The Perils of Procrastination

When faced with a problem many of us still subscribe to the idea that instead of tacking the problem head on, we should sleep on it or think it over. This is fine as long as thinking it over involves taking the time to really think about the problem, and not avoiding the problem. There is a big difference between taking the time to analyze the problem to try to find the best solution and not make any important decision on a spur of a moment, and just taking the time or procrastinating.

Frequently it may seem that if we just ignore the problem it will go away. At best this is a temporary solution, if a solution at all. More often than not, however, ignoring the problem will not make it go away, but it will make it worse. This is particularly true in dealing with the legal problem.  The best way to deal with any legal situation is to be proactive.

Contact an attorney before you are due in court, not on the day you are to go to court! Even if you can find an attorney willing to represent you on such a short notice, the attorney may not be able to prepare adequately and your representation may suffer.

Follow the deadlines when filing/answering any type of legal documents (complaints)! Missing deadlines in cases with statutes of limitations can prevent you from pursuing legal action; and if you do not file the answer by the deadline, the judge may enter a default judgment against you.

Above all, do not miss your court day!!! If you miss your court date, whether it’s for a traffic ticket, or a more serious crime, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you get pulled over, stopped, arrested for any other reason, or have a run in with the police, you will be picked up and taken to jail.

Even when the legal matter does not appear to be urgent, take care of it! Here is an example why procrastination does not pay – earlier this year a 29-year-old single mother from Idaho, won a $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. Despite her long-term estrangement from her husband, she had never divorced or legally separated from him, thus potentially entitling him under state law to a share of her winnings.

About teperlaw

I am an attorney practicing family law, immigration and wills and estate planning. You can find out more about me and my firm by visiting my website at: 106 W. Franklin Ave. Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 737-3030
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