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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Professional Legal Assistance?

To protect the public, the law says only lawyers may give legal advice. A non-lawyer may be partially trained in some specific areas, but he or she does not have the necessary legal training to competently represent you. Your lawyer’s license to practice, granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court, is your assurance he or she […]

How Should I Choose a Lawyer?

Selecting a lawyer is a personal matter, much like selecting a family physician or other professional. You may wish to ask a friend, relative, or employer to recommend someone they know and trust. The lawyer you select should be experienced, trustworthy, and respected within the legal community.

When Should I Consult a Lawyer?

In many instances, the best time to see a lawyer is not when you are in legal trouble, but before trouble occurs. Never think of a lawyer as a “last resort.” Preventive law is one of the most valuable services a lawyer can perform for you. Like preventive medicine, it can eliminate potential problems and […]

What Should I Do If I Am Charged with a Crime?

If you are charged with a crime, call your lawyer at the earliest opportunity after being arrested, and make no statements of any kind until you have received legal advice. Our American system of justice rests on the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.” It insists on appointment of legal counsel for persons accused of […]

What Should I expect When I Hire an Attorney?

You are hiring an attorney to work for you as your advocate. You should expect your lawyer to: Confer with you to pinpoint the problem Research and analyze all available facts and information relating to your problem Interview those involved Prepare legal arguments for presentation in court, if litigation is involved Negotiate a settlement if […]

What Will My Attorney Expect of Me?

Your lawyer will expect you to: Be completely honest about all facts concerning your case, whether or not they are favorable to you Be on time for appointments and not take up excessive time with visits or phone calls relating to minor details Carefully consider his or her advice. Be patient and understand that legal […]

Can I Change Attorneys?

You may discharge your attorney simply by informing him or her of your wishes. Giving notice is a matter of courtesy and may be necessary so if a lawsuit has been filed the attorney may ask the court for permission to withdraw. Even if you discharge your attorney, you are still obligated to pay for […]

Can I Handle My Own Legal Matters?

Occasionally do-it-yourself “kits” are offered for sale to obtain a divorce, make a will, declare bankruptcy, form a corporation or write a contract. It is not illegal to use these for your own legal affairs; however, be prepared to accept the consequences of such action should difficulties arise. It is illegal for any person who […]