Why do you need a lawyer?


Author: Y. A. Scheglov, senior managing partner of the Law firm “Scheglov and Partners”
Date of publication: June, 2004
Date of update: 22 of November, 2013

Although I`m in jurisprudence since 1979, I started to provide legal services as a lawyer since 1990. Since then, having a random acquaintance with people I noticed one peculiarity: taking my business card, they invariably exclaim: "God forbid, if you need a lawyer!" Some of them doubtfully pronounced: "Why do I need a lawyer, I'm not a criminal". At such moments, I realize that in the view of most of the people the lawyer is the one to whose services are accessed only in the most painful moments of life. And some people still believe that only criminals need the lawyers.

Meanwhile, a lawyer may be necessary to everyone in ordinary everyday situations. For example, the preparation of the marriage contract, support the purchase of an apartment or other real estate, including foreign, legal support for land purchase, check the legal purity of the purchased object, creating or buying a business, study the investment contract, recognition of ownership for the apartment in the new building, registration of copyright ...
Foreigners arriving in Russia may need help of migration lawyer in obtaining permission to work in Russia or for temporary residence in the Russian Federation, residence in Russia, Russian citizenship or service family or business lawyer ...

Entrepreneurs and organizations often need a lawyer services in such areas as: separation of the share in the joint business, offshore, legal assistance in arbitration courts on land matters, debt collection, in the cases about the implementation of contract obligations to protect the goodwill and in many other situations ...

Although, of course, we have to accept that the majority of our citizens have recourse to legal aid in really critical moments of life. Unfortunately, up to now we have no practice to get the advice of the counsel before taking any meaningful action. Usually our people are waiting a clap of thunder. And then one legal advice is not enough to resolve the dispute, and the situation requires the services of a good trial lawyer.

This is evidenced by the typical cases of our judicial practice of law, such as: compensation for damage in case of accident, the recovery of damages caused by the flooding of an apartment, recognition of ownership for the apartment in a new building, restoration of the period for acceptance of inheritance, divorce and property division, separation the share of joint business, protection of honor and dignity, dispute with the insurance company, impugnment of paternity, annuity contract disputes, establishing the fact of accepting the inheritance, the protection of investors' rights according to the contracts of share construction, the protection of housing rights, impugnment of illegal dismissal ...

And what can we say about the need of legal assistance of an experienced defense counsel in criminal cases? The folk wisdom is really right: “Don`t forswear of the prison and of the funds”….

I hope that now you (who honored by attention this article) will understand that the assistance of counsel may need not only to those who committed the crime, but also to any of you, law-abiding citizens.
However, to list all the situations when you might need the assistance of counsel is simply unrealistic: we seek a resolution of such situations, which you cannot imagine even specifically. And we will solve them. We are the lawyers.