Common Types of Attorneys You May Need Throughout Life

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Hiring an attorney isn't a regular occurrence for many people. But as former "first brother" Billy Carter once said, "Sometimes even lawyers need lawyers." Here are some of the most common types of attorneys you may need for those unexpected circumstances in your life. 

Criminal defense -- If you find yourself under arrest for anything from misdemeanors to felonies, a criminal defense attorney is the first person you'll probably want to call. He or she can help you navigate the often complex and confusing world of the criminal justice system. 

Personal Injury -- A personal injury attorney should be your attorney of choice after an event that results in injury or even death. These may include car or bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, defective product malfunctions, slip-and-fall incidents and other situations caused by someone else's negligence. 

Family/Divorce -- The role of divorce lawyers is pretty straightforward. Family lawyers have a broader scope and can assist with everything from adoption, child custody arrangements and child support issues to prenuptial agreements and divorce.

Bankruptcy -- Burdened by overwhelming debt? A bankruptcy attorney may be able to help. There are three common types of bankruptcy: Chapter 7Chapter 11 and Chapter 13. The right attorney can help you decide which path is optimal for your situation, as well as how to file for bankruptcy. 

Employment/Labor -- If you think you've been wrongfully terminated, an employment lawyer may be a good person to talk to about your situation. Labor and employment attorneys can also assist small business owners with compliance of applicable federal and state laws.