What kind of assistance can you ask a lawyer for?


If you have a legal question about your affairs or are involved in a legal dispute, you should ask a lawyer that specialises in the relevant field. It is often beneficial to ask a lawyer at the very early stages of your problem or enquiry, as getting the correct advice at the outset will often save you money and stress in the long run. Many law firms offer short initial consultations which allow you to ask a lawyer for some general advice and get some pointers on resolving your problem. You should always check at what point, and one what basis, your solicitor will charge you for their assistance.

If an initial consultation does not resolve your problem you may choose to instruct your solicitor to resolve the problem on your behalf. For example, drafting contracts and conveyancing will require solicitors to complete large amounts of documentation and applications. Other more complex matters may require your solicitor to negotiate with the other side and attend a court or tribunal. In these circumstances you will need to fully instruct a solicitor to get the assistance you require.

There are methods available which allow you to get the assistance of a solicitor without having to pay large bills. These methods will only be available in certain areas of law and in certain circumstances. For example, you may be able to obtain assistance on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that if your case is unsuccessful you do not have to pay your solicitor’s fees. However, there are usually some costs involved and you need to carefully ask your lawyer about these. Additionally, you will usually have to pay for a risk assessment, which entails the solicitor spending some time looking into the case to determine whether they think you have a viable case and whether they are willing to accept the case on a no-win, no-fee basis.

If you require legal advice, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist lawyer free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding lawyers please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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