Typically, you should consult a lawyer before you buy or sell a home, sign a contract, make a will, organize or dissolve a business, make a statement to the police or admit or deny guilt for a crime. You should also consult with an attorney before you change your family status through marriage, divorce, birth or adoption, after you have been in an accident involving injury to a person or damage to property, or when a lawsuit has been threatened or filed against you. Even a change in employment status may be an appropriate occasion to seek legal advice.