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5 Misconceptions about Lawyers and the Law — and the Truth about Lillington Lawyers

Most Harnett County residents will need a lawyer at some point during their lives. While of course, many people won’t need a criminal defense attorney, we all need help with real estate, Wills, Trusts, and end-of-life planning. 

Some people associate lawyers with being “money hungry,” the law as “corrupt,” and working with a lawyer as “helping the guilty.” We know it’s easy to blame lawyers for things, but most attorneys are committed to helping their clients navigate a complex system. Have you heard any of these misconceptions about lawyers and the legal profession?

  1. Misconception: Lawyers take advantage of clients by charging high prices in times of need.
    Truth: People sometimes believe that lawyers charge exorbitant prices because they know people are desperate and will pay either way. However, Lillington, NC lawyers contribute hours of energy, research, and time into a case. Most lawyers work more than 40 hours per week. The fees lawyers charge vary by location and type of attorney. While the cheapest isn’t always best, you can, of course, meet with multiple lawyers and discuss pricing before making a decision. There are more expensive and less expensive lawyers, and it’s up to you to decide what you need.

    The Harnett County Courthouse.

    The Harnett County Courthouse. Photo by North Carolina Judicial Branch.

  2. Misconception: Lawyers sometimes lie to win a case.
    Truth: When lawyers are sworn in, they agree to high ethical standards. When you’re in court, you swear to speak nothing but the truth. Lying in court or on records can put a lawyer in trouble the same way it can for anyone testifying.

  3. Misconception: Big companies always win against “the little guy.”
    Truth: If you’re involved in a workers’ compensation case or personal injury case, you might feel intimidated by corporations and their legal teams. However, that doesn’t mean you should not speak to an attorney about your situation and consider suing for your rights.

  4. Misconception: You don’t need a lawyer for a real estate closing, to create a Will, or in many other non-court situations.
    Life is full of situations that require legal documents or a legal process, even if you don’t need to appear in court. For example, in a car accident, your attorney can help you gather evidence to help get your insurance settlement. When planning out your Will and estate, a lawyer will make sure the legal documents are set up properly, so your family doesn’t have to manage it later. A lawyer is your advocate, the person making sure all that confusing legal jargon is working for you — not against! So even for “just” a real estate closing, it’s critical to have someone checking on your behalf.

  5. Misconception: Lawyers know how to argue.
    Truth: While presenting an argument is part of being a lawyer, often the most essential part of our work is research, reading, and writing. We spend hours poring over documents, legal texts, keeping up with changes, and more — all to stay on top of our work. 

If you have questions about hiring a Lillington, NC lawyer, please reach out to us to learn more.

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