Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

Because it is a popular and growing area, there are many new residents living in the Mackay region that need to choose a Mackay lawyer*, solicitor or law firm for the first time. Finding a solicitor to complete the legal work required to enable you to buy a home, to give advice about starting a business or to prepare legal documents like wills or enduring powers-of-attorney, can be a intimidating and worrying time.

When you are trying to choose a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm you should consider looking for these characteristics:

Satisfied customers
For most people it’s impossible to compare the quality of legal services that is provided by one Mackay solicitor/lawyer or another. Unless you regularly use a similar kind of legal service you can’t really compare various law firms. But you can look for a Mackay solicitor that is proud of their past performance provides references from previous or existing clients. If they provide plenty of testimonials it lets you know two things. Firstly, that they have numerous happy clients and secondly, that they take the time and trouble to discover what their clients think of their service. They understand that theirs is a service-oriented business.

Local knowledge
Any Mackay solicitor or lawyer should have a good local knowledge and demonstrated experience in aiding others in the area. Find out if the firm has worked on local developments or firms with established conveyancing specialists who have developed a valuable amount of “inside knowledge” about the property market, local agents and banks that will make a huge difference to the ease and efficiency of your transaction.

Breadth of services
Because most people only need a lawyer rarely, there is value in choosing a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm which can provide a full range of services without you having to find different lawyers. Finding a firm that can assist with your conveyancing, estate planning, disputes, business services and even workplace or employment issues, means you can be confident that one firm that will meet all your legal needs. Law firms value clients that use a range of services, and will often provide services more cheaply and efficiently if they have provided 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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