What are the difficulties of finding lawyers online?

 

Many lawyers today are choosing to advertise online. With so many lawyers to choose from, when searching for lawyers online it can be difficult to know which firms are reputable. It is also difficult to know whether the lawyer is specialised in your particular area and whether they have had experience with similar cases. On top of that, you need to consider their location and costs.

Are advertised 'low costs' really low?

One thing to be careful of is that lawyers online often advertise very low costs. It is important to remember that low-advertised costs, such as low hourly rates, do not necessarily mean that the firm will be the most cost-effective firm to use. Experienced lawyers may charge a higher rate to reflect their experience, however they may complete the work in half the time that a junior lawyer charging a lower rate might take, thus making the experienced lawyer more cost-effective in the end. It is important to speak to your lawyer about the estimated costs of your legal matter before instructing them.

At the same time, it is important to remember that lawyers online may legitimately be able to offer lower costs because they may work remotely, saving the costs associated with centrally located offices. Using lawyers remotely can be beneficial, as many legal matters may not require you to sit face-to-face with a solicitor; often a solicitor will only need to work from documents that you can send or fax them, and communicate by telephone and email. For example, many conveyancing matters can be done efficiently and cost-effectively remotely. Many people find a service provided remotely more convenient for them, as it avoids the need to take time off work to meet with the lawyer.

Contact Law can take the hard work out of searching for lawyers online by selecting the right lawyer for you based on your preferences. If you give us some information about your legal situation and your preferences in terms of costs and location, we will get you in touch with an experienced specialist solicitor at the right price, with a guaranteed service level, quickly and easily.

If you would like help finding recommended lawyers, Contact Law can put you in touch with a firm we work with free of charge. If you have any questions please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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