There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  That is often true when it comes to legal advice.  One of the most frustrating and heart rending things about the practice of law is counselling someone who has a serious legal problem, and realizing that a simple consultation, before it was too late, would have avoided the whole thing.

If you are faced with a legal issue or emergency, the best advice you could get is to seek legal assistance right away!  A simple half hour consultation with an attorney can save you a lot of money and much stress later on.  There are many situations in the law that can be solved simply and cost effectively.  However, often times not dealing with an issue in a timely manner can have serious consequences.

There are different  deadlines to filing various claims, such as claims for damages or to collect monies due you. If you miss these deadlines, even by a single day, your claim is lost for good. Likewise, if you have been served with a lawsuit, garnishment or other legal process, there are legal deadlines to respond, after which a default judgment or other final action may be taken, without further notice.

Even if there are not hard deadlines involved, good legal advice can guide your actions and make you aware of your legal rights, duties and options. Just some of these issues can be things like: Am I receiving enough child support? Am I paying too much child support? Do I need to write or update my will? What are my rights about property ownership? Should I pursue a claim for damages? Is it necessary to open a succession on the death of a loved one?  These questions and many others can often be answered simply by an experienced attorney.

The time and money you spend for legal advice in these situation is well worth it. Many attorneys offer free consultation on some matters and charge a nominal consultation fee on others.  These free or low cost consultations can literally save you thousands of dollars later on.  To borrow another old saying, always avoid being penny wise and pound foolish.