legal decision, concentrate on whether it’s a good option for business. It isn’t always a good idea to fight for what’s right in the legal arena. Taking someone to court should be the last option, and sometimes it’s best to simply let things go for your own financial well-being.

It’s difficult to do this, but it’s better to be affluent than poor and to be proved right.

About the Author

Vivian Richards is a promising law student who works as a paralegal in a reputed law firm. She feels you can learn more through experience then through books. She hopes to become one of the finest Criminal and DUI Lawyer in the city.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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