We all need to call on the services of a solicitor at some point in our lives. You may need legal advice concerning buying a new home or a boundary clarification between properties; you may need help concerning family issues or even writing a will. Either way, you will require the services of a professional solicitor who you can confidently trust and work with concerning the matter in hand.
For some, the word of a trusted friend or colleague who has dealt with a solicitor on a previous occasion is enough, but even if you are fortunate enough to have the benefit of a first-hand recommendation, you should still be prepared to ask questions to ensure that the solicitor you consult is the right one for you.
Obviously, professional qualification is paramount for somebody who is to represent you in a legal capacity and a quick check with The Legal Society’s database should be an adequate way of confirming the credentials of solicitors in England and Wales. In addition to this, you should also check that you choose a solicitor who is an expert in the field you are dealing with; for example, there is probably not much point in consulting the person who did a wonderful job with the conveyancing during your friend’s house move if you require advice concerning an injury you received in the workplace.
Another point is that you should check for personal accessibility to your solicitor. This might mean considering if their offices are on a convenient bus route if you don’t drive, for example, or maybe if stairs are involved if you have difficulty walking or need wheelchair access. It is also worth checking if the solicitor is not regularly available on certain days, and if this is likely to be incompatible with your schedule. Whilst these issues may seem basic, not being able to meet with your solicitor face to face could hamper your ability to work comfortably with him or her or even prolong the case unnecessarily.
Cost is an issue that we all have to bear in mind, so it is worth asking what your solicitor is likely to charge at the outset. They should also be able to discuss whether you are eligible for Legal Aid and if this is permissible within their practice.
It will be helpful for you and the solicitor if you list the matters you need to be addressed and take any documentation relating to the case with you. As well as informing the solicitor, having a list will help you remember any questions you wish to ask before engaging their services.
If you require the services of a solicitor and live in the South Wales area, why not call CJCH Solicitors Cardiff or Martyn Prowel Solicitors Cardiff? Both companies employ professionals experienced in all fields of English and Welsh law. Their friendly service, with the support of their established companies, ensures that your case will be dealt with courteously, conveniently and professionally.