A problem that many women face when they have a legal issue is that they don’t even know how to describe what their issue is, or how to categorize it, or what language to use; “I don’t even know what to call this problem!”.
So hopefully they even recognize that they have some legal rights that need to be enforced, so they actually realize it is a legal problem.
It is tricky to categorize what sort of matter you have, but it’s also really important to be able to find the right lawyer for you.
For example, if you are looking for a ‘family’ lawyer, but your matter is actually about your elderly parents, it’s not a ‘family law’ matter at all. From a lawyer’s perspective, a family law matter is a separation or a divorce. And then a matter about your elderly parents is a ‘wills and estates’ issue or an ‘elder law’ issue.
So it is really, really key to be able to work out how to categorize, and what sort of language to use, around what sort of matter that you have so that you can find the right lawyer.
Some ways of going about doing that is to look at some of these websites that you can search by category, so you can start narrowing down the categories using those terms and do a little bit of research. For example, the Law Institute of Victoria has a referral service on their website and you can search by area of law. You can look at the lawyers that come up in certain categories, then have a look at their websites and work out how they described those services to see what it actually is.
Finding and hiring the right lawyer is so important. As I talk about in the course that I run on that very topic, it’s really important to know the skill level of a lawyer, not just the skill set, because quite a lot of lawyers say they can do a lot of different areas of the law, but in fact, they’re only really particularly good in a couple of areas.