What is a legal representative in Australia?

What is a legal representative in Australia?

Legal representatives can have the capacity to execute legal transactions, sell assets, enter into legally binding contracts or even transfer large sums of money. A legal representative is an individual, usually a lawyer, who acts as the legal figurehead of the company and is the signatory on all company activities.

Do Australians have the right to legal representation?

Unlike the USA, there is no right to free legal representation in Australia. We must either pay a lawyer to represent us, qualify for assistance such as Legal Aid or remain unrepresented. In fact, court cases have confirmed that people charged with criminal offences are not entitled to state-funded represented.

Who is a legal representative in court?

In its broadest sense, one who stands in place of, and represents the interests of, another. A person who oversees the legal affairs of another. Examples include the executor or administrator of an estate and a court appointed guardian of a minor or incompetent person.

Is a legal personal representative the same as an executor?

An executor is a person named in a Will whom the deceased person appointed to administer their estate. Executors and administrators are both commonly referred to as a legal personal representative (LPR).

Why do people not get legal representation in Australia?

But as discussed in previous blogs, to deny people legal representation simply because they are accused of serious crimes or are not Australian residents ignores the fundamental tenets of justice and fairness upon which or justice system is based.

Where can I get Solicitors conduct rules in Australia?

It is important that all legal practitioners are well versed in the Australian Solicitors’ Conduct Rules, a copy of which is available from The Law Society of South Australia (or via the link on their website – above).

Can you deny someone the right to legal representation?

To deny them legal representation, particularly in serious criminal cases which carry significant penalties, would be to further disadvantage them and potentially lead to innocent people being imprisoned simply because of their financial situation.

Can a person get legal aid if they do not have a lawyer?

Only those who do not have the means to pay for private legal representation are granted Legal Aid. Those who meet the criteria for taxpayer-funded legal services are already marginalised and disadvantaged.

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