Do You Need To Find A Lawyer

Do you think you need to find a lawyer in NZ to help you with a legal matter, or just to have for any future plans or deals? It’s often best to locate one before you need one, much like finding an accountant before the end of the financial year. While there are times where we need to appoint a lawyer straight away (such as in times of criminal matters, or if there is a case filed against you). Most of the time, the relationship we create with a legal representative is all about prevention rather than reaction.

The first thing you need to do is determine if you need one right now. If you are separating from your partner, negotiating custody or asset division, then you will probably need one. If you have been charged with a crime you will definitely require legal assistance and/or representation.

Whatever the reason, it’s very important to collect what you want to say, and what you expect from them as concisely as possible before you meet with them. A point by point list can help you stay on track. As you are billed for your time, it’s a good idea to keep as focussed as you can while you talk with a lawyer. Sometimes just talking with an expert can help save you hours of work, so this time can be very valuable. Many people go in expecting a long and drawn out procedure, when a few meetings can help arrange a solution to whatever problem you’ve come in with.

A lawyer in NZ will go through your rights and their obligations with you, and ensure you that as your counsel, they are required to treat all your matters confidentially. They can also improve both your current situation and your future by looking out for your interests. If they cannot help you because it is not an area of expertise for them, they can often recommend another professional in their law firm who can. This is one of the benefits of working with a firm, rather than one person.

In many of the smaller towns and regions in New Zealand it can be hard to know who to talk to if you have law related problem. It can seem as if everyone knows everyone else, but your legal representative will not disclose information to anyone else. A reputable law firm can be trusted to offer good advice and confidentiality. They are required to disclose any conflict of interest at the outset of your conversation.