All lawyers in private practice must hold a valid practicing certificate issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Be sure to do a search online but recognize that law firm’s websites are not always updated. Law Society is unable to recommend a particular lawyer or law practice but you are able to request a certificate of good standing from them for any law firm.
AsiaLawNetwork.com does a search of the lawyers by the search field inputs of your case and matching you to the lawyers according to their expertise.
The lawyers will usually do a conflict check before asking for the case details. This helps the lawyer to determine that he is in an independent position and his firm is not acting for the opposing party in the case.
Friends and family can help to select a lawyer but from our survey results, lawyers like doctors, form a very close relationship with you and because individuals look out for different qualities, it is best to ascertain for yourself which lawyer is best for you.
We recommend to always seek a second opinion. You can do that by simply having an hour consults with the two lawyers separately and then decide which one suits you.
Always remember that lawyers are not obliged to give legal advice when you are not a paying client. Henceforth, it is more effective if you pay for the hour you’re consulting the lawyer to get the best out of both your time.
This article is written by Adrian Mah from Asia Law Network.
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