Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

As a popular and growing city, there are many new families and people living in the Mackay region that require the services of a Mackay lawyer*, solicitor or law firm for the first time. Finding a law firm to complete the conveyancing required to enable you to buy a house 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 time.

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

Satisfied Customers
For most individuals it is almost 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 won’t really be able to compare different law firms. But you can look for a Mackay solicitor that is proud of their past performance provides testimonials from previous or existing clients. If they provide quite a number of testimonials it lets you know two things. First, that they have a lot of satisfied clients and secondly, that they take the time and go to the trouble to discover what clients think of their service. They understand that theirs is a service-oriented business.

Local Knowledge
A Mackay solicitor or lawyer should have good local knowledge and demonstrated experience in helping other people in the area. Look for firms that have worked on local developments or firms with established conveyancing specialists who will have garnered a valuable amount of “inside knowledge” about the property market, local agents and banks that will make a big difference to the way your transaction will be dealt with.

Breadth of Services
Because most people only need a lawyer occasionally, there is value in choosing a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm which can provide a full range of services without 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 stick with one firm that will meet all your legal needs. Law firms value clients that use several services, and will often provide those services more cheaply when 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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