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What Lawyers Do

Before you can decide whether or not you need a lawyer, it's important to understand what it is that lawyers do. Unless you've had personal experiences with a lawyer, your image of lawyers may come from popular culture. Most TV shows and movies portray lawyers arguing in court. While there are lawyers who are trial attorneys, lawyers do much more than go to trial. A lawyer can help you with starting a business, tax issues, estate planning, real estate, marital issues, and so much more.

During an initial consultation, a good attorney can give you an idea if they will be able to help you with your legal issue. A lawyer can also give you a list of possible options and courses of action. This will help you figure out if they are the best lawyer for your case.

FindLaw's What Lawyers Do section provides articles about how to determine if you need a lawyer and things to think about before you sue a person or a company. You can also find a helpful section that provides a directory of the various legal practice areas that attorneys can choose to focus on.

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