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How to get the best out of your solicitor

When you instruct a solicitor to deal with a family matter on your behalf, you may have many different concerns and issues. You may also be worried about the costs of instructing your solicitor. This guide is designed to help you get the best out of your solicitor in the most cost effective way.

 

Every client is different and will have their own set of priorities. Make sure you tell your solicitor what your main concerns are so that they can address them in the best way possible.

 

It can help to contain your costs if you try and identify the issues you want to discuss before you contact your solicitor so that they can be dealt with coherently. It may help you to make a list, so that you don’t forget something important. Bear in mind that it is likely to be cheaper to make one phone call to your solicitor rather than several.

 

Your solicitor will be very aware that you are going through a difficult time and that you may need a lot of support. They will not mind at all if you need to contact them regularly however do bear in mind that the more often you contact your solicitor, the more money you will spend. If you feel you would benefit from support from external experts, such as counsellors, then your solicitor should be able to recommend someone to you.

 

Your solicitor should give you realistic advice, based on the information to hand. While your solicitor is on your side and is there to represent your interests, bear in mind that part of this can involve them giving you advice that you may not like. This doesn’t mean that your solicitor is not supporting you but does mean that they are making sure that you have all the information you need so that you can make appropriate decisions on your case.

 

There is no such thing as a stupid question. If you are unsure about something then ask your solicitor. It is your solicitor’s job to help you understand the process.

 

You will have instructed your solicitor to advise you and represent you in your family matter. This arrangement always works best if you trust your solicitor to do their best for you. Remember that they are on your side. The work they conduct on your behalf will be with the benefit of legal expertise and experience. Family law in particular is an area where the nuancing of communications can be very important. It is therefore usually best to resist the temptation to re-draft letters or documents prepared by your solicitor. Having said that it is, of course, your case and if you do feel that amendments need to be made you should discuss this with your solicitor.

 

Make sure that you give your solicitor all of the relevant information to enable them to help you. If you are not sure what is relevant, then do ask. Bear in mind that it is usually better to give too much information than not enough. Your solicitor will be used to dealing with lots of information and sifting through it.

 

Costs can be a difficult issue. Most solicitors do not offer credit and your solicitor will probably ask you for money up front, on account of future costs. This is usually paid in instalments as the case progresses. Your solicitor should give you regular cost estimates and progress updates so that you can see what is happening on your case, what the costs are likely to be and plan accordingly. If, you have any difficulty about paying your costs then it is always best to discuss this with your solicitor as soon as possible otherwise your solicitor may become unable to properly deal with your case. It may be possible to agree a payment plan, or money may be available from other sources such as an ex-partner or even a commercial litigation loan.

 

Throughout your case, your solicitor may ask you to provide information or documentation to help them deal with your case effectively. If you can, it is best to get everything that your solicitor has asked for as this will enable them to give you the best and most accurate advice. It will also help to contain costs as it will avoid the need for your solicitor to chase you for information. If you are unable to find everything that is needed, let your solicitor know so that you can work out a solution.

 

If, at any point, you have concerns about your case in general or even about your own solicitor, you should contact them straightaway. Many perceived problems are as a result of a misunderstanding or miscommunication and can be easily solved. Remember that your solicitor is there to help you. If you think there might be a problem then let them know so they can help you to solve it.

 

 

Every client is different and will have their own set of priorities. Make sure you tell your solicitor what your main concerns are so that they can address them in the best way possible.

 

It can help to contain your costs if you try and identify the issues you want to discuss before you contact your solicitor so that they can be dealt with coherently. It may help you to make a list, so that you don’t forget something important. Bear in mind that it is likely to be cheaper to make one phone call to your solicitor rather than several.

 

Every client is different and will have their own set of priorities. Make sure you tell your solicitor what your main concerns are so that they can address them in the best way possible.

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