For most things, taking the cheap option could cost you more in the long run. Legal work is no different. Making any type of claim on your own requires intensive research. You’d have to study federal and state laws surrounding the claim, the processes of what to do before your claim, and how to make your claim. Even if you do all that research and fill out the paperwork, it could be wrong. What is the point of doing it on your own for cheap if you have to hire a lawyer to fix it later anyway?