Long Story Short…

I am a lawyer. I love to take money from people and work their cases for them; it’s how I support myself and my family.

There is a problem, though; Not every person with a legal issue needs a lawyer. Shocking, I know. What a lot of people need, it seems, is about a 10-15 minute conversation to help them discover that they can often handle their matter on their own. Another common occurrence is that even if the client has a perfectly good case, there is simply not enough money in it. For instance, it most often isn’t worth it for a client to pay me $750 to go try to save them $125 on a speeding ticket. It often isn’t worth it for a landlord to have me handle their eviction only to get them a “worthless” judgment for back rent against a broke tenant.

As much as it pains me, as a lawyer, to say this, but the practical realities of life often mean that someone doesn’t need to hire a lawyer. No need to spend a dollar to collect 99 cents.

So, hence this website; The Legal Layman. My goal here is to randomly post non-lawyerly advice for people with legal questions. If I can provide a little education to the general public, maybe it will help “pre-screen” some cases for me, I don’t know. At any rate, I try to keep tabs on common issues I come across during consultations which seem to be cases which might not require a lawyer.

At any rate, let me go through the general disclaimers, which I’m sure I’ll reiterate often:

I am a practicing attorney in the State of Georgia. I do not pretend to know anything about any laws in any other state. Further, I don’t know you, and I’m not your lawyer. If you would like to hire me, Great! Simply visit my firm’s website at kimandbagwell.com, send me a message, and we’ll discuss how/whether to make that happen. Until I agree to let you hire me, though, take any information you see here as a confidence builder and as a starting point for your own research. If your case goes beyond what I talk about here, by all means, consult a lawyer directly. The bottom line is this I’M NOT GIVING YOU DIRECT ADVICE, AND YOU’RE NOT MY CLIENT! There, I feel better now.

In the meantime, please leave comments and let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see discussed. I’m sure this site won’t be updated as often as I’d like (I do have a day-job, you know.), but I’ll try not to lag too much.


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