2. You're pressured to sign papers that you don't understand or haven't had an opportunity to read completely. Always take your time to read documents. Don't do business with a company that discourages you from reading everything thoroughly. As a rule of thumb, consider legal assistance if you need help interpreting complicated forms. Never rush through important documents. "I think people need lawyers. And I hope attorneys will volunteer or take more cases and represent people in mediations and foreclosures because when people are represented I think they do much better, says Taitano.