At some point in our lives, we are likely going to need the help of a legal professional.
However, aside from the ‘in your face’ accident or PPI legal adverts that rule our TV schedules, it’s hard to know who or where to go for help.
Who do you turn to when in pursuit of a civil case, or perhaps you need a legal professional to cast their eye over a contract you are signing?
To make sure you can find the right person to represent you here are five ways to find the perfect solicitor for your needs.
How Much Does It Cost?
First thing’s first, you are going to waste a lot of time searching for the right solicitor if you are hunting for services you can’t afford.
You need to consider how much you are willing to spend to be able to narrow down the options.
If you have little-to-no budget, you can see if you might be eligible for legal aid. This is legal support for people who cannot afford any other.
What Do They Specialise in?
Another way to find the right solicitor for you is to consider what type of help you need. With regard to specialising, there are broadly two types of solicitor.
The first is a solicitor or firm which offers a wide range of services but specialises in one or two of them. A great example would be, solicitors based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
While they take on cases involving practically anything, they do specialise in personal injury and medical negligence.
The second is a firm which specialises exclusively in one particular area. These exist for pretty much every type of law, from privacy to PPI.
Ask for Advice
Depending on the reason for your need for a solicitor, you might quite easily find some sound advice. For example, when looking to agree on a deal with an estate agent, they might recommend getting advice from a solicitor they work closely with.
Equally, you might have colleagues, business connections or friends who have enjoyed the services of a particular solicitor in the past that they would happily recommend.
Equally, you can go to independent regulatory authorities which can point you in the right direction. See
Consider the Size of their Firm
Something else which may help you decide on a solicitor is the scale of the legal task at hand. Depending on what you are looking for, the size of the firm you approach may or may not be interested.
For example, if you have a case which you feel could be lengthy or need multiple people to work on it then a large firm might be better. If it is a smaller issue such as a will or a contract, you might be better approaching a smaller firm or solicitor.
Do You Get Along?
Once you have found a few solicitors you feel best suit your needs and budget, it is worth going to meet them before you commit anything.
Depending on the severity or sensitivity of your case, you’re going to want to find someone you feel comfortable with and someone you feel you can trust. The best way to do this is to speak face to face.