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Avoid Law Society Referral Services. Be smart. Choose CanLaw free Lawyer Referral Services over the Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia lawyer referral services.
RETAINING ANY LAWYER
- Check that s/he is in good standing with The Law Society of Nova Scotia.
- Ask when s/he was admitted to the Bar. (This will tell you how long they have been in practice.)
- Ask if s/he specializes in the area of law you in which you require assistance.
- What specialist training or certification does s/he have?
- Ask how many similar cases s/he has handled? How many were won.
- Ask if s/he has ever been disbarred, suspended, or disciplined by any Law Society anywhere.
- Ask if s/he has been the subject of fee reviews.
- Ask if any complaints have been made against her regardless of the outcome to the Law Society.
Questions you should ask of both the Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia and the lawyer before you retain any Nova Scotia lawyer.
Barristers' Society of Nova Scotia LAWYER REFERRALS
ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT
Law Society referrals are based on a bored, underpaid, under trained telephone, clerk asking you where you want a lawyer. She then looks at her list and takes the name of the next lawyer whose turn has come up.
There is no checking of skills, suitability or experience. Lawyers using law societies referrals pay a fee and when it is their turn they get the referral. The system stinks.
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MAKE NO MISTAKE. MOST NOVA SCOTIA LAWYERS ARE HONEST, HARD WORKING AND CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO THEIR BEST FOR YOU.
Unfortunately, there are bad apples who make life difficult for clients and the other lawyers.
The Law Societies do not weed these bad apples out. They protect them from consumer complaints
KNOW THE RULES
IT WILL HELP YOUR COMPLAINT!
Review the Code of Professional Conduct for the Nova Scotia Law Society which can be obtained from the Society's web site. Use and read the Code to help organize your complaint.
It is better if you can say that the lawyer violated rule # xxx by doing what she did or did not do.
This organizes your material and shows you have done your homework.
HINT: Keep your complaint calm and rational. Avoid name calling, abuse and threats.
Try to stick to the facts and avoid all emotion. It isn't easy, but it is smart.
Most complaints to any Law Society are dismissed. Most complaints are simply frivolous and few have any real merit. Complaints should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.