Looking for a Good Wills and Estate Lawyer? What to Know
It’s challenging to find a good lawyer who specialises in the area where you require their expertise. Often, law firms’ websites have a short biographical note about each lawyer working for them. Independent lawyers might not even have a personal website! You would need to do a little research to see if the lawyer is a fit.
Apart from looking at years of experience in practicing and current specialties, you need a way to review this person’s education, experience, track record, availability, and rates. Here are a few other things to consider when hiring solicitors.
Have you had a conference with him or her?
An initial consultation or phone call will help you gauge if you have a rapport with this person. Speaking to each of your candidates is an easy way of narrowing down your list; if they sound knowledgeable, helpful, and ready to assist you, they might be who you need.
Conversely, if the person does not respond within 24 hours of getting your message, if they are curt and sound like they would rather be elsewhere, you might want to look for other options.
Don’t expect that the lawyer would answer everything about your firm, either. Present the basics of your case and ask general questions; your goal is only to feel out if this is the right person for the job.
Are they independent or part of a firm?
Working with an independent practitioner means you have a higher chance of getting the job done sooner. They are typically focused and attuned to their clients’ needs; since there is little to no overhead, they also have There are benefits to working with an independent practitioner. They tend to be highly focused and attuned to their clients’ needs.
Note, though, that large firms have advantages as well. In a large law firm, solicitors have plenty of resources on hand. They have access to an extensive library as well as an on-site staff ready to locate obscure precedents for their arguments. One possible disadvantage could be that hiring from a firm means getting the most junior lawyer in their roster.
What should you ask a lawyer during an interview?
Inquire about the lawyer’s experience. It’s not enough to have a good working relationship; you must ensure that you’re hiring someone who has the hard and soft skills needed to win a case.
Make sure you ask about their specialty. For instance, it would be helpful to know what types of wills and estate cases he has handled before if you’re looking for someone to help you settle a land dispute. If he is a generalist, he might not be as updated in the developments and best practices in cases like yours. Also, generalists would certainly not have the experience specialists have in court.
There are plenty of law firms offering specialised services in Australia. However, not all of them can deliver on their promises. You need to go beyond a firm’s website or corporate packet and speak with the people you’re hiring before committing to a contract.
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