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Before hiring a solicitor, ask these 7 questions

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(Number 4 will surprise you!)

 

Okay, okay. We know your number one question is “how much will it cost?” This is a valid question and yes, it will probably be at the top of your list! That being said, here are some other questions to ask before hiring a solicitor.

 

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Summary:

 

  1. Who is your ideal client?
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. How will you represent me?
  4. What are your weaknesses?
  5. Do I have a case?
  6. How will you communicate with me?
  7. How much do you charge?

 

1. Who is your ideal client?

 

It’s a good idea to know the kinds of clients your potential solicitor usually works with and what types of cases he/she deals with most often. Finding a solicitor who is an expert in the field of your legal matter will give you more confidence in the solicitor but also in the outcome of your case. Choosing a solicitor with a lot of experience with cases like yours probably means the solicitor is familiar with the ins and outs and the nitty-gritty details of these particular cases.

 

2. What are your strengths?

 

You’ll receive clarification and hopefully reassurance when asking this question. Make sure the solicitor’s strengths align with your case and how you want to be represented. It might be good to evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses as well. If you can hire a solicitor who is strong where you feel you have a weakness, this could be a great advantage for you.

 

3. How will you represent me?

 

You need to know how a solicitor will represent you before deciding to work with him/her. Every solicitor is unique and has their own style, way of communication, manner of addressing colleagues and superiors in the legal field, and stance on your case and related matters. How will they represent your case, from what angle? Is this style of representation comfortable for you? Do you believe the solicitor will represent you in a clear and honest way? Do you agree with their methods and logic? You should know how your solicitor will represent you because you want to be on the same page; you want to be in sync with your solicitor for the duration of your professional relationship.

 

4. What are your weaknesses?

 

Yes! Ask this question! It will give you another vantage point of the solicitor. Watch their reaction when you ask this and listen to what they have to say. This question is likely to reveal character and can confirm how the solicitor will treat you and others involved in your case.

 

5. Do I have a case?

 

You might be thinking, “Would a solicitor answer this question truthfully? Surely the solicitor will say yes because they want my business!” Solicitors want solid cases. If they don’t think there’s a chance of winning, they won’t want to spend time and essentially lose money working on a meritless case. It will also benefit you to know if you should proceed with the case because you may lose a lot of time and money working toward something that never really had a chance in the first place. A good solicitor will tell you the truth.

 

6. How will you communicate with me?

 

You want to make sure that there will be good communication between you and your solicitor. Asking this question allows you and the solicitor to make a plan before you work together. Copious amounts of communication take place during the process with a solicitor, so a set of clear rules of how each party is expected to communicate is an important piece of the relationship.

 

And finally, we’re popping the big question:

 

7. How much do you charge?

 

This is a practical question; you need to know the solicitor’s fees before you make the jump of hiring. If you believe after all the solicitor and you have discussed that he/she is worth the money, then maybe cost won’t entirely determine the decision. Solicitors in the UK charge anywhere from £100 per hour to upward of £300 an hour. To determine if you're eligible for legal aid in the UK, click here.

 

If you’re in need of a trusted solicitor and would like to find one close to you quickly, visit Welink Legal. You can contact the solicitor of your choice easily by phone, by sending a message or by setting an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

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