Finding yourself in a position where you need legal help is never fun. More often than not, it is not a position you want to be in and generally involves high levels of stress, anxiety and money.
But hiring a lawyer should help to remove undue stress and make you feel like you have someone to help you, who is looking after your best interests and if they’re really good, will ensure that you don’t end up in sticky situations in the future. A really good lawyer, practices preventative law – doing your legal work and looking far enough into the future on your behalf, that no one can get to you, or your money and loved ones.
Some of the basic qualities you should look for in a good lawyer are:
- Understanding – your lawyer should be interested in YOU and what is important to you.
- Good Communication – if a lawyer starts speaking to you in legal talk and leaves you scratching your head, run for the door. A good lawyer will want you to understand what is going on.
- Availability – when you need a lawyer, you need them then. Not in a week or when is convenient for them. How quickly can you expect emergency phone calls to be returned?
- Rapport – Is this someone you can get along with? Do you feel safe with that person and like you can trust them?
- References – don’t be afraid to ask for references. Ask what types of businesses or cases the attorney has worked with in the past.
- Reasonable fees – attorneys charge anywhere from $50 to $1,000 or more per hour, depending on the location, size and prestige of the firm as well as the lawyer’s reputation and experience. However, beware of comparing one attorney with another on the basis of fees alone. The lowest hourly fees may not indicate the best value in legal work because an inexperienced attorney may take twice as long to complete a project as an experienced one will.
- Experience – although it’s not essential to find an expert in your particular field, it makes sense to look for someone who specializes in small-business problems as opposed to, say maritime law. Finding a lawyer that has years of experience can not only mean they draft better legal documents, but they will probably do it faster and may know things you can only glean from experience.
Tyler & Co works on the principle of “Preventative Law” – we don’t only concentrate on the issue at surface level. We look at the problem from all angles and approach it from a perspective of “how can we prevent this, from happening again?” In order to do this, we must practice all of the above principles. This is what has made Tyler & Co successful and indispensable to our clients. If you have a problem, contact us on 02 9966 1799 and let Tyler & Co take care of you and your legal issues.
Article adapted from: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225906