Everyone makes mistakes because no one is perfect. Most mistakes can be corrected. But there are some mistakes that can be fatal, especially when it comes to the handling of legal matters. Here are five common fatal legal mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Not Responding To A Letter of demand
If someone serves you with a letter of demand (a formal legal document that describes legal and factual allegations made by one party against another party), you are required by law to respond to it within a certain period of time. Failing to respond is fatal because someone can ultimately obtain a judgment against you, which leads into the next fatal legal mistake people make.
Allowing A Judgment To Be Entered Against You.
Allowing a judgment to be entered against you can occur for reasons stated in #1 above, by losing a case, or by failing to take the appropriate actions in a case. Once a judgment is entered against you, your valuable possessions such as your home, your business, money in your bank accounts, and even your hard-earned wages are at risk of being taking from you.
Not Having An Attorney When The Other Party Does.
Most do-it-yourselfers believe they can win a case against the other party or handle a legal matter without having an attorney, even when the other party has an attorney. Whether its arrogance or ignorance, most do-it-yourselfers end up learning the hard way that the legal system is complex and merciless.
Signing A Contract Without Understanding It.
Signing a binding legal document such as an apartment lease or an employee contract without understanding the terms in the documents can be fatal. Unfortunately, the consequences of signing a contract are often unknown until an event occurs, such as when a landlord fails to make maintenance repairs to your apartment or your supervisor threatens to fire you. But by that time it is often too late.
Not Having A Written Contract At All.
Perhaps worse than signing a contract without understanding it is not having a written contract at all. The truth of the matter is that people say one thing and do another. Additionally, if a dispute arises out of a verbal agreement, it is hard for a judge to determine what the parties actually agreed to and who is right and wrong. At the very least, a written contract can help the parties clearly understand what their rights and duties are. For these reasons, it is better to avoid the verbal agreements as much as possible and enter into a written contract.
You can easily avoid these fatal legal mistakes by getting the right legal help. By speaking with and hiring the right attorney, you put yourself in a better position to have your legal matters handled properly and mistakes eliminated.
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