How to Choose a Family Law Solicitor

 

How to Choose a Family Law Solicitor

Family Law is one of the most emotive areas of legal practice.

People often need legal guidance at the most critical junctures of their lives and issues relating to family circumstances require not only high-quality advice, but also sensitivity and tact.

Having a qualified legal professional by your side who you can rely on to support you through a divorce or depend on for trusted advice about your children or financial affairs can provide much-needed peace of mind and can be a real advantage in a stressful situation.

However, all too often, people rush into choosing a Family Law solicitor, sometimes simply selecting the first local firm that may come up after a preliminary Google search.

Making sure you instruct the right Family solicitor is crucial and can make a huge difference to the running of your case and its outcome.

Here, our Family Law team examines the key issues to consider when choosing a Family solicitor.

Think about why you need a Family Law solicitor. This might sound obvious, but it is worth taking some time at the start to figure out why you need legal advice and decide what you want to achieve. People need the advice of a Family lawyer for various reasons, including:

  • Divorce.
  • Civil partnership dissolution.
  • Cohabitation agreements.
  • Child arrangement orders.
  • Financial agreements.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Prenuptial agreements.

If you are faced with divorce proceedings, you might need legal advice for the whole process, or in other situations, you may need a lawyer for part of the process, for example, to draft some documentation or check some paperwork.

It is worth working out exactly what you want to achieve and doing a bit of research on the subject before meeting with a solicitor. Researching the area of law that you need help with can also narrow your search to solicitors with that expertise.

Ask for recommendations. Speak to family, friends, and colleagues to find out if anyone has had a positive personal experience with a Family solicitor. It is far better to get a personal recommendation from someone you trust rather than simply relying on Google search results or basing your decision on a high-profile social media presence. You can then follow up on any recommendations by checking out the firm and solicitor online and reading reviews.

Shop around. Talking to two or three law firms should help you get a ‘feel’ for them and help you make a more informed decision. Instructing a solicitor is much like employing any other tradesperson – it is best to get several quotes and see who you are comfortable hiring to do the job.

It is important to find a solicitor who will help you focus on managing conflict and reducing confrontation. Working in an antagonistic way increases costs and creates a hostile environment.

Check whether the solicitor is accredited. Your solicitor should be registered with the Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Other awards and accreditations can include those provided by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Find out how much your solicitor is likely to cost. Always ask for an estimate of the fees at the outset of your case and understand how your solicitor charges. Do they have fixed fees? Do they charge by the hour?

Fees vary widely and depend on:

  • The complexity of your case.
  • Your location.
  • The solicitor’s experience for example, a partner will usually charge more than a junior solicitor.

Do you like them? Do you have a good rapport with the solicitor? Are you comfortable with how they are proposing to handle your case? Are you confident that they will be communicative and keep you informed?

You will be discussing personal and sensitive issues with your solicitor, so it is important that you feel comfortable with them and are happy with their approach.

Family Solicitors Alton and Hampshire

At Bookers & Bolton, our Family team has a reputation for offering a high-quality personal service tailored to meet your needs. We are a well-established firm who are proud to serve our local community and beyond.

Our specialist Family team at Bookers & Bolton are highly experienced and knowledgeable, but we are also approachable, making the stresses of family disputes easier to manage whilst giving you peace of mind that your legal rights are protected.

We can help you with a range of Family Law and matrimonial matters, including:

  • Divorce and Annulment.
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution.
  • Child Arrangement Orders.
  • Financial Agreements.
  • Prenuptial Agreements.
  • Postnuptial Agreements.
  • Separation Agreements.
  • Cohabitation Agreements.
  • Cohabitation Disputes.
  • Parental Responsibility.
  • Domestic Violence.

Regardless of the complexity of your situation, our Family Law solicitors in Alton and Hampshire have the knowledge and expertise to help. We offer a sensitive and understanding yet practical and professional service. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

Get in Touch

For legal advice from experienced Family Law solicitors, please contact us at 01420 82881 or email enquiries@bookersandbolton.co.uk.

To find out more about Bookers & Bolton’s Family Law practice and our team of dedicated Family lawyers, please click here.

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