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Choosing a lawyer

Choosing a lawyer

It’s important to find a lawyer who is right for you and who can provide the service you need.

Consider your options

You can talk to several lawyers before you choose the right one for you.

A phone or face-to-face meeting can help you to decide. 

A lawyer can charge you for this consultation. 

Where to start

Find a solicitor

You can search for solicitors through the Queensland Law Society.

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Find a barrister

You can search for barristers through the Bar Association of Queensland.

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You may be eligible for legal advice and funding through Legal Aid Queensland or a community legal centre.

Legal Aid Queensland

Community legal centre

Your first meeting

Any client–lawyer relationship relies on good communication between both parties.

Prepare for your first meeting by writing down facts about the matter, a timeline of events, issues you’re concerned about, and your questions.

Your questions might include:

  • What are my options?
  • What are my chances of getting the outcome I want?
  • How much will you charge in total?
  • Are there any extra costs and could these change?
  • What is the process?
  • How long will it take?

Organise any documents and information you think might be relevant and bring them to your first meeting.

When choosing a lawyer, consider:

  • Am I comfortable with this lawyer and their advice?
  • Do I understand what they will do and what the costs are?
  • Do I know who will work on my legal matter and their level of experience?
  • Have they explained whether I’m likely to be successful?
  • Did they explain my rights and to whom I can complain if things go wrong?
  • Do I want a second opinion?