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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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