Many people who find themselves in need of a lawyer or legal help find that it helps to be informed about different areas of law and different kinds of lawyers that may be able to help their specific situation.
It does not matter whether this is the first or fifth time you need legal advice, or if having legal counsel is a regular part of how you manage your business or financial affairs, it is important to educate yourself in order to be confident that the people you hire to take care of your legal needs are going to be able to deliver what you want.
The United States has federal, state and local laws. Federal laws generally trump state and local laws but sometimes they do not. There are situations where a local law allows something that the state and federal government have outlawed, as well as laws that have been passed at the state level that contradict what a federal law states is illegal.
A person who needs a lawyer may need one who is licensed to practice in federal courts or one who is only licensed at the state level in the state where they need legal representation. Lawyers who practice at the Federal level are typically licensed to practice in one or more state.
LEGAL PRACTICE AREAS
There are many, many different practice areas of law and different kinds of lawyers who practice within them. Within a specific practice area, there are typically many more nuanced areas in which a lawyer may specialize. The specifics of your particular claim, and the location where you need representation will determine what kind of lawyer is best suited to your needs.
WHY PEOPLE NEED LEGAL HELP
The laws that govern our everyday lives are complicated.
The way laws and legal information are written do not always make sense to everyone they affect on a day to day basis.
For many people, their day to day lives are not notably impacted by laws unless someone around them breaks a law that affects them, or if they themselves are noticed doing something illegal such as when someone mugs someone else, or someone steals an identity.
A very common reason people need lawyers in the United States is when they get injured by someone else’s negligence, recklessness or malice. When someone is injured because of one or more of these they may have a personal injury claim to seek compensation for.
People often need a lawyer when they commit a crime or if they are charged with one. Crimes have a broad range of definitions with drunk driving, white collar crimes, and manslaughter being common causes for criminal charges.
There are many areas of law that have nothing to do with crimes that people often need the help of a lawyer for such as, family, estate, property, and tax law.
Intellectual property law pertains to work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc. Technology has a big influence on intellectual property law and with the rapid change of technology, it is at the forefront of legal issues and needs in the United States.
There are many different reasons not mentioned here why people need legal help. If you are in the situation of needing legal help, you will probably benefit from being informed and educated on some basics about law in the United States, as well as the particular area of law that your situation pertains to.