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Five things to consider before engaging a solicitor

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Most people will need a solicitor at some time in the life. If you move house, you need a solicitor. If you divorce, you need a solicitor.

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Five things to consider before engaging a solicitor

  1. 1. http://www.acsols.com Five Things to Consider Before Engaging a Solicitor
  2. 2. No one wants to engage a solicitor, but, unfortunately, that’s just the way it is sometimes. When you need legal advice or representation, it can often be a stressful time in life. To help minimise the stress, you need to choose a good solicitor and to do this, you need to pay attention to the following five areas. Make sure that you're familiar these points, so that you can make then best choice when engaging your solicitor.
  3. 3. Tip 1: Are They Qualified and Specialist Enough to Handle the Case? The first thing that you're going to have to check is the validity of their claims to be solicitors. Is the person qualified? To find out, you need to do the two following things:  Contact the Solicitor Regulation Authority. They will tell you if the person is qualified, and they will tell you when they were last inspected.  Visit The Law Society website, enter the details of the solicitor, and they will return information about that solicitor, such as whether they are accredited, which area of law they practice, and various other things too.
  4. 4. However, this is only part of the issue. You also need to make sure that the solicitor can deal with your particular case. There are many different areas of law, and just because someone is a solicitor, it doesn’t mean that they can perform equally in all areas. You need to choose one that specialises in your issue. For example, if you want to make a will, you will need a Wills and Probate solicitor. If you want to get a divorce, you will need a family court solicitor.
  5. 5. Tip 2: How Much Is the Solicitor Going to Take from Your Compensation? It’s important that you know what your fees are going to be before you engage their service. Ask them to provide details in writing. There are many different ways of charging clients. Some solicitors charge as they go along; this can be very expensive, particularly when some unscrupulous people charge £50+ just to send an email! Other solicitors charge a one of fee for the entire process. If you want to get a good handle on your money, then choose this option where possible.
  6. 6. Tip 3: Do You Have to Pay the Solicitor Expenses Expenses may be added on to the fixed fee or billed on an ongoing basis. Expenses are things like petrol, travelling costs, parking, lunch, etc., and it can soon add up. To minimise expenses, choose a local solicitor. For example, by choosing solicitors Preston when you live in Preston, you will minimise the amount of travel they will need to do, and it’s also highly unlikely that the solicitors Preston would be able to claim for lunch, when they’re not leaving their hometown. Make sure that they explain to you what they will be taking money for.
  7. 7. Tip 4: What Happens If You Don’t Win the Case? If you don’t win the case, do you have to pay everyone’s fees – your solicitors, their solicitor? If so, think very hard about how you can afford this. These cases can reach thousands and thousands of pounds. Make sure that you have protection where possible, for example, adequate insurance. If you would like further help and advice about the legal process, please visit Acsols
  8. 8. Thank You Acsols published by www.acsols.com @ Acsols Acsols