Wherever a legal dispute arises, be it criminal or civil, the services of one or more legal professionals will be required. Matters involving the filing complaints and the pleading and defending of law suits call for various experts in any number of fields of law and legislative acts.
Also known as a lawyer, a solicitor deals with legal matters and presents them in court, on behalf of their client. There are many different types of solicitors, many specialising in their own discipline.
Property - land and property purchases
Tax - tax law experts
Divorce - filing for and settling divorces
Injury - compensation claims and OH&S complaints
Family - domestic and childcare issues
Employment - workplace dispute settlement
Business - contract arrangements
Criminal - relating to criminal or federal law
Working in both criminal and civil defences, legal investigators obtain information on parties being litigated and often testify in court. As the name suggests, there is also some research, investigation, and photography involved but on the whole they work to prepare and present evidence.
If you need information about the law or require legal advice, a High Street solicitor will be able to offer their services or refer you to a specialist solicitor who can. Legal Aid is a free legal service which is available across Australia. Generally providing services to economically and socially disadvantaged people, they offer free legal advice and free or subsidised legal representation, in a wide range of matters. Areas of speciality include women’s legal issues and aboriginal support.
A will is a legal document, setting out directions for our property and assets following our death. Although wills can be drafted privately, it is advisable to obtain the services of a solicitor to be revised and witnessed. A probate is the process of distributing a deceased person’s property, or their estate, in accordance with their will. A probate lawyer is dedicated exclusively to this procedure.
Dealing with a legal issue? The Yellow Pages has a comprehensive list of legal professionals.