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How to Choose the Right Family Law Solicitor for you

By Lara Davies on April 24, 2023

When it comes to family law cases, choosing the right solicitor can make all the difference. Family law cases are often emotional and sensitive, and it is crucial to find a solicitor who is not only professional but also empathetic. In this article, we will explore the essential factors to consider and the questions to ask when choosing a family law solicitor.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Family Law Solicitor

Specialisation is key when it comes to choosing a family law solicitor. Family law is a complex area of law, and it is essential to choose a person who specializes in this field. A specialised solicitor will have the experience and knowledge required to handle your case effectively. You may also want to consider their experience in dealing with cases similar to yours.

Reputation is another important factor to consider. Look for someone with a good reputation in the legal community. You can check their reviews online or ask for referrals from friends or family members who have gone through a similar situation. A reputable solicitor will have positive reviews and testimonials from their clients.

Communication is crucial in any legal case, and family law cases are no exception. You want a solicitor who will keep you informed throughout the process and communicate with you in a way that you understand. Make sure to choose a solicitor who is responsive to your calls and emails.

Fees are also an important consideration. Before hiring a family law solicitor, make sure that their fees are transparent and that you understand how they are structured. You don’t want any surprises down the line, so it is important to discuss fees upfront.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Family Law Solicitor

Before hiring a family law solicitor, it is essential to ask the right questions. Here are some of the questions that you should ask:

  • What is your experience in family law, particularly in cases like mine?
  • How do you communicate with your clients, and how often will you update me on my case?
  • What are your fees, and how are they structured?
  • How do you approach negotiations or litigation, and what is your success rate?
  • What is your availability, and how quickly can I expect a response from you?
  • By asking these questions, you can gain a better understanding of the solicitor’s experience, communication style, fees, and approach to negotiations or litigation. You can also get a sense of their availability and responsiveness.

Choosing the right person is a crucial decision that can significantly impact the outcome of your case. When choosing them, consider their specialisation, reputation, communication style, and fees. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take the time to find a solicitor who will work effectively and empathetically on your case. With the right person, you can have peace of mind knowing that your case is in good hands.

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    • Lara Davies

      Lara is our Head of Legal Practice and a director. She advises on complex financial remedy proceedings, private child disputes, and Inheritance Act cases. She also has a keen interest in protecting vulnerable clients, particularly those who have experienced forms of domestic violence in their relationships. Lara has often represented fathers in private child proceedings and has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by them. Lara is keen horsewoman, and has spent her life competing in national and regional level dressage competitions with success. She is also a keen runner, and has completed Marathons, Half-Marathons and mountain races – she is now building up to her first ultra-marathon. Lara loves being outside in the mountains; her favourite place is the Scottish Highlands where she can be found a few times a year with her other half and their Pug in their campervan. She is slowly making her way through climbing each of the Scottish Munros and high peaks of England and Wales. Lara is a Welsh speaker.

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