Is your Lawyer who they say they are?
Recent enquiry highlights the need to exercise caution when instructing your lawyer.
We were recently contacted by a gentleman (Mr X) who had been dealing with a “lawyer” in Spain in relation to an inheritance case.
After entering into several email exchanges with the “lawyer”, Mr X spotted some subtle peculiarities about the way in which his “lawyer” was conducting the case which raised his suspicions.
Mr X contacted Worldwide Lawyers in order to obtain a second legal opinion and ascertain whether or not the work being undertaken by his “lawyer” was usual under Spanish law.
By carrying out the same verification checks undertaken in respect of Worldwide Lawyers’ network of international law firms we were able to quickly establish that the “lawyer” was not in fact legitimate. He was a fraudster posing as a lawyer hoping to elicit personal and financial details from Mr X.
Thankfully, due to the diligence of Mr X and the assistance of Worldwide Lawyers the bogus lawyer was unveiled before Mr X had parted with his confidential information or any cash.
The case does however highlight the need to exercise caution when instructing your lawyer, especially when you are dealing with unfamiliar laws and legal practices overseas.
It can be hard to find a good lawyer overseas and it can be relatively easy for a fake to hold themselves out as a lawyer by setting up an email address, a website or even an office!
You should always ensure that you are confident from the outset that any lawyer whether at home or abroad is genuinely registered, regulated and insured in accordance with the requirements of the country in which they practice. If you have any concerns you should ask them for these details and also make sure you actually check out the information provided.
If you need a lawyer abroad, contact Worldwide Lawyers who will be able to put you in touch with a reliable, independent legal advisor. We ascertain that all of the lawyers in our network are registered, regulated and insured in accordance with the requirements of the country in which they practice so you can instruct your lawyer with confidence.