Legal Advice is a more comprehensive service than Legal Diagnosis. We have levels of legal advice, based on how simple or complex your problem is. These are:
- Standard advice – this covers most situations
- Simple advice – if the facts are clear and the legal issue is straightforward, we can provide useful advice more quickly, so we class this is simple advice
- Extended advice – in some cases, the fact situation is more complex so that we have to take more extensive instructions from you or review a significant number of documents. Advice can also take longer if the law that applies to your situation is more complex or uncertain, and if there are a lot of potential options about how to proceed and we need to provide you with advice about the pros and cons of each of them. In these cases we recommend extended advice.
We can also offer you initial advice with an accredited family law specialist, if you have a family law problem and would like to talk to a specialist first.
When making your booking we will let you know the level of advice we think your problem needs. If you want to book for an advice that is less than we think you need, then we will discuss this with you. If we think we cannot meet our professional obligation to you, we may refuse your booking. If we think we can help with some aspects of your problem within the booking type you want, we will let you know how much you can expect from that advice.
We encourage you to provide us with relevant information and documents before your appointment, as this means we are able to offer a more comprehensive service that provides greater value to you. When you talk to our lawyer for advice, we will:
- Take detailed instructions from you about your situation
- Advise you about how the law applies to your situation and the options available to deal with your problem
- Help you to analyse the various options so you can make a decision how best to proceed. When going over your options we will give you our advice about the outcome you can expect from each option, how much each is likely to cost, and how long each is likely to take.
We will also give you our advice about whether you should handle the problem yourself, and we will let you know about any free services or self-help resources that might be able to help you to do that. We will let you know if your case is one where our Legal Task Help service is available, and if your are interested we will tell you how much that will cost and book you for that service.
If you want full representation services, we refer you to lawyers who do that work. We refer to our associated practice Doyle Family Law, but we also refer to other lawyers who we would be confident to use for our own matters.
If you are likely to be eligible for free legal services we will refer you to those services.
After Legal Advice you will know exactly what you need to do next to progress your problem.