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.
Dont 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 wouldnt get a carpenter to repair a leaky tap, youre better off getting a solicitor who is a divorce specialist representing you.
Visit the solicitor in person Your emotional and financial well-being may well be affected by the outcome of your divorce and the decision about who represents you shouldnt 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 its important to find someone you trust and feel comfortable talking to in person.
Check their experience While each relationship breakdown is different and unique, its 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 Dont be scared to approach the subject of cost from the outset. Its vital to know how much the solicitors services will cost you. Dont 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, dont be afraid to shop around.
Go with your gut feeling 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 doesnt quite feel right. If thats the case you shouldnt have a problem with looking elsewhere. You dont have to be friends with your solicitor but a good relationship certainly helps!