The thought of any kind of legal work sends chills up the spine of the average
person. If it seems as though lawyers have their fingers in every single pie,
it is because they do! Whether you are trying to buy a condo, get a
divorce, or start a business, you will have to consult a lawyer. And using the
services of these individuals can cost you a lot of money!
Fortunately, there are some ways which will help you cut down the legal costs
in almost any situation that requires a lawyer. Software is the layman's
way of balancing the scales out a little bit so that you do not have to find
a lawyer for every single need you have. While in the end you will have to use
a lawyer to formalize everything, most of the work for many types of cases can
be done on your own computer.
Of course, you will need the right kind of software to help you carry out whatever
operation you are working on, and not every legal issue comes with an instruction booklet. For example, if you want to file a law suit, you have no option but through the use of a lawyer. Of course, the lawyer might
use software to keep track of the clients and numbers pertaining to the case,
but in order to actually file the individual is on his or her own. The same
is true for most high profile legal situations.
However, most uses of attorneys are low profile processes which most of us
will go through at some point in our lives. These are the ones where a software
program can really save you time and money. If you want to prepare a legal will,
for example, you can fill out all the forms and documents on your computer,
using a software suite. You won't have to figure out what the different
statements are saying either; you will often be prompted with questions that
are easy to answer.
A slightly more unusual case is the patenting of ideas and inventions. Inventors
want to protect their ideas, but it can be hard to come up with the cash to
do so. If you are an inventor who has come up with a new product design (as an example) you can cut down legal costs by filing on your own. There
are several software programs both online and off which can be used to file
your patent application, without the need to consult any lawyers.
Software can also help you navigate tricky legal tax issues. As most people
are aware, filing an incorrect tax return is a very bad thing. Most of us don't
know what we can claim and what we can't in a personal or business situation.
Different software programs can help you avoid future legal issues by explaining
what items, such as the research and development credit, is on your tax return,
and if you qualify.
Almost all legal software has been put together by attorneys no different than
your average lawyer, with a bit of entrepreneurial blood
in the veins. If it's on the market, chances are very good that it is
safe to use and the results will hold up as well as if you used the services
of a lawyer to achieve them in the first place.
Of course, there will be a time when you are better off speaking with a law firm directly. In that instance, we would suggest you contact Scarfone Hawkins LLP from Hamilton Ontario.