When you find yourself in need of legal services, hiring a lawyer may seem like a daunting task. Who can you trust? Who will truly care about your case? Which one can you afford? And — the big question — is hiring a lawyer worth the cost?
My father used to tell me a version of this story on a regular basis:
An engineer retired from a company and a few weeks later the Big Machine broke down, which was essential to the company’s revenue. The Manager couldn’t get the machine to work again so the company called in the engineer as an independent consultant.
The engineer agrees. He walks into the factory, takes a look at the Big Machine, grabs a sledge hammer, and whacks the machine once whereupon the machine starts right up. The engineer leaves and the company is making money again.
Manager receives a bill the next day from the engineer for $5,000. Manager is furious at the price and refuses to pay. The engineer assures him that it’s a fair price. Manager retorts that if it’s a fair price the engineer won’t mind itemizing the bill. Engineer agrees that this is a fair request and complies.
The new, itemized bill reads:
Hitting the machine with a hammer: $5
Knowing where to hit the machine with a hammer: $4,995
Just like the Manager who couldn’t get the machine to work, sometimes you must call in a professional in order to get the job done correctly. There are many times that doing-it-yourself is not your best choice. You might be able to find a form online for a few bucks, but what if that form is not valid in Indiana? What if that form does not actually accomplish your goal? Worse, what if that form actually creates more problems than it solves?
Here at Foley Peden & Wisco, we do charge for our expertise and advice, but our initial case evaluations are free. Besides, we are a small-town firm and our lawyers are as comfortable at your kitchen table as they are at any conference table. We know money doesn’t grow on trees, and we don’t want you to have sticker shock. So, while we can’t work for free, we will work with you to meet your goals, and we will keep your bottom line in mind while we do it.
When you need legal help and want a pro, hiring a lawyer is worth it. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.