What Lawyers Do



Type of Work Lawyers Do
The law affects just about every one of us, from the time we were born until we die. Many situations will arise during our lifetime where we will need the guidance of someone who is an expert in the law. This expert is your lawyer.

Your Lawyer has had the specialist training, experience and knowledge to help you with your problem.

Some areas where lawyers can assist include:

  • Contracts and agreements. You must never sign a contract or agreement, or any legal document until your lawyer has reviewed it.

  • Debts. Your lawyer can help you recover money owing to you or help come to an arrangement with a creditor, for repayment of money you owe them.

  • Business affairs. Your lawyer will help with the setting up and operation of your business, including checking contracts, leases and giving you advice on business problems where the law is involved.

  • All types of legal action. You may have a dispute in your business, or another party may threaten you with legal action, or you may simply want to protect an invention that you have been developing.

  • Police matters. If you are arrested or questioned by the police, your lawyer will be able to help you with advice, as well as ensure your rights are protected.

  • Buying and selling. Your lawyer is able to look after the buying and selling of businesses, property, vehicles, equipment, etc. For example, when buying property your lawyer needs to check that the title to that property is not defective, or if you are buying a business your lawyer should examine the sale and purchase contract to make sure all is in order.

  • Employment. Your lawyer should be able to advise you about your rights under the employment regulations.

  • Power of attorneys. It may be necessary for you to arrange a power of attorney so that someone else can act on your behalf.

  • Benefits and compensation. Your lawyer can help you with any claims for benefit or compensations to which you are entitled.

  • Taxation. A good lawyer, specialising in tax, will be able to help you with your tax planning requirements, whether for your business or for your family.

  • A Will. Everyone should have a will and your lawyer will help draft one up to ensure that every situation has been covered and there are no arguments after you die.

  • Children. Your lawyer will be able to advise on your rights, as far as matrimonial property is concerned, and deal with issues to do with custody and care of children.

  • Immigration. Your lawyer can advise you on your rights as an immigrant, as well as the requirements to become a citizen in this country.

  • Family needs. Your lawyer can help you set up a family trust, or put together an estate plan, or arrange the administration of a deceased estate.

  • Neighbours, etc. Your lawyer can advise you on your rights when disputes arise between your neighbours or associates.