Whether you’re moving house, getting married, or making a will, you’ll need the right solicitor to give you the information and service you need.
Here’s how you can choose the right solicitor.
1. You’ll need to establish what you need a solicitor for. Are you getting divorced? Disputing a will? Claiming compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault? Do you want help rewriting you company handbooks or employment contracts?
2. Once you know what you want a solicitor for, you’ll be able to determine which area of law you need. Will you need a family law solicitor? Probate solicitors? Employment law solicitors? Clinical negligence solicitors? A good source is the Law Society Website
3. You’ll also need to have some idea as to what help you need, and how your solicitor can help. If you’re moving house, getting divorced, or writing a will, it’s likely to be more straightforward than trying to claim compensation for an accident, or want to stop your ex from taking your children out of the country.
4. Depending on what area of law you need, and what you want your solicitor to do for you, you can then decide whether you need a local or specialist solicitor. A local solicitor is likely to be the best choice if you’re moving house, whilst a firm of personal injury specialists might be what you need if your accident claim isn’t straightforward.
5. You’ll want to choose a firm of solicitors with plenty of experience in the area of law you need. Although everybody has to start somewhere, you won’t want your case handled by a solicitor with no experience.
6. It’s essential that you get on with your solicitor, and that you have a good relationship with them. This is obviously going to be easier if you communicate face to face in person, but this isn’t always possible.
7. Your solicitor will need to show empathy when required, so that you feel reassured that you’ll treated like a person, and not a case number. You might be recounting a harrowing or painful experience, or spending a lot of money on a house, and you’ll want fell comfortable dealing with your solicitor.
8. Effective communication is essential, so that you don’t have to keep contacting your solicitor to find out where your case is up to, or what will happen next.
9. As well as communicating with you, your solicitor will need to act promptly, so that you’re not waiting around, and that you won’t have to wait weeks to hear anything, only to be told that you need to provide some paperwork, or sign a document, and that somebody forgot to tell you.
10. The cost of your solicitor should not be the determining factor. You’ll be going through a potentially life changing experience, or making decisions that could cost you more than just money. You’ll want to get the most appropriate solicitor so that you can be sure that they are capable of giving you’re the results you need, whether you’re changing your company’s IT policy, or getting divorced. The difference between a good solicitor and a bad one could be the difference between winning and losing. One further point is good ones are not always the most expensive.
11. Make sure that you obtain a detailed written explanation of how the solicitor proposes to charge, and whether it is a solicitor, legal executive or trainee/paralegal who you are paying to advise. A firm should provide you not only with how there fees are calculated but an estimate of the likely fees you will be charged for. A solicitor should investigate how you intend to pay for the service and whether you have insurance or other means available such as legal aid.
12. If in doubt, contact Carlisle Legal Services who have been dealing with law firms throughout England & Wales for many years and know which are the best.