However, hiring a lawyer is one of the decisions that require much attention and research to ensure you donâ€™t make mistakes that will make your case remain unsolved for years or even forever.
Joseph Macdonald, a commercial lawyer and lecturer at the University of Nairobi, spoke to kenyagist.com and revealed some of the costly mistakes that most Kenyans make when getting legal representation.
Failure to Check With The Lawyer is Qualified
Macdonald stated that before hiring a lawyer, you should check with the Law Society of Kenya whether the lawyer you want to hire is registered.
He confirmed that if the lawyer might have been conducting cases illegally, all the transactions made can be nullified.
You can find the information by checking their website or visiting their offices located along Gitanga Road in Lavington.
Failure to Check Whether The Lawyer Has Disciplinary Issues
According to Macdonald, most Kenyans rush into hiring lawyers without checking their legal background.
â€œCheck whether the lawyer has a tendency of taking money from clients but never finishes cases or only seeks bail but never win cases,â€ Macdonald stated.
This is also the same case with clients hiring lawyers based on fame and not experience.
Failure to Visit The Lawyerâ€™s Office
Macdonald asserted visiting the lawyerâ€™s office enables the client to know where they can find the lawyer in case of anything.
He argues failure to find the lawyer makes it easy for them to escape from the client after being paid or slow the case.
Failure to Check the Lawyerâ€™s Specialization
Macdonald states that Law is a wide field of study with many specializations but most lawyers will never disclose cases they canâ€™t handle. They will take money from clients and end up delaying or not finishing the case.
â€œYou need to know the nature of your case. Some lawyers deal with criminal cases, employment cases or land cases. Others specifically handle children cases but most lawyers will tell you they can handle everything,â€ Macdonald specified.
The Cost of Hiring a Lawyer
Macdonald explains that some Kenyans are never keen on the amount of money some lawyers charge and sometimes end up losing everything.
â€œYou find that the value of the asset the client wants recovered is worth Ksh 500, 000 but the lawyer he/she wants to engage charges at least Ksh1 million. The scenario is impossible but some clients never realize it,â€ he advised.
You should have a proper legal fees agreement with your lawyer to avoid any future problems.
However, if you once hired a lawyer who took your money but never finished the job, all is not lost. You can report them to the LSK for appropriate legal action to be taken against them.