Types of Attorneys and How They Can Help You

Do you have a legal issue or question, and don't know where to start? The law is infamously complex to interpret and understand, and is a constant source of controversy seen in news stories. For most, the thought of even approaching an attorney—or finding one—can be daunting.

What most people don’t know is that there are dozens of types of practicing lawyers. While all attorneys are licensed to practice law and provide legal services, the law is so vast that is impossible for a single lawyer to effectively practice across each different area. Much like doctors, lawyers specialize in specific sectors.

Here is a short list of the most common types of attorneys and what they can do for you.

Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you’ve suffered an accident, a slip and fall, or were injured by a defunctive product, a personal injury lawyer steps in to help you recover a large financial award to help treat the pain and suffering.

Criminal Defense Attorney

Rather self-explanatory, a criminal defense lawyer helps defend people accused of committing a crime. Most commonly, these sorts of attorneys handle DUI and drug cases, but will also handle small offenses such as shoplifting and major crimes such as murder and assault and battery.

Divorce Attorney

Separating from your partner can be an extremely stressful period in anyone’s life. Determining how to divide up personal affects, property, and money can magnify the emotional pain. A divorce lawyer is one element of family law that works to make your split go smoother.

Civil Attorney

In contrast to criminal cases, civil court has its own circuit of attorneys to represent you when you’re being sued or suing someone. Common civil cases include recouping alimony, defending your civil rights, settling debt, or addressing personal injury.

Wills & Estate Planning

Death is a difficult conversation to approach, but having a clearly planned will by an estate attorney works on your behalf to ensure the proper execution of your estate and property after you pass.


Perfect for small business owners—attorneys who specialize in contracts will help compose, negotiate, and enact legally recognized contracts.