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Prevention is better than cure

When legal issues arise, most times people ask themselves, “should I consult with a lawyer?” The answer is absolutely, “YES!”  The old medical adage, “prevention is better than cure” equally applies to legal issues. Don’t wait until you are in hot water before seeking a way out.

I have had many clients come to me after the fact, when they are already in a difficult situation. For example, a client agrees to a contract that has unsatisfactory terms because he 1) really wants the deal and, 2) believes that the terms where he has concerns will not occur.

These clients usually come to me when a development arises and they want out of the contract. In many cases my contract review reveals that it was a terrible agreement from the start and it definitely was not in the best interest of my client. However, I may not be able to get them out of it, and if I am, it is going to be costly.

Family, friends, co-workers or even online research will give you advice, but the information that you receive may not be correct or even apply to the specifics of your situation. One of the challenges of being a lawyer is sometimes giving clients news that they do not want to hear. At the same time, the upside of being a lawyer is helping people and giving them solutions to their problems.

Whether you want to hear it or not, it is always best that you know where you stand. Either way – with good or bad news – it is well worth your money and time upfront, than the expense and hassle of litigation on the back end. The benefit of a consultation is that you will have the opportunity, through talking with an attorney, to determine whether or not you have a claim or case to pursue, the likelihood of being successful, the challenges, and the cost and commitment up until the point of resolution, trial or appeal. An attorney can answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed decision.

Feel free to contact Thomas McCain Law for a consultation. In response to this blog we are offering free 15 minute phone consultations through the end of March. When scheduling a consultation, make sure to provide the keyword: prevention.

Danielle Thomas McCain

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