Sometimes, a case does not seem to be very complicated at all. And sometimes a case really is that simple. Does that mean you should just file the papers yourself?
Some potential clients will sometimes turn to one or more of the following solutions in a family law case:
1. LegalZoom, or a similar company with self-help forms;
2. The forms prepared by the Oregon Judicial Department;
3. Document preparation services run by non-lawyers.
What do all of these solutions have in common?
A lawyer is not taking the time and care necessary to help you feel confident you are really accomplishing your goals. Remember, a lawyer is the only person who has the qualifications necessary to help ensure you are protected.
“Self-help” forms are often prepared using the lowest common denominator, and may not help you avoid unintended consequences. Just like a good doctor, a good lawyer will ask you many questions, and take the time necessary to make sure you are on the right track. Oftentimes, our clients come to us because of self-help documents that have unintended consequences–going back and fixing something with a lawyer can be more expensive than just having a lawyer take care of things for you the first time around. If something is important and may affect your legal rights, hire a lawyer to give you the piece of mind you deserve.