Using a private lawyer is one way to get the legal help you need, but you will have to pay for their services.
To find out more about lawyers' fees visit our Legal costs page.
Referrals to lawyers
The Law Institute of Victoria provides referrals to lawyers across Victoria through its online directory or telephone referral service.
Law firms included in the referral service offer a free 30-minute consultation over the phone.
(03) 9607 9550
Tips for choosing a lawyer
If you want to use a private lawyer, find one who has experience dealing with your kind of problem.
Shop around. Speak to a couple of different lawyers and compare their services and fees. Only use a lawyer you feel comfortable with and can afford.
If you are unclear about any advice a lawyer gives you, you can ask to have it explained in a way you understand.
This information relates to laws in Victoria, Australia.