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Why do people hire a lawyer when they win the lottery?

Asked by NaturalMineralWater (11257 points ) October 28th, 2009

Why do they do it?

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buckyboy28's avatar

My guess would be the large amounts of paperwork that need to be signed. Also, there are a lot of stipulations that go along with lottery winnings such as the winnings divided up over a certain period of time and who the money goes to if you die within that period of time.

trumi's avatar

Those bricks aren’t gonna lay themselves, that’s why.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I just didn’t think it was all that complicated. Why pay for a lawyer and waste money? Is there really that much paperwork for it? I suppose I’m just naive to retarded legal process.

trumi's avatar

If you win the lottery TONS of people are going to come asking for your money. Furthermore, you can have your lawyer claim the prize for you so your name is not used, thereby negating the publicity.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@trumi How is it that it becomes publicized so easily? Hmm.. I guess it’s good for the lottery if it gets publicized so…. It just never ceases to amaze me how complicated we are willing to make things because of the general lack of self control.

Cooldil17's avatar

People tend to wait a little bit after the lottery, most people will try and claim the week after so they can avoid the press. But a lawyer is most deff not a waste, if you really don’t read the fine print you could be screwing yourself with time tables, and all different fees and such.

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