Finding the perfect lawyer who specialises in the exact area you need assistance with can be quite the challenge. Let’s face it: browsing through law firms websites can feel confusing. But fret not… We’ve got you covered at GLG Legal Springfield. Here are a few essential factors to consider when searching for and hiring a great solicitor who will exceed your expectations.
Have you had a conference with a solicitor?
An initial consultation or phone call will help you gauge if you have a rapport with this person. Initially, 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. 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 (or another reasonable time-frame, considering public holidays and weekends) of getting your message, if they sound like they ‘would rather be elsewhere’, you might want to look for other options.
Are they independent or part of a firm?
Working with an independent practitioner might mean you have a higher chance of getting the job done sooner. They tend to be highly focused and attuned to their clients’ needs. There are benefits to working with an independent practitioner.
Note, though, that firms have advantages as well. In a 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 various precedents for their arguments, certain types of documentation and generally have a higher chance of being more experience overall. One possible disadvantage could be that hiring from a firm means getting the most junior lawyer. But even if this situation occurs, please know that behind every junior lawyer there’s usually a senior lawyer mentoring.
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; we recommend you ensure that you’re hiring someone who has the hard and soft skills needed to win your case.
We also recommend you ask about their specialty. For instance, it would be helpful to know what types of Wills and Estate cases this professional has handled before, if you’re looking for someone to help you settle a land dispute. If they are a general lawyer, they might not be as updated in the developments of Wills and Estates (for example) and best practices in cases like yours.
We recommend you find a law firm that can deliver on their promises. You need to go beyond a firm’s website, check their social media accounts, their Google reviews and speak with the firm you’re hiring before committing to a contract.
With GLG Legal Springfield, you’re sure that you’re getting the expertise you deserve. Our Wills and Estate lawyers can help you with all aspects of your Wills and Estate disputes. Apart from GLG Legal Springfield, our experts serve the Brisbane and Ipswich areas; get in touch with us by calling (07) 3288 3511 today to learn more!