In legal situations, some individuals opt for little to no representation. For the most part, this is never recommended, given the need for lawyers in the courtroom. When it boils down to when you should and shouldn’t represent yourself, the answer becomes very clear: You should never leave this fate up to yourself — unless of course, you’re a lawyer. Here are a few reasons to opt for professional representation.
- You could ruin your own case. Lawyers understand the practice and protocol that goes into these cases. While you may understand a number of things, failure to make a deadline or file the correct paperwork will drastically reduce your chances of winning the case.
- We understand that you may know the facts, but the strategy is also half of the battle. The argument side of law is strategic and based around releasing this type of information at specific times. It needs to be clear that you are ready to plan accordingly when presenting a case — a lawyer has years of experience and training in this field.
- You’re giving the other side an advantage. In most cases the other side will have an attorney, and if he/she looks over and sees no representation, they will exploit your lack of knowledge in the field. This is not good for you or your legal standing moving forward.
- The judge may not be keen on your decision. Lack of knowledge in the courtroom can extend the entire process for everyone involved, and this may irritate the judge. This of course, is the absolute last thing you’ll want to do.
- You may regret it. The term ‘better safe than sorry’ is very critical to understand here. Attorneys immerse themselves in this practice, so it’s best to leave it to them. The cost of an attorney can be much less than the cost you may have to pay if you lose the case.
If you’re involved in a legal matter, it’s best to consult the experts. Founded in 2000, Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP brings together a group of highly qualified attorneys focused on serving the legal needs of individuals, businesses and municipalities throughout New York, Connecticut and the surrounding areas. For appellate cases, we have a number of attorneys that specialize in the specific fields you may be looking for. To learn more about our firm, please click here to see a summary of our practice areas, or contact us at 914-288-9595 or by filling out this online form today.