SD Bar Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people believe they need a lawyer's services only to solve a problem or to get out of a difficult situation. Often, the best time to see a lawyer is not when you are in legal trouble, but before that trouble occurs. Preventive legal work is one of the most valuable services a lawyer can perform. By eliminating potential problems, preventive legal work can save you time, money and needless worry.

Some of the circumstances which may require professional legal assistance are:
  • Buying or selling real estate.
  • Signing a lease or contract with major financial provisions.
  • Marriage, divorce or adoption.
  • When a lawsuit is brought against you, or when you want to bring a lawsuit.
  • If you are arrested or charged with a crime.
  • When starting a business.
  • Planning for the distribution of your property after your death.
  • When you have been injured, either on the job, or in an accident, or as the result of another person's negligence, or because of a defective or unsafe product.
  • When making an appearance, application or appeal to a government agency or board.
  • When planning a living will or durable power of attorney for health care.


These pamphlets are based on South Dakota law and is designed to inform, not to advise. No person should ever apply or interpret any law without the aid of an attorney who knows the facts and may be aware of any changes in the law.


Selecting A Lawyer

Non-governmental Assistance

Law and the Courts

Law and the Elderly

Law and Death

Tax Relief for the Elderly

Law and the Workplace

Law and Real Property

Law and Youth

Protection Orders

Client Security Fund



Lawyer Discipline