5 Tips to choosing the right Lawyer

So, you need a lawyer? Whether you are looking for a lawyer in Christchurch or somewhere else in NZ, choosing the right one can make all the difference. Whatever your legal problem is, finding the right lawyer is crucial to resolving that problem successfully. So how do you go about finding the right lawyer? It’s a good question and below we have pulled together five tips that will help you.


1. Bigger doesn’t always mean better.

There are some great law firms in NZ; some are huge with a multitude of lawyers and a sizeable legal support team working for them, coupled with large advertising budgets. This doesn’t necessarily make them the right firm for you or your situation. Personal engagement is key to establishing healthy relationships, and it is fair to say that it is easier to develop a relationship with a smaller or medium sized firm.  At Weston Ward Lascelles each client receives the same high standard of professionalism, care and consideration.


2. Client communication and overall people skills are vital in choosing a lawyer.

As Lawyers we work with people every day, finding solutions for our client’s needs.  As decisions that are made affect people’s lives we need a clear understanding of our client’s needs just as you the client, need to understand us.  You will want a Lawyer that speaks your language, is personable, persuasive when needed and able to read others.  Just as importantly they must have available open communication channels to keep you informed of progress. Here at Weston Ward Lascelles, we take client care seriously, we delivering clear, pragmatic advice for everyday people, giving you the attention and respect you deserve.


3. If you have a business, work out when you need to hire a lawyer. 

Unfortunately, good solid legal advice isn't free (though I’m sure you can find plenty of bad advice that is).  Obviously this will vary for every client, but generally speaking, the sooner you establish this relationship and start getting good advice, the better off your business is going to be.  We offer a number of business legal solutions to help businesses grow and prosper. We want to be your quiet, yet helpful business partner. A resource you call on for sound advice when you have that need.


4. You don’t always have to choose a firm which is local to you.

Again, this can vary depending on your needs and of course it is great to meet face to face on a regular basis. However, many clients, even local ones, conduct business via the phone and email as they are often busy themselves. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with hiring a local lawyer, however, with modern technology, conducting business at a distance is made easy. We have a strong local client base, serving Canterbury for over 135 years but also are proud to support many clients from further afield, around New Zealand.


5. Trust your instincts.

Hopefully, the above tips have helped you consider which lawyer is right for you. You may have drawn up a short list, but how do you decide? Firstly, let’s get any red flags out the way. A lawyer should always be transparent and willing to discuss fees with you. You must be comfortable with them; they’re your go-to person when you don’t know where else to turn, they should always be able to find a solution or point you in the right direction, they are a resource that you shouldn't hesitate to use when you need them.


Weston Ward Lascelles offers a wealth of experience from our team of lawyers in Christchurch. We will treat you with respect and will give you the high quality, cost-effective legal solutions that you need and deserve. Contact our team today and let us help you win.


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