Lawyers: Benefits May Be Worth The Cost - Zukerman Law

Lawyers: Benefits May Be Worth The Cost

Representing yourself in court may seem like a good way to save money, but it could be costly in the long run. According to a recent story, a woman and her husband separated, considering divorce. She reported that she spent upwards of $15,000 in legal fees in a single year, which is why she decided to represent herself. The problem is that there are many issues that can prevent a person from representing oneself safely, and not using a lawyer can lead to costly mistakes, like speaking out of turn or telling a court too much about your situation.

For one thing, it’s possible for an opposing lawyer to have a case thrown out with a summary judgment. Without the knowledge of the law that lawyers have, a self-representing individual may not have a way to fight back.

Another thing is the absolute stress of working in litigation. One woman passed away after six years of intense litigation related to her property; her husband reported that he can’t say it’s from the litigation itself, but the stress was a problem along with being no closer to a resolution; on top of that, he’s also lost his wife.

Another option for those who want to represent themselves is to be coached by a lawyer. At the very least, this allows individuals to ask for advice and to allow a lawyer to talk them through particularly difficult moments in the case. If the lawyer is needed for any reason, he or she is also familiar with the case and can step in to represent the client.

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Stuart Zukerman

Stuart Zukerman, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, has over 32 years of experience in litigation with a focus on Family Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Dismissal claims, and Collaborative Divorce & Mediation. He has extensive trial experience in divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset division, and ICBC injury claims. As an accredited Family Law Mediator, he helps resolve disputes without court intervention. Stuart has also authored papers on family law and lectured at CLE courses.