By: Simon B
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Using the right Solicitor
If you’ve unsuccessfully tried all other avenues to enforce your rights, you may have to employ the services of a solicitor. They’re usually high on the list of people you love to hate, but that’s because most people feel they charge too much for the work they do. All you see is the letters that are sent and the documents that are drawn up, but you may not be aware of all the research that can go on behind the scenes.
You must have the right solicitor to deal with your case. You don’t want to use the same solicitor who dealt with your house purchase to deal with your divorce if that’s not their area of expertise. If you want a will drawn up, make sure that the solicitor specialises in wills and trusts. If you need a solicitor to help with a case against your employer, find a solicitor who knows a lot about employment law. If you’ve been involved in a criminal case, you need a lawyer who deals with criminal matters and not one who deals with personal injury and vice versa.
Your local CAB knows the expertise of the solicitors in the area, and often, solicitors offer a half hour initial interview free if you’re referred to them by organisations such as the CAB, or they’ll see you in the CAB office for a free or fixed-fee interview. Ask the CAB what’s available. Also, check out your solicitor’s costs before you go ahead and ask whether any free legal advice is available to you.
With luck, your solicitor sending a letter threatening legal action is enough to get the dispute resolved. But you should be aware that sometimes the other side responds by getting their solicitor involved, and then the dispute escalates – ending up in court before you can stop it.