The different types of lawyer and how they can help you

The law is complicated and vast with many intricacies; due to this, it is virtually impossible for any legal professional to be an expert in all sectors. This is why many legal professionals decide to specialise in one or two areas that they are passionate about.

There are so many different types of lawyer and it can sometimes be challenging to understand what they all do and what type of attorney you need for a specific problem.

To clear up this problem, here is a break down of some of the most common types of legal professional.

Family lawyer

A family lawyer is a legal professional who concentrates on family and domestic matters. Whilst the most common case for these professionals revolves around divorce, they can also help with issues such as pre-nuptial agreements, child custody and litigation. This sector of law also crosses over with some criminal cases, such as domestic violence cases and child abuse cases.

If you are going through family law related issues, it is always recommended that you hire a specialist in the field, such as O’Sullivan Legal.

Criminal lawyer

Criminal lawyers are legal professionals who deal with individuals who have been accused of criminal activity. These are often the most intense cases and include crimes such as:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Armed burglary
  • Drug trafficking
  • Assault

Criminal law is complicated as it often ends up going to trial, so it is important to hire a professional who has experience in the courtroom. A good criminal attorney will also have knowledge in areas such as pleas, bail and arraignment.

Corporate lawyer

As the name suggests, corporate law covers the legal practice of companies, organisations and businesses. These professionals most commonly work with large companies to ensure that the regulations are followed.

Corporate attorneys can help with matters such as:

  • Starting a new business
  • Negotiation
  • Drafting
  • Mergers
  • Acquisitions

If you own a mid-size or large corporation it is likely that you will consult with a corporate lawyer on a regular basis.

Estate planning lawyer

This type of legal professional focuses their attention on wills and trusts. Essentially, they can help you draw up a will which determine who your assets get passed on to or set up a trust to take care of your children’s financial needs.

Estate planning lawyers can also assist with ensuring the will or trust is met, and also when it comes to will dispute claims.

Civil litigation lawyer

Civil litigation professionals are experienced and knowledgeable in all civil matters. Generally, their clients are suing someone, or looking to respond to a lawsuit against them.

If you are involved in a civil matter, this is the type of legal professional you should contact.

General practice lawyer

Whilst most legal professionals specialise, some opt to work as a general practice lawyer. Essentially, this is a legal practitioner that deals with a wide range of issues.

General practice lawyers are not recommended if your case is complicated, but they can be useful for getting advice on simple or generic issues

Rebecca Kellett
Rebecca Kellett
Rebecca is a writer and an editor at 'Best in Australia' who has written on a range of topics. She is enthusiastic and passionate with an interest in food, health, entertainment and politics. She is the editor responsible for our health section.
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