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The cost of being your own lawyer

By Inga Andriessen

Some blog topics come up over and over again on our site. It’s not because we’ve run out of ideas – believe me we have ideas. It’s because the issue keeps coming up over and over again.

Recently, we helped a client with a lawsuit involving a contract they drafted without a lawyer’s input. We won. The client was happy.

The client then returned with a new lawsuit involving another contract they drafted without a lawyer’s input. This contract was drafted during the timing of the first lawsuit. The client knew better.

The client knew that they paid us approximately $4,000 to deal with the litigation and they knew we would have charged $750 to review their contract. You don’t need to be a math major to recognize litigation costs a lot more than drafting work.

A different client recently came to our firm, finally giving up trying to run their own Small Claims Court collection files. They realized that sitting around, waiting to be heard by a judge was taking away from their ability to conduct their business. No kidding. If you’re not a paralegal or lawyer, you have better things to do with your time than sit around waiting for court.

In this day and age where many business owners are willing to spend money on expensive cars and luxurious office furniture, maybe it’s time to take a step back and realize that you can afford a lawyer if you choose to do so. It’s cheaper in the long run.

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