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Do I need to hire a lawyer for my personal injury/divorce/custody matter?

If you’ve been injured in an accident or are facing a divorce or custody matter you may wonder, do I need to hire a lawyer? The short answer is no. Pennsylvania Law does not require that you hire a lawyer to handle your legal matter. For personal injury matters, you can file your own claim with the negligent person’s insurance company. Likewise, for divorce and custody issues, many jurisdictions provide self-help forms that will guide you through the introductory processes. You may also be able to utilize a local pro bono legal services organization such as North Penn Legal for help with certain matters.

Unfortunately, injury claims and divorce and custody matters often become too complicated for people to successfully handle themselves. What if a negligent party’s insurance company determines their client was not at fault and denies your claim? Or what if you cannot return to work? Perhaps the insurance company has you examined by one of their hired doctors and he says you are fine. On the divorce and custody side, what if your spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers? Or you file a child support claim and the other parent misrepresents their level of income? The fact is a lawyer serves many functions. In addition to being an advocate, a lawyer is also counselor, teacher and friend.


If you are wondering whether you can afford to hire an attorney for your civil matter, you are not alone. Unfortunately, many people in Pennsylvania who are in need of legal services simply cannot afford to hire an attorney. If you do not qualify for help through a local legal aid organization, we offer affordable hourly rates for divorce, custody and support services. And for personal injury matters, there is no cost to you until we recover damages on your behalf.

If you contact Mobilio Wood, we will tell you if your matter is simple enough for you to handle on your own. On the other hand, we will recommend you hire an attorney to assist you if necessary. And if you do not hire us? That is okay! If you contact us for more information, there is no obligation. Call or email me today to find out if you really need to hire a lawyer.


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