Nobody likes the idea of needing a lawyer. If you do, it likely means you’re in trouble, or something negative has happened to you. It means you may be responsible for extensive legal fees, and you may be tied up in court for a period of weeks or months.
Still, lawyers provide an important service, and if you’re in a precarious legal situation, it’s generally better to hire one than it is to try and resolve the situation on your own. So how can you tell if a situation warrants a lawyer?