Make sure you are clear and focused about what you are trying to achieve so you don’t waste your time and money.
Before you make any appointments, talk to three or four different solicitors – you’ll want information about charges, whether an initial consultation is free or charged for, how they handle the longer term adviser/client relationship if that’s relevant - and anything else that is important to you, such as whether they are willing to come and see you in your own home or workplace.
Ask about their qualifications – what they are, what they mean; ask how long the firm has been in business, and what your adviser specialises in.
Ask about ways to pay charges and fees that might make it easier for you – and as with all things these days, if you think it’s too expensive, see if you can negotiate a better deal or payment options that suit you better.
Do they talk to you in plain English or are they using jargon terms that you don’t understand?
Solicitors should have a practising certificate, which tells you they are fully qualified and insured, which most display in their offices. If you have any concerns, you can check with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
Use the options within our online search to refine and focus your search to get a list of the advisers who best fit your needs.