How to choose a lawyer
Lawyers deal with many personal, family, business and property matters and transactions. No one else has the training and experience to advise you on matters relating to the law. If your lawyer can’t help you with a particular matter, they can refer you to another specialist. Seeing a lawyer before a problem gets too big can save you anxiety and money.
Like other professional people, your lawyer charges for time, experience and skill in looking after your affairs. Ask at the beginning about the likely cost or tell your lawyer that you don’t want to spend more than a certain sum without the lawyer checking with you. If you are on a low income and there is the possibility of court proceedings, ask whether you might qualify for legal aid.
Choose your own lawyer for independent advice. You do not have to use the same lawyer as your partner or anyone else involved in the same legal matter. In fact, sometimes you must each get independent legal advice.
Search for a lawyer
The New Zealand Law Society has a number of web services that allow you to locate lawyers in private practice who hold current practising certificates.
- Find a lawyer or organisation
- Find a family lawyer
- Find a property lawyer
- Ask friends or relatives to recommend one to you
- Look in the Yellow Pages under 'lawyers' or 'barristers and solicitors'
- Ask at a Citizens' Advice Bureau or community law centre
Check the Register of Lawyers
Lawyers must have a practising certificate issued by the New Zealand Law Society. You can check if the person you plan to consult holds a current practising certificate by searching the Society's Register of Lawyers.
You can call the the Law Society on +64 4 472 7837 or email email@example.com for clarification.
Last updated on the 3rd June 2015