We pride ourselves on being approachable and accessible in our relationship with you.
We aim to achieve a relaxed, open and productive relationship with you as we work to resolve your legal issues. You will find that we are easy to talk with and we offer practical, understandable advice.
We are keen to ensure we have open and transparent communication about our fees. Although it is difficult to provide accurate quotes or fixed prices for most cases because of the way legal matters can develop, we can give you estimates for some of the regular work we do. We want to keep you informed at all times. If you have any concerns about costs, we urge you to talk to us. A copy of our Terms of Engagement can be found here (Terms of Engagement) or obtained on request from our office.
How can you get the best value from us?
Be well prepared
You can help keep costs down by giving us a clear outline of what you need or what the problem is. We strongly recommend that you put this in writing (email is an efficient method) and provide us with full copies of all relevant documents. This will not only enable us to give more accurate costs estimates but will keep your overall costs down.
Get advice promptly
It will usually save you anxiety and money in the long run.
Contact us before you sign any important document
If you don’t you could find out – to your cost – that the words don’t mean what you thought they did.
Don’t leave it until the last minute
If we have to drop other work to help you at short notice, it may mean you pay more. It is best to give us as much notice as possible.
Do some preliminary research
We have included some useful website links on our website and we encourage you to do some background reading on your issue or problem.
The NZ Law Society website https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/for-the-public/common-legal-issues/ has some useful guides to various law areas.
http://www.nzlii.org/ provides free access to NZ legal information and a variety of useful legal databases.
http://www.legislation.govt.nz/ provides public access to NZ legislation.
https://www.govt.nz/browse/law-crime-and-justice/has useful information on how to access legal information and help.
Also refer to these helpful links:
Department of Internal Affairs http://www.dia.govt.nz/
Human Rights Commission http://www.hrc.co.nz/
NZ Law Foundation http://www.lawfoundation.org.nz/
Parliamentary Counsel website http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/
Official Government website http://www.beehive.govt.nz/
Citizen Advice Bureau website http://www.cab.org.nz/Pages/home.aspx
CHECK WITH US BEFORE YOU SIGN ANYTHING!
Please don’t sign an agreement to purchase or sell your property until you have had it checked over by one of our property experts – having the right conditions with the right wording is critical and some conditional agreements can still be very difficult to get out of.
Before you sign the agreement, either have your agent email it to us or ring us on 0800 TMFLAW to arrange for us to check it
We Can Help
With All Of Your Legal Needs
If there is an area of law which we are unable to help we can refer you to someone who can.
Buying or Selling a Property
Setting up and Administration of Trusts
Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
Business and Commercial Legal Advice
Charity and NFP Legal Advice