How to Find the Right Lawyer For You

There are many situations where hiring a lawyer is in your best interests. If you are not sure if you need a lawyer, it’s not a bad idea to at least contact one to see if he or she can help (in most cases a first consultation is free). If you feel that you can’t afford a lawyer, you can look into legal aid resources that might be able to help you with your particular situation.

In these instances, hiring a lawyer is essential:

  • You could go to jail
  • You might lose a lot of money
  • You are involved in litigation and your opponent has a lawyer
  • The case involves bodily injury
  • You are involved in a complicated or messy divorce
  • You are doing comprehensive estate planning  or need to administer the estate of someone who died
  • You want to adopt
  • A contract is needed

This is just a sample of situations that should point you toward finding good legal counsel.

Website

A first step that many of us take is to do an Internet search, like searching “saanich lawyer” or “law office victoria bc”. You’ll of course be presented with a plethora of websites, and you’ll want to check out some of them. In addition to assessing the overall feel of the site (and hence the law firm itself, since the website is its virtual “storefront”), ask yourself if the site easy to navigate; can you quickly find what you’re looking for? If you select this law office you will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time on the site, so make sure it doesn’t frustrate you now, or you will regret your choice later.

Location

Hiring a lawyer involves the communication of a lot of information, and in most cases this is best accomplished with face-to-face meetings. Unless you have a reason to hire a lawyer in a different location than where you are (if so, ask if they can conduct business via video calls, for example Skype) you’ll want to look for a lawyer that is convenient to get to.

Is there easy parking close by, and is it free or low-cost (metered)? How long a drive is it, and how easy a drive is it? If you live outside an urban center (like Victoria, BC), will you have to drive all the way downtown or is there a satellite office in a rural area (like our Cordova Bay law office)?

If you have any difficulty with stairs or any other accessibility concerns you should also confirm what accessibility features the location offers. For example, the Velletta & Company law office has full-width doors, wide hallways, ample light and no steps.

specific expertise

Does the firm handle the specific type of legal advice or representation that you need? Some firms are very narrow in their scope, while others have a large team of lawyers with specific domain expertise covering a wide gamut of legal issues. You obviously don’t want to hire an attorney specializing in real estate law for your personal injury case.

Experience

How long has the firm been in business? Keep in mind that every law office is a business, and like other businesses, they won’t last long if they don’t provide good value (if you haven’t noticed, the competition is stiff). 

Scheduling

Will you be able to meet with your lawyer at a convenient time for you? For those who work, after-work appointments are the only viable option…does the office have typical “banking hours” or do they close late? Can they accommodate evening and weekend consultations? Can home or hospital visits be arranged?

Final Thoughts

Once you’ve created a shortlist of firms, the best thing you can do is schedule a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer there (either someone you select based on what you learned from the website or whoever is recommended by the firm based on your needs). How you feel about them on an interpersonal level will be the last deciding factor. It’s important to feel good rapport and can freely and easily communicate with them. As there may be lots at stake, you will be putting a lot of trust into not only the lawyer and her or his entire team. Make sure you feel comfortable that you will be getting the best advice and legal representation you can.

Top 5 Highlights of Cordova Bay

To celebrate the arrival Velletta & Company as the newest law firm to the Cordova Bay area, we’ve prepared this list of our favourite attractions in the neighbourhood. We love providing professional counsel to clients in Victoria, BC, but when our team of lawyers are not practicing law, you can likely find at least some of us at one of these.

 

Cordova Bay Beach

Cordova Bay Beach is a long, sandy beach scattered with logs that have washed ashore, and a great spot for kids because of both pebble and sandy shores. It’s a beautiful spot for a beach walk after a visit to the Beach House Restaurant, paddleboarding, swimming and lounging in the sun in summer. People of all ages can be see wandering the beautiful shores year-round. The beach can be accessed by a set of stairs next to the restaurant. This is a sunny spot for swimming as well, due to the shallowness of the waters.

The BEach House Restaurant

This restaurant, so perfectly located right on the shore of beautiful Cordova bay Beach, boasts stunning west coast design and exceptional west coast contemporary fare.

The Beach House Restaurant began as an ice cream stand and general store in the early 1920s and evolved into a hot spot for dining and dancing in the 1940s.

It is a comfortably elegant setting for a romantic dinner, weekend brunch, a casual lunch with friends, or to celebrate a special corporate or family event.

Mattick's Farm

Located in the heart of Cordova Bay, Mattick’s Farm has been a Victoria landmark since the mid-1940’s but today is a unique shopping experience.

It’s a favourite destination for both locals and tourists alike, who come for a relaxing visit in a stylish atmosphere, a casual lunch, afternoon tea, or an intriguing browse through unique shops. There’s fresh local produce, a spa, mini golf, wine shop, and more—truly an experience for the senses.

Lochside Trail

The 29-kilometer Lochside Trail trail is great for walking or biking, stretching from Swartz Bay to Victoria past beaches, farmland, wetlands, down country lanes and beside suburban backyards. The trail has a more civilized personality than its more wild cousin (the Galloping Goose Regional Trail). The trail surface is wide (3 to 6 metres) and mostly flat.

Cordova Bay Golf Course

Cordova Bay Golf Course is a public 18-Hole championship golf course, recognized as a “world champion golf destination” by Golf Canada Magazine, and rated one of the top-100 women-friendly golf courses in North America.

The course is a great place to play for all levels of golfer. The course offers enough challenge for the low handicapper and is eminently playable for the high handicapper.

Announcing Our New Cordova Bay Law Office Location

Velletta & Company is pleased to announce our opening of a new office location in the heart of Cordova Bay. This satellite office provides a much more convenient option for those in neighborhoods north of Victoria proper (Saanich, Broadmead, Brentwood Bay, Cordova Bay, Saanichton). Our new law office is in the IDA pharmacy plaza, beside Edward Jones Investments. 

Lawyer Graham Weeks will be staffing the office full time, providing expert advice in the areas of business and entrepreneur lawcorporate/commercial and residential real estate law and the planning and probate of estates. However, if you are seeking advice or representation for other legal issues, from family law to litigation, any of the other lawyers on Velletta’s legal team can arrange to meet with you at the Cordova Bay office. 

The two Velletta & Company offices as shown in Google Maps

Lots of free parking and easy access off Cordova Bay road makes this location very convenient for anyone not wanting to deal with downtown traffic. We’ve also focused on convenience with our office hours for the Cordova bay location: Monday to Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Friday from noon to 4:00pm. Being able to swing by the law office after work or perhaps combining a visit with a trip to Mattick’s farm (just up the road) is very handy.

Initial consultations are free, and serves such as notarizations are reasonably priced, and nice and easy to obtain given the small, intimate and easily accessible office.

Drop in anytime to say hello to Graham!

The new Cordova Bay office as seen from Cordova Bay Rd.
Inside the new office
Inside the new office