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When to Call an Attorney

One of the main characters in AMC’s award winning TV series, Breaking Bad, was a criminal defense attorney named Saul Goodman. The great thing about Saul’s character was that he had such a personal relationship with his clients, and they were calling him almost daily to defend them in their cases. You would think Saul had his Bluetooth headset permanently sewn to his ear. Saul was known for having the right information and the right connections to serve his clients best, and his slogan, “Better Call Saul!” encourages his clients to call him any time of day or night –and they definitely took advantage of that. So when should you call an attorney?

Criminal Cases: DUI, Drug Possession, Robbery, Battery, Larceny, Fraud, etc.

Especially if a criminal accusation is involved, your attorney should be the first person that you call. It is important for you to be represented immediately in criminal cases, because your words and actions “can and will be held against you” as soon as you are arrested. Because attorneys have been trained and experienced in the legal system, their counsel is the best way to ensure that you are being treated fairly and constitutionally.

Deaths in the Family

Hopefully, your passed loved one will have already established an estate plan. Either way, calling an attorney immediately after a death will keep you from suffering tax penalties or other personal liabilities. Because a death is a tragic and emotional time, calling your attorney as soon as possible will relieve the burden of figuring out legalities while you mourn.

Suffering Bodily Harm

Under Colorado state personal injury laws, you may be entitled to compensation if you are hurt as a result of another person or company’s negligent, reckless or deliberate actions. Personal injury lawyers work with the victims of all kinds of accidents. You should also hire a personal injury attorney if you’ve been injured as a result of medical malpractice, a defective product, nursing home abuse, or a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property. Your personal injury law firm can help you collect money to pay for medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injury-related expenses.

Civil Disputes

Whether you’re having a legal dispute with your neighbors, your landlord, or a company that failed to deliver what it promised, hiring an experienced civil litigation attorney will keep you from being taken advantage of.

If you have experienced any of these situations, call us today for a free consultation at our Colorado Springs office. Our firm is prepared to help defend your rights, integrity, and livelihood.

What Does “Attorney” Mean?


Someone sent me this question:

Why do we say “attorney at law”? Can you be an attorney at anything else?

Here is my reply:

The English word “attorney” comes from an Old French word that means, “to transfer.” In its most general sense, the term means an agent, substitute, or representative.

For example, under a written power of attorney, the person signing the document, referred to as the principal, transfers his or her right to act to another person. The person receiving this transfer is called the “attorney-in-fact.” So yes, you can be an attorney at something other than law. An attorney-in-fact can conduct banking transactions, commercial transactions, or engage in other financial matters on behalf of the principal that do not necessarily require the attorney to be trained in the law.

Through the years, however, the most common situation in which one person appoints another to represent him or her is in legal matters–especially in court. Hence, the general term attorney is often thought to be synonymous with attorney-at-law. However, the literal meaning is simply one who acts on behalf of another, an agent, a substitute, or a representative.

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