Choosing a Mackay Lawyer, Solicitor or Law Firm

As a popular and growing region, there are many new families and people now living in the Mackay region who need a Mackay lawyer*, solicitor or law firm for the first time. Choosing a lawyer to do the conveyancing to help you purchase a home, to advise you about starting a business or to prepare important documents like wills or enduring powers-of-attorney, can be a daunting and stressful process.

If you are needing a Mackay lawyer, solicitor or law firm you ought to seek the following characteristics:

Happy customers
For most people it’s almost 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 the same sort 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 provides several testimonials from previous or existing clients. If they have numerous testimonials it lets you know two things. First, that they have a lot 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 theirs is a service-oriented business.

Local Knowledge
A Mackay solicitor or lawyer should have a good local knowledge and experience in helping other people in the region. Look for firms that have worked on major local developments or firms with established conveyancing sections that will have developed a valuable amount of “inside knowledge” about the property market, local agents and banks which will make a big difference to the ease and efficiency of your transaction.

Breadth of Services
While most people only need a lawyer rarely, it is wise to find a Mackay solicitor, lawyer or law firm that can provide you with the full range of services without you needing to seek additional 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 that 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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