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Why Knowledge of Common Law Isn't Enough to Navigate the Court Systems of Today

Last updated 2 years ago

When you’re facing a legal issue regarding bankruptcy, family law, or Social Security disability, you may be tempted to save some money by handling your legal representation yourself. However, you may make critical errors that jeopardize your legal case, which may actually cost you more in the long run. Read on to find just a few of the reasons why having an experienced attorney on your side is vital.

The legal process may be more complex than you think.

A matter that seems straightforward, like filing a bankruptcy petition, is more complicated than it first appears. Deciding which type of bankruptcy to file is difficult, and making the wrong decision could have a major effect on your financial future. The same is true of filing for divorce. Dividing marital property and debts is complicated, and letting a judge handle matters could result in an unfair arrangement.

Laws change.

Even if you take the time to gain an understanding of the legal principles that affect your claim, your reference materials could be out of date, completely undoing your research. An attorney’s job is to stay up to date on changes in his specialty in order to give his clients the best possible advice. Attorneys also have knowledge of case precedent, which can be vital to a ruling.

Experience is the key to success.

Handling a complex matter like divorce, bankruptcy, or disability requires years of experience. Chances are you have never represented yourself in court and presented arguments; this inexperience could seriously hinder your success.

Your future is at stake.

You wouldn’t try to diagnose and treat your own illness; similarly, legal matters can affect your future just as much as your health and require the same degree of specialized knowledge. So much is at stake, from your assets to your financial stability—don’t try to handle such a high-stakes process on your own. Let an attorney help you.

Don’t take chances with your future. Dixon & Johnston, P.C. can help you file and settle your disability, divorce, or bankruptcy matter. Our attorneys can advocate for you and help you get the results you deserve. Call (618) 233-1103 to reach our Belleville office.


The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.


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