Many people view legal representation as an all-or-nothing proposition: either you cede control of your issue to an experienced professional or take care of it yourself. While both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses, there is a middle ground. Preparing a document by yourself (such as an uncontested divorce), and then having it reviewed by a lawyer can save you a significant amount of money in addition to having the peace of mind provided by a seasoned lawyer. This is called "unbundling" and it's increasingly being offered by attorneys across America.

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However, when in doubt, it is best to speak with a lawyer. Attorneys often offer free consultations, can explain your rights, and estimate the time and money you will spend working through your legal issue.

Please note that if you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, are facing a lawsuit, or have another serious legal issue, self-defense (sometimes called pro se representation) is a risky option; consulting with an attorney is highly recommended.

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