Five steps to deal with a legal problem

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Every legal problem is unique. So when you face one in your own life, there are plenty of factors to consider as you try to decide if and how to take it on. Things like the seriousness of the issue, and the motivations and means of the people involved, all figure in. Whether you’re hiring a legal professional to help, or going it alone, we walk you through the steps to tackle a legal problem.

Step 1. Be clear on your problem

Step 2. Do a gut check

Step 3. Know the law and the process

Step 4. Make contact

Step 5. Try formal steps

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

David Kandestin

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