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To Have or Have Not:
Why Do I Need a Lawyer

Many people have e-mailed me asking if they need a lawyer to handle their divorce.

"We agree on everything," e-mails often say, "why do I need a lawyer?"
I have two thoughts on this: First, all
language used in legal documents has a certain meaning -- and that meaning might change, depending on how courts are interpreting statutes and other things, such as changes in the law.

It is very good if two divorcing people can reach an agreement as to TERMS, but each should have an attorney to draft or review documents so that they can be sure the documents are in proper form and actually say what the parties have agreed.

Also, there are local nuances for the
filling of divorces as well as require-
ments for the recording of deeds
and other related issues.

 

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