But they seem to know the law, right? I mean, they quote a line from a specific statute. That must mean they know what they’re talking about. Not necessarily. The law isn’t that simple. It’s not just a matter of reading one line and applying it to your particular problem. That line must be read in context with the rest of the statute.
Unfortunately, this happens more often than it should. That is why it’s so important to seek the advice of a local attorney who knows the laws in your state if you have a legal concern. It’s certainly easier to look up the question online, but there is no way to guarantee you’re getting the right answer. And listening to someone who doesn’t know your complete situation, who doesn’t know what laws apply, and how to move a case forward through the court system can end up costing you more than a two-hour consultation with an attorney.
The internet is one of the greatest inventions, but it cannot take the place of a law degree. So unless you know you’re actually speaking with a lawyer online, reach out to an attorney in your area for advice. It’s one way to be sure you won’t regret using that advice.