I can list off articles and blogs about times where I should call a lawyer until I’m blue in the face. The other side of that very valuable coin, however, is when not to. It’s not as if I’m trying to avoid business, I just value the time and money of my customers. It’s that part of our business that makes us so darn good in the first place. There are absolutely cases where it wouldn’t be worth it to incur legal fees unless you actually just have too much money and don’t know what to do with it. At that point, I wouldn’t mind helping you find better things to do with it, but I digress. Here are a couple of instances where instead of meeting with a lawyer, you should just spend the money on relaxing and forgetting about it.
Things to Probably Not Call a Lawyer About:
1. WHEN YOU’VE BEEN FIRED AFTER NOT WORKING THERE FOR VERY LONG.
If you only worked your job for a brief period of time before being let go, there are a ton of completely legal reasons why it ended. Maybe you weren’t performing, or maybe your boss just didn’t like you. As long as you weren’t harassed, wrongfully accused of anything, or given the short stick as far as stock options or benefits, then there is unlikely to be a case. It’s easy to find a new job nowadays between LinkedIn, Craigslist, and Google in general. Future employers may also be leery of hiring someone that has filed a lawsuit against their previous boss. They don’t know the whole story and may feel like you’re someone to tiptoe around.
2. LOW-KEY SLANDER OR LIBEL
These may seem like quality reasons to get a lawyer involved, but they’re probably not. If it’s a false accusation(or a real one!) that could involve you getting arrested, then we’ve got a real case on our hands and you should come on in. Any kind of public accusation like that is serious. However, if the only real outcome is that your feelings got hurt, spend a little bit of money on a day of rest and relaxation. It’s better for both you and your wallet that way. People may make fun of you for a week because of what they saw in the newspaper, but everyone will forget about it a month from now. You’ll be glad no judge or jury got involved.
There are plenty of occasions to both call a lawyer and not. Generally, if someone is accused of something that may involve jail time, give us a call. However, if it’s just a matter of feelings being hurt or it would be the “principle of the thing” maybe put down the phone and go for a walk. Only filing a lawsuit when it’s necessary makes doing so all the more powerful