Instructing a lawyer
Instructing a lawyer can be intimating for many people. The concerns that we mostly come across are rising Costs and an on going legal battle
Do I need a solicitor?
Many Legal issues require professional advice and guidance from a lawyer. In order to make an informed decision it is best to seek legal advice from a professional who is familiar with the law surrounding that area of practise. However, this does not mean that you need an lawyer to represent you for every area of law. There are many legal issues that can be dealt with by yourself depending on how comfortable you feel.
The most common situations where you would require a solicitor are as follows
- A Personal Injury Claim following an accident
- Purchasing a property or selling your home
- Unfair Dismissal or another Employment related issue
- Arranging a will or a trust
- Immigration issues such as challenging a Home office decision
- Issues such as Divorce and Child Protection which fall under family law
Situations that you can handle yourself include but are not limited to the following
- PPI Claims
- Personal Injury Claims of a small value
- Making passport application
- Registering a company
What will a solicitor do for me?
You can expect the solicitors to represent you and guide you throughout your legal issue. They would advise you on all possible outcomes and ensure that your rights are assessed and protected to allow you to make an informed decision.
Some of the work they do for you may include the following :
- Researching the area of Law
- Interviewing witnesses
- Collecting necessary records
- Liaising and instructing expert consultants
- Planning legal strategy
- Preparing and filing the necessary paperwork
- Negotiating with insurers and the other side
What shall I ask my solicitor?
Once you have found a solicitor that specialises in the area of law where you need to instruct a lawyer, have an initial chat with the solicitor before hiring them. You could either arrange a face to face appointment or do this over the phone. The initial conversation will help you in making a hiring decision.
Some things that may need clarifying are as follows
- How long they have been practising for in that area of law and years of experience.
- Have they handles similar situations before.
What fees should I be expected to pay?
All solicitors have their own fee structure but
You should ask how the fees are charged:
- Are fees charged on an hourly basis or a fixed fee?
- Can they take your case on a 'no-win, no-fee' basis?
- When do you have to pay?
Always get a written explanation of the fees involved.
Should I meet or speak to different lawyers before instructing?
This all depends on how you feel. We would highly recommend that you make an informed decision and before selecting a lawyer to represent you, to compare other options available to you.
This is one of the reasons why Free legal Helpline offers you a multiple choices and the freedom to make an independent choice by selecting a lawyer you feel comfortable with.
Free Legal Helpline provides a completely free service. There is no charge to you for using our service. Although we are not permitted to give you any legal advice we can guide you in the right direction
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