So, how do you find the right lawyer for you? Well, in my view, the first step is always to ask for a recommendation, whether it’s from a friend, a family member, colleague, a business person you trust or worst case, pick up the phone and call us. We can help you find the right lawyer to service your legal needs, whether that’s anything from a conveyance lawyer, all the way up to using us for a dispute.
Step two in finding the right lawyer is to conduct your own research. Fortunately, these days, law firms have a lot of content on the internet. So jump on their website. Their LinkedIn, their TikTok, Instagram, whatever social media profiles they have. By doing your own research. You need to satisfy yourself that this is a person that you wanna work with sometimes for a very long period of time, you’re ultimately gonna be paying them a decent amount of money to help you with your legal needs.
And if you’re not confident in the advice that you’re going to receive, and you actually don’t like the person don’t like their values, then you’re not necessarily gonna be able to work well with them. By getting as much information during the research process, you can help inform yourself for stage three, which we’ll talk about in a sec of interviewing your lawyer to ask the tough questions, stage four and get the right lawyer to do your job.
Well, this leads you to step three: The interview. Now as lawyers, we’re gonna be interviewing you as a client, because we wanna make sure that we can work with you and help you resolve your problem. It’s equally as important for you to be interviewing your lawyer. And one of the first steps is to make sure that you choose a lawyer who has the expertise you need.
That could be anything from a conveyancing lawyer to help you buy and purchase a residential property, a commercial lawyer, to help you set up a business or buy some commercial property commercial businesses or a dispute practitioner like us. Who will help you resolve disputes, a wrong decision can be exceptionally costly.
If you have interviewed them effectively and asked some key questions, particularly tough questions, which we’ll talk about in a second, you make sure you get the right legal expertise to help you with your legal needs.
So you think you’ve found a lawyer you might wanna work with? Well, step four, which occurs during the interview process, it’s to start to ask some tough questions. In particular, you should be asking some tough questions about legal fees. The first thing you wanna know is how they charge and why they charge that way. Now, ultimately some lawyers will charge you on a fixed fee basis. Others will do it in stages. Some will do on an hourly rate. Those discussions are a very important thing to have at the beginning. A) so you get comfortable discussing your legal fees with lawyers and asking what things are going to cost, but also so that you can start to plan for the future and work out what your entire legal journey gonna look like. Legal fees are not cheap. And having these tough discussions in the beginning, even if they’re very uncomfortable is an effective way to make sure that you are happy to work with the lawyer.
And if at any stage during the entirety of your engagement, you want to update on your costs. You want to understand something of your matter, make sure you reach out to your lawyer. Having these tough discussions is an essential way to keeping on track. But also making sure that you understand the entire process and what’s ahead of you.
Step five, engaging the right lawyer for you is to make sure that they are the right lawyer. Now that might mean not engaging the lawyers you’ve met with and starting from step one again, or in the middle of a matter changing lawyers because you’re not satisfied with the service or the lawyer’s not the right lawyer for you.
Ultimately, this is your hard-earned money and making sure that it works effectively for you, with someone you actually wanna work with is an essential step in the entire process.
By choosing the right lawyer, you will ultimately succeed in getting the result you desire in a cost-effective and easy-to-handle manner.