Many people who have never experienced working with a lawyer often think that Oakland County lawyers are people to call when they are in trouble or when something has gone wrong. In many ways, this assumption is correct. Depending on their area of expertise, lawyers might help someone accused of a crime, or someone who is being sued for one reason or another, or someone involved in a messy divorce or custody battle. But these are just a few situations where hiring an attorney is recommended. A good lawyer can often work with clients to anticipate possible bumps in their path and help them make provisions to protect themselves before anything bad can happen. Here's a few examples.
Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements
When a couple get's married it's nice to think that they are going to live happily ever after, but life isn't a fairytale, and couples only need to look at divorce statistics to realize this. For many "till death do us part" has become a strong hope rather than an expectation. These people will often work with Oakland County lawyers to set up a prenuptial agreement before they say their vows or early in their marriage when conflict is limited. These agreements not only provide financial reassurance to both parties, but it can also shed light on what each person expects from the marriage. In some cases issues are presented that may not have come to light if the couple had not sought out that arrangement, and they are able to be addressed and resolved in the protected environment of their lawyer's office.
Just like a marriage, people who are in business with one another need to know what to expect. This applies whether there are partners who are starting a new business, or if a business hires a new employee, or if two businesses are about to begin or change their working relationship. Having written contracts drawn up by Oakland County lawyers prevents many "he-said, she said" situations from occurring, and if problems still happen those contracts provide a clear look at what the participants agreed to in the first place.
Estate Planning and Probate
Many people don't like to think about what will happen to their assets when they die, or what might happen if they find themselves in very sick and living with tremendous pain or if their life becomes severely limited and dependent on machines. Oakland County lawyers can help people address these potential, and sometimes inevitable situations by drawing up wills, living wills, trusts, or agreements over who would take over medical or financial power of attorney if they were to one day become incapable of making these decisions on their own. By making these decisions while of "sound mind" it prevents the wrong people from trying to step into these roles and possibly abusing them.