How do I find a good lawyer?
There are a few things you need to be aware of when you are looking for an appropriate order to help you deal with your legal problem. Lawyers often have specialities, like any other profession and if you can find a lawyer who has experienced in the type of matter that you were dealing with the likelihood that you will get a good service is much higher than if you simply use a lawyer in a general sense. Some of the specialities of lawyers can include topic areas such as property law which is usually attributed to lawyers and experts in conveyancing or transfer of property whether at a residential level, at a commercial level, of industrial property, of strata property, of units, of houses or of any other type of property which has a specific set of regulations and rules and processes around the transactions or this type of property. Another speciality, for example, is criminal law and lawyers who specialise in criminal law will usually only deal with criminal cases and mostly on the defence side of criminal cases because government lawyers generally conduct prosecutions. Another type of speciality is taxation law, because the taxation law is extremely complicated and requires a highly specialised lawyer to accurately interpret and understand the taxation system and the rules and regulations which surround it.
Yet another specialty is family will, lawyers with the speciality only deal with a law-related family which may involve filing divorce papers, conducting divorce settlements, drafting binding financial agreements and advising clients on the implications and effect, seeking parenting orders from the family Court of Australia and any other tasks which are related to family law. The scope and breadth of all the specialities means it is very difficult for one individual to have all the knowledge which relates to a particular area let alone be copied in a number of areas. For this reason it is often necessary to seek out the advice of a specialist in a particular area.
Some of the questions you should always raise with a lawyer include whether or not they have the appropriate expertise to conduct your matter, if they can give you an estimate of costs, how much money they would expect upfront to begin working on the matter, and what the expected outcome of the matter is. The issues of competency and costs dominate all of the disputes which lawyers and clients get into when the lawyer client relationship becomes sour. So if you can screen out these problems before they occur it is always to your advantage. If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers, we have lawyers available online to chat with you or you can post your legal query to the contact form to the right, or you can post your question to a lawyer in question box below. We would be more than happy to hear from you and our lawyers truly value their relationships with clients, we pride ourselves on this trait in our lawyers.