A law firm in Malaysia is very similar to any other law firm. The only difference is the location. Malaysian law firms are domiciled in Malaysia and they follow the rules and regulation of that country. This makes them distinct and easy to do business with. The firm itself is based in Kuala Lumpur and also has satellite offices in Singapore and Johor Bahru. The firm has gradually expanded to include at least a China department, with a bilingual Chinese-proficient legal team.
The legal teams at law firms all over the world consist of legal professionals who have gone through rigorous schooling and years of practical experience in the legal fields. A typical lawyer will be a member of a law society or a bar. These organizations form the base for networks and within those networks, the attorneys will act as the link between clients and the law firm. Clients then approach the attorney and request a legal service related to a particular need and the attorney does the rest.
On the other hand, a law firm in Malaysia does not have a formal hierarchy or any such system that could easily explain the chain of command. The lawyers work on their own, following whoever knows best who holds the final keys to the law firm and then they work on a contractual basis working according to the contract that was mutually agreed upon before they started the case. For instance, a case might require a document to be translated into English. If the law firm already has an attorney who speaks fluent English and the client requests it, the attorney will speak on behalf of the client and translate the document. If there was no such attorney available, the client could approach another one.
There are other nuances that complicate the functioning of the law firm in Malaysia. For example, when handling a small financial transaction, the bank will want to know the facts of the transaction. The lawyers will have a different perspective on the same, depending on whether the transaction is a large one or a small one. They may view the transaction from both a positive and negative perspective. At the end of the day, the bank will have all the documents in place and the attorney will have a different view on how to proceed based on what the bank wants to see.
Law firms in Malaysia also do not operate with any type of fixed payment for services rendered. The compensation for an attorney does not include any fee for the first consultation or any part of it. Once the first consultation is done and the attorney has found out the position that he is in, the case is closed and there is no further interaction between the client and the law firm. In some other countries, the attorney charges a specific amount of money once the case is settled, but in Malaysia, the attorneys do not charge anything until the contract is signed.
A contract can be signed in two forms – one is that you are simply going to hire the attorney and he will manage the contract for you while the second form allows you to enter into a contract. In this second form, you are still hiring the attorney but you also have the right to change anytime you feel. The law firm will also have its own copy of the contract, which means that if there are any changes to be made to the contract, you have to inform them first so that they can make the necessary changes. It is also very important that you read through the contract thoroughly and understand every detail before signing off on it.
When a law firm in Malaysia is hired, the first thing that is done is that the client pays an initial deposit to ensure that the lawyer has enough capital to start working. Once the law firm has received its start-up funds, it will then hire out part time workers. These workers are responsible for doing various tasks such as answering the phone and general administrative support for the firm. They may also be involved in the whole settlement process if they feel that they have the skills to do so. If you want a more hands-on approach, the law firm may choose to hire an independent solicitor or personally engage a legal professional who is specialized in a particular area of the contract.
The process of getting a contract established is not too complex. However, you do need to be aware that the law firm may be paying some fees for the service that it does. This is why you have to find out exactly how much they are charging you in advance. Once you have established a relationship with your law firm, you can be rest assured that the services that you will be receiving from it will be worth every penny you pay.