Don't get me wrong I love my family but when I need professional advice, they are the last people I go to. In their eyes I am always right and their opinions are slightly biased and in my favor. This is a great ego boost however is not always to my benefit and the information given would definitely not hold up in a court of law.
Within a three year period close to 12 million Canadians experience at least one everyday legal problem that they consider serious. Everyday legal problems forerunners are things like consumer issues, debt and employment problems and are followed closely by neighbor issues, discrimination and family problems. Right now in our country more than 60% of Canadians look for legal advice from their family and friends. Can you believe that number? That is more than any other service option used at the moment - even the internet is just over 30% of searches for legal help. I was shocked reading these stats and I hope that you are as well. There are options out there for people to take advantage of - its just a matter of knowing what is available and works with your needs. Friends and family are awesome for so many things, however legal advice - unless they happen to be a lawyer - is not one of them.
We all know that time is money - legal problems that continue on for longer than needed cost everyone money and can also carry over to all other aspects of your life. This in turn can lead to stress, financial struggle and mental health issues. If you can try to mitigate the problem and save yourself, why not get in front of these issues?
Any stats that have been used in this little blog can be found at Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada - Overview Report.pdf (cfcj-fcjc.org)
Until next time...