Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

As a popular town, there are many new residents living in the Mackay region who are choosing a Mackay lawyer or law firm for the first time. Choosing a lawyer to complete the conveyancing required to help you purchase a house or building, to give advice about starting a business or to prepare legal documents like wills or enduring powers-of-attorney, can be a baffling and stressful time.

When you are looking for a Mackay lawyer, solicitor or law firm you should consider looking for the following characteristics:

Happy Customers
For most individuals it is impossible to compare the quality of legal services that is provided by one Mackay solicitor/lawyer or another. Unless you are a regular user of a similar type of legal service you can’t really compare various law firms. Look for a Mackay solicitor that is proud of their past performance provides references from previous or existing clients. If they have quite a number of testimonials it tells you two things. Firstly, that they have plenty of happy clients and secondly, that they take time and go to the trouble to discover what clients think of their service. They understand that they are a service-oriented business.

Local knowledge
Any Mackay lawyer or solicitor should have good local knowledge and experience in aiding other people in the city. Look for firms that have worked on major local developments or firms with established conveyancing sections that have garnered a valuable source of “inside knowledge” about the property market, local agents and banks which can make all the difference to the ease and efficiency of your transaction.

Breadth of Services
Because most people only need a lawyer rarely, it is wise to find a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm that can provide a full range of services without having to find different providers. Finding a firm that can assist with your conveyancing, estate planning, disputes, business services and even workplace or employment issues, means you can stick with one firm that will meet all your legal requirements. Law firms value clients who use several services, and will often provide services more cheaply 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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