Before you hire a lawyer, consider this

January 18th, 2010 → 2:22 pm @ // 5 Comments

I’m sure I’ll make a lot of my lawyer friends mad, but they can’t argue with facts.  And here’s one undeniable fact: sometimes people hire lawyers way too soon.  And it costs them a lot more money than it should.

Before I get too deeply into all of that, let’s get one thing out of the way right now – there are times when you absolutely must hire a lawyer.  For example, if you’ve been charged with a crime, are being sued, or expect immediate legal action on some issue you are involved with, seek the help of a lawyer.  You still might end up hiring a private investigator, too, but legal counsel is critical under certain circumstances and not hiring a lawyer when you need one could be a much more expensive mistake than hiring one too soon.

That said, there are a number of situations where you control the timing of when legal action might commence – issues such as child custody, divorce, or other legal situations where you need information before deciding a course of action.  In the business sector there are issues such as workers compensation, employee theft and fraud, etc., where you may expect to take legal action but you’re still gathering information.

There is a common thread in all of these situations: you need more information before deciding a course of action.

Now consider this – most lawyers charge in the neighborhood $200 per hour, while most private investigators charge $100 or less per hour, some charge much less depending on the type of work involved.  And to underscore the point, even after spending a few hours reviewing  a case, many lawyers either advise their clients to hire a private investigator, or hire one on the client’s behalf!

A smarter course of action in a lot of situations is to hire the private investigator first, who can build a complete case that you can then take to a lawyer to initiate legal action on your behalf.  Such a move could save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

As a Cincinnati private investigator working at Accelerated Solutions, I have personally handled dozens of cases and saved clients a small fortune.  And in a lot of cases, the client determined they didn’t need a lawyer after all.

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