Thursday, January 7, 2010
FindLaw, Lawsuits, Estate Planning and Housing the Most Common Legal Issues:
One in five Americans faced a legal issue in the last year that could have involved hiring an attorney, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com, the most popular legal information Web site.
Twenty-two percent of American adults say they had a legal issue in the last year that potentially warranted hiring an attorney.
More than one out of every 10 Americans (12%) say they did hire a lawyer in the last year. Eleven percent said they could have hired a lawyer to handle their legal issue but elected not to. And 5% said they tackled the issue by representing themselves and appearing in court without a lawyer.
The most common legal issues faced by people in the last year were: *
- Lawsuit or civil law: 25%
- Estate planning or wills: 22%
- Housing: 20%
- Personal injury: 15%
- Traffic violation or DUI: 12%
- Bankruptcy or financial: 10%
- Criminal: 9%
- Employment: 8%
- Divorce: 7%
- Discrimination: 5%
- Other: 25%