Think about it, you’re working long hours. You’re tired and have a thousand things on your mind. You’re driving home when you see the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. The next thing you know you’re holding a traffic citation. “I don’t have time for this” you mumble as you drive away, because you know you’ll likely have to take off work and go to court to take care the ticket. The stress you were experiencing before you were stopped just rose a few notches. Then you remember, I can call “my lawyer friend” to take care of this! You hit your lawyer’s number on speed dial and soon you have one less worry to deal with.
Contracts and Agreements
Or, maybe you want to spruce up your yard with landscaping. You call a landscape company your cousin recommended. They come to your house and give you an estimate for the work. There’s a lot of fine print on the estimate that makes you feel uncomfortable. No worries though, you tell the landscape contractor “I’m going to have ‘my lawyer friend’ take a look at the estimate before I make a decision.” You feel better knowing you have ready access to a lawyer whenever you need it.
Copyright and Trademark
You’re a songwriter with a notebook full of compositions. A musician friend told you an “easy” way to copyright your creations. You’ve put your heart and soul into your songs and you’re not sure your friend knows what they’re talking about. “Thanks for the suggestion”, you tell them, “but I think I’m going to run that by ‘my lawyer friend’ just to be certain.” You send your lawyer an email asking about copyright law and within a few hours you receive a response explaining the copyright process and legal considerations. You’re really happy you had your own lawyer to help protect your work.
Jail Release and Criminal Matters
It’s 2 AM. You receive the dreaded phone call from the jail. Your family member or friend has been arrested. What now?! Many people would have to start calling people for referrals, or search the internet to try to find a lawyer or bail bonds person to see about having your loved one released. It might take hours or even days to navigate the system. Not you though. You tell your loved one in jail “I’m going to call ‘my lawyer friend’ to see what needs to be done.” Soon you have the information you need.
Organization Creation, Development, and Management
You’ve always wanted to start your own business or create a non-profit organization to meet a societal need, but you don’t know where to start. You try to use one of those do-it-yourself online services, but they use legalese you don’t understand and there’s no one who can quickly address your questions and concerns. No worries, though, because you have a lawyer friend you can contact to walk you through the creation of your organization and take care of whatever you either don’t want to, or can’t, take care of. You also need help writing the by-laws for your organization, filing for tax exempt status, and deciding how you want the governance of your organization to be structured. Your lawyer friend can guide you through those issues and act as legal counsel for your organization’s structure, systems, and cultural matters.
Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney
You just found out a friend’s family member died after a lengthy illness and they didn’t have a Will or Medical Power of Attorney. Now the family is having to deal with the stress of settling their loved one’s estate when everyone is claiming to have been their favorite. Then you realize you don’t have a Will either! No worries, though, you just send an email to your lawyer friend and they guide you through the process of deciding who you’d like to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated, and how you’d like your things to be shared among your loved ones when you pass away.