Lawyers can represent you in court so that you don't accidentally incriminate yourself or tell that embarrassing story about the time you fell off a ferris wheel. Here are some situations when it'd be prudent to call up a lawyer:
A bunch of the neighborhood kids fell into the sandpit on your property. No one was hurt, but their parents are angry about all the sand that got in their cars.
You found a bunch of buried treasure on the boundary line between your property and your neighbor's, but you also found a buried skeleton. You need to know if you'll be held responsible for that burdensome treasure if you take the cool skeleton.
You let your dog drive your car and something terrible happened—he was great at it and wants to start his own taxi service. A lawyer can protect your dog's dream of becoming the town's first taxi driver.