The decision to divorce is not an easy one and nor is the decision regarding which solicitor should represent you. We have come up with 5 simple tips which should help you find the ideal solicitor to help you through your divorce.
Donít use your normal solicitor - Although you might already have a solicitor you have used before; for example for a house purchase. It is nice to have a relationship with your solicitor but they might not be best suited to the situation. Solicitors tend to specialise in certain areas and it really helps to get the right horse for the right course. Much like you wouldnít get a carpenter to repair a leaky tap, youíre better off getting a solicitor who is a divorce specialist representing you.
Visit the solicitor in person Ė Your emotional and financial well-being may well be affected by the outcome of your divorce and the decision about who represents you shouldnít be taken lightly. You may well have to tell them secrets about your relationship and almost certainly will have to reveal your financial circumstances as well, so itís important to find someone you trust and feel comfortable talking to in person.
Check their experience Ė While each relationship breakdown is different and unique, itís important to check that your solicitor has had relevant experience. For example if you see your settlement going to court, be sure to check whether they have had any courtroom exposure in similar cases. It might also be worth asking if they have any testimonials from their other clients.
Ask about fees Ė Donít be scared to approach the subject of cost from the outset. Itís vital to know how much the solicitorís services will cost you. Donít feel embarrassed asking, they will be used to being asked and normally are quite upfront about their fees. While it is certainly not the best strategy to choose your solicitor by price alone, donít be afraid to shop around.
Go with your gut feeling Ė At the end of the day you will be placing quite a lot of trust in the person you choose to represent you, so you should go with your heart. Someone might be perfectly qualified, with lots of experience and competitively priced but something doesnít quite feel right. If thatís the case you shouldnít have a problem with looking elsewhere. You donít have to be friends with your solicitor but a good relationship certainly helps!