Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

As a popular and growing town, there are many new residents now living in the Mackay region that need a Mackay solicitor* or law firm for the first time. Choosing a solicitor to do the legal work required to help you purchase 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 baffling and stressful time.

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

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 can’t really compare various law firms. Look for a Mackay solicitor that is proud of their past performance and offers a number of references from previous clients. If they have numerous testimonials it tells you two things. First, that they have a lot of satisfied 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 understand that they are a service-oriented business.

Local Knowledge
Any Mackay solicitor or lawyer should have good local knowledge and experience in assisting others in the town. Find out if the firm has 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 which can make all the difference to the way your transaction will be dealt with.

Breadth of Services
Because you will only need a lawyer rarely, it is wise to choose a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm that can provide the full range of services without you needing to seek additional providers. Finding a firm that can assist with your conveyancing, estate planning, disputes, business services and even workplace or employment issues, means you can rely on one firm which will meet all your legal requirements. Law firms value clients that use a range of services, and are often able to 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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