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A Guide to Choosing a Solicitor

If you become involved in a legal dispute, then it is essential that you hire a solicitor to represent you. If you represent yourself in court, then you will almost certainly lose, as an in-depth knowledge of the law is required, and that not is something that you can learn yourself (unless you have a few years spare to go to law school). The good news is that hiring a solicitor need not be difficult or overly expensive. You do need to follow some basic guidelines though…
References – Ask your friends if they have dealt with any solicitors who they were particularly pleased with. Even if they personally have not, one of their friends or family members might have done. If you do not get any leads from them, then look online for some. Only pay attention to testimonials left by unbiased third parties, and not those on the websites of solicitors. Blogs and forums are a good source of information that you can rely on.
Ads – Never pick a solicitor based on the basis of an advertisement you have seen on TV or in a magazine. The reason being that solicitors who feel that they have to spend huge amounts on advertising are, more often than not, more focused on style than substance. They are the easiest option, because you have the phone number to call right there in front of you, but how often is the easiest option the best one?
Specialization – Make sure that the solicitor you hire specializes in the legal work that you need doing. So, if you need a contract dispute resolving, do not hire a solicitor who specializes in real estate, even if they come highly recommended. The law is so complex that unless you hire a specialist you are putting your chances of winning your case at a serious disadvantage. There will be plenty of solicitors specializing in what you need available, so why settle for anything less?
Payment Options – If you are hiring a solicitor to handle some kind of routine legal work, expect to pay hourly. Even though this type of arrangement has a built-in incentive for your solicitor to run up your bill, it can actually work out quite well for you if ask for a detailed timetable before they start work, and regular, specific updates whilst it is in progress. If you are suing someone, you have the option of arranging for your solicitor to take some percentage of any settlement, rather than paying them hourly. In terms of incentive, this kind of arrangement is best, as your solicitor will know that they will not get paid if they do not win the case for you.…