5 Questions To Ask Your Solicitor
When dealing with solicitors and legal situations we fully appreciate it can feel a little overwhelming at times. You will have a lot to mentally process and it’s important to know you have employed the right team to help advise you.
Based on our knowledge and experience here are the top 5 questions you should ask your potential solicitor during your initial consultation in order to ensure they are right for you and your situation:
How long have you practiced law?
It’s important to know about your solicitor’s background and how long they have been practicing law. You will want to inquire about their experience, and whether they have specific knowledge regarding the area of law that you require assistance with. Now is also a good time to ask your solicitor if they have specialist training and knowledge that may enhance their representation.
How many cases have you represented that were similar to mine?
It’s important that you have confidence in your solicitor and feel confident to ask them about their history representing similar cases to yours and what the outcomes were. The more knowledge you have at this stage, the better position you are in to make an informed decision regarding your choice of solicitor.
What are your fees and costs, and how are they billed?
This question may be an obvious one, but it’s important to know upfront what the costs will be, to ensure you can afford the solicitors services. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are any reduced costs or legal aid assistance available to you, and what the payment options are.
Are there any other ways to solve my legal problem?
A good solicitor will want to seek the best possible outcome for your legal situation. Don’t hesitate to ask your solicitor if there is an alternative way for solving your legal issue that could be explored first. This could also vary the costs and time spent on your situation too. An example may be mediation or an out-of-court arrangement.
What is the likely outcome of my case?
Whilst no case is guaranteed, your solicitor should be able to say what your options are regarding your case; what the possible outcomes might be, and whether you have a good chance of winning your case. It’s important you have an open and honest relationship with your solicitor as you’re not looking for a ‘right answer’ just an honest one at this stage.
Any solicitor should be happy to answer these and any other questions you may have for them. You need to leave your initial consultation feeling supported and confident that you are in ‘safe’ hands with them, and that they are looking out for your best interests at all times.
With any legal situation you find yourself in, we are here to advise, guide and support you throughout the entire process.