Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

As a popular city, there are many new residents in the Mackay region that require the services of a Mackay lawyer or law firm for the first time. Choosing a law firm to complete the legal work required to help you buy a home or building, to advise you about starting a business or to prepare legal documents like wills or enduring powers-of-attorney, can be a intimidating and stressful process.

When you are needing a Mackay lawyer, solicitor or law firm you should seek these characteristics:

Satisfied Customers
For most individuals it’s impossible to compare the quality of legal services provided by one Mackay solicitor/lawyer or another. Unless you regularly use a similar type of legal service you are unlikely to be able to compare various law firms. But you can look for a Mackay solicitor that is proud of their past performance with generous use of references from previous clients. If they have quite a number of testimonials it lets you know two things. Firstly, that they have plenty of satisfied clients and secondly, that they take the time and trouble to find out what their clients think of their service. They understand that theirs is a service-oriented business.

Local knowledge
Your Mackay solicitor or lawyer ought to have a good local knowledge and demonstrated experience in aiding other people in the city. Find out if the firm has worked on local developments or firms with established conveyancing sections that have developed a valuable source of “inside knowledge” about the property market, local agents and banks that will make a big difference to the ease and efficiency of your transaction.

Breadth of services
While most people only need a lawyer rarely, there is value in choosing a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm that can provide a full range of services without you needing to move around to alternate providers. Finding a firm that can provide conveyancing, estate planning, disputes, business services and even workplace or employment issues, means you can rely on the one firm to meet all your legal needs. Law firms value clients who use a range of services, and will often provide those services more cheaply and efficiently if they have done other work for you in the past.

*In Queensland a person with legal qualifications was traditionally referred to as a solicitor while a person who “had standing” to represent you in court was called a barrister. More recently the general term lawyer has become more widespread and can be used to describe either of these types of legal practitioner. In some other states of Australia the conveyancing process (the legal process required to transfer ownership of house) can be undertaken by licenced conveyancers. This is not the case in Queensland where conveyancing must be undertaken by a solicitor/lawyer.

John Gray is a practising solicitor and marketing consultant who has worked with leading Mackay law firms. If you need a Mackay solicitor or Mackay lawyer contact John Gray for a recommendation.

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