Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

As a growing city, there are many new families and people now living in the Mackay region who need a Mackay lawyer or law firm for the first time. Finding a solicitor to complete the legal work to help you buy a home or building, to advise you about starting a business or to prepare legal documents such as wills or enduring powers-of-attorney, can be a daunting and stressful process.

When you are needing a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm you ought to consider looking for the following 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 are a regular user of a similar kind of legal service you are unlikely to be able to compare various law firms. But you can look for a Mackay lawyer who is proud of their past performance with generous use of references from previous clients. If they have plenty of testimonials it lets you know two things. First, that they have a lot of happy clients and secondly, that they are willing to take the time and go to the trouble to discover what clients think of their service. They are aware that they are a service-oriented business.

Local Knowledge
Your Mackay lawyer or solicitor ought to have a good local knowledge and demonstrated experience in assisting others in the region. Look for firms that have worked on local developments or firms with established conveyancing sections that will have built up a valuable amount of “inside knowledge” about the property market, local agents and banks which can 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 having to move around to other lawyers. Finding a firm that can provide conveyancing, estate planning, disputes, business services and even workplace or employment issues, means you can stick with the one firm that will meet all your legal requirements. Law firms value clients who use a range of services, and are often able to provide services more cheaply and efficiently when they have provided other services 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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