If you are asking yourself this question, then I think what you need is to change your frame of mind.
A lawyer is a service provider like any other profession. Lawyers work within a set of rules and regulations day in day out and have established experience of dealing with legal problems that are commonplace. Where legal problems become more complex, lawyers know where to find the right answers or how to develop a good argument for a particular answer they want to advocate.
The legal system lawyers work within is not secret. It comprises thousands of pages of legislation and regulations enacted by the government (State and Federal), all of which are available to the public to read and download from the legislatures’ websites, for free. Check out our useful links page to see where you can obtain these.
Further, the legal principles that are applied by the judiciary (the Judges and Magistrates) are formed and interpreted from an enormous history of caselaw which is again, generally available to the public to read and download, for free.
There are also an abundance of books published that cover distinct topics of the law, provide in depth analysis, interpretation and commentary on distinct legal issues, and the principles of law that might apply to your particular legal problem. These books are available to purchase by the public and many of the most respected books are available to borrow from a public library.
My point is, if anyone was to put their mind to researching their legal problem by consulting these resources, then they wouldn’t need a lawyer and would be capable enough to deal with their own particular legal problem (but certainly not another person’s legal issues).
I’d like to make comment here that I do not recommend anybody answer their legal problems in an online forum. I would suggest the person answering your question in the online forum will not be a qualified lawyer, and may simply be a scorned person simply looking to admonish the legal system.
Similarly, caution should be taken when reading some article on a website. The law changes State to State to Territory in Australia and the laws of Queensland can be quite different to the information that is published by law firms and others that don’t practice here. Plus, in some cases the most minor fact in your own issues may be the telling element that might make your claim a success or failure.
It is simply impossible to provide a generalised answer to every nuance of legal problem that exists.
The frame of mind you should be in is one which asks the question: Do I want a lawyer?
Every lawyer you encounter has obtained a law degree that requires them to obtain enough legal knowledge to provide you with an immediate shortcut through all that reading, research and analysis.
It may be possible for them to answer your legal problem in the space of a phone call and save you months of time, energy and stress.
It is that knowledge, skill and expertise that you are paying for when you consult a lawyer. A good lawyer can deal with legal problems quickly, efficiently and properly because of that knowledge, training and experience that they have established.
For some advice on choosing the right lawyer for you, take a look at our ‘Why Choose Us‘ page.
The last point I’d like to raise here is that in the context of civil litigation, making a claim against another person is usually a one-time deal. You have one opportunity to get it right and if you get it wrong, the results can be devastating both financially and personally.
So, do you want a lawyer?
DISCLAIMER: The above article was written at a specific point in time in the past and is provided as general guidance only. It is not intended to be specific legal advice to any person’s particular circumstances who may be reading it. We do not recommend you use this article as a replacement for obtaining proper legal advice on your issue and encourage anyone reading the article to obtain legal advice to ensure the above information and guidance remains valid and suits your particular circumstance. In our experience, there is no ‘one size fits all’ to legal problems!