Ask A Lawyer

The following legal information was provided by, the law office of Scarfone Hawkins LLP.

We all like to think that we can manage our own lives without help, but sometimes problems will crop up that are too big for us to deal with on our own. This is especially true with legal matters, where misinterpretations and loopholes can cause big problems down the line and even land us in court. If you want to make sure you're covering all your legal bases, you should ask a lawyer to look over the contract for you and give you advice on what you should do. Lawyers' fees can be $150 per hour and up, even for a consultation, but it can be worth it.

Separation and Divorce

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Buying or Selling a Home

When a home changes hands, there are generally hundreds of thousands of dollars also changing hands, so the offer contract and the closing documents need to be written in an ironclad legal language that does not allow room for either party to take advantage of the other. For this reason, whether you're drawing up the offer contract or receiving it from a buyer, you'll want to bring it to a trained real estate lawyer for review before you sign anything.

Contract Disputes

Our lives are full of contracts, from the ones we sign with our employer to the ones we agree to with home repair companies or real estate listing agents or even our landlords. In any case where you have a signed contract and someone's not holding up their end of the bargain, you may have to hire a lawyer to look at the document and make sure everything's on the up and up. If it's not, you may be entitled to take legal action (sue).

Allegations of Wrongdoing

You don't have to be charged with a crime to seek advice from a lawyer. In situations where you've been accused of breaking contracts or promises, cheating, or even unfair business practices, you may need a lawyer's help to clear your name. They can review the documents pertaining to your obligations and let you know if you are actually in the wrong or not.

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