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A question most asked about the legal profession is what is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?

What is a lawyer?

A lawyer is a person that practices law. It is a licenced professional who advises and represents a person or persons in any legal matters. This can include services across several legal fields, such as commercial law, labour law, specialised criminal law, commercial property and real estate law, conveyancing and notaries, family law, matrimonial law and so much more.

What is an attorney?

An attorney is a person that practices law. An attorney is a licenced professional who advises and represents a person or persons in any legal matters. This can include services across several legal fields, such as commercial law, labour law, specialised criminal law, commercial property and real estate law, conveyancing and notaries, family law, matrimonial law and so much more.

Is an attorney and a lawyer the same?

Yes. An attorney and a lawyer is the same. There is not difference between a lawyer and an attorney, other than semantics. In different regions around the world, licenced legal professionals are called by different names. In South Africa, we refer to someone who performs a legal function as lawyers or attorneys (which can be used interchangeably).

Do you need legal advice?

Do you need to see a lawyer or attorney to assist you with a legal matter? At Cavanagh & Richards attorneys, we specialize in commercial, corporate, civil litigation and labour law matters. Contact us today with any legal queries you have. Our team of attorneys are available to assist you with all legal matters.

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