benefit of counsel
Advice from an attorney. Typically used in the negative ("without benefit of counsel") to describe a situation in which a person was not advised by an attorney and therefore didn't appreciate the full import of his or her actions.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Working With a Lawyer

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

benefit of counsel
n.
   having the opportunity to have an attorney and legal advice in any legal matter, but particularly while appearing in court. If someone makes an appearance or agrees to a contract without benefit of counsel, when a lawyer would be either essential or at least quite valuable, he/she may challenge the court rulings or the contract terms, usually without success since failure to have an attorney is the person's own fault.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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