Help from Lawyers
For what kind of matters do Americans tend to see a lawyer?
In a recent study of Americans over the age of 18, researchers for the American Bar Association found almost half had used a lawyer in the past five years. The most common legal matters taken to lawyers involved
- real estate transactions (12%)
- drawing up a will (11%)
- as a party to a lawsuit (11%)
- divorce/separation (9%)
- probate/estate settlement matters (6%)
- child support/custody matter (5%)
- draw up an agreement/contact (5%)
Other fairly common matters requiring a lawyer’s help included traffic matters, insurance claims, bankruptcy, auto accidents, and being a complainant or defendant in a criminal proceeding.
Source: Perceptions of the U.S. Justice System (Chicago: American Bar Association, 1999).
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