Do you need a solicitor?

There are many different legal issues for which you might require a solicitor's advice. You might have been injured in an accident, you might have been wrongfully dismissed from your job, or you might be thinking about writing a will.

Solicitors can help you with legal problems after they come up, for example after a car accident, but in other instances consulting a solicitor before a legal issue arises can help you anticipate and prevent serious legal problems.

Situations often requiring a solicitor

Assistance from a solicitor may be necessary in the following situations:

  • Discrimination or harassment at work
  • An accident involving personal injury or property damage
  • A family problem such as divorce or a child custody dispute
  • The sale or purchase of a home, real estate, or a business
  • Drafting a will, trust, or estate plan
  • The formation or incorporation of a business
  • Dealing with a compromise agreement
  • A tax problem

What will a solicitor do?

A solicitor will assess your matter and tell you from the outset if it is worth your while instructing them to obtain legal advice. If the benefits of obtaining legal advice do not clearly outweigh the legal costs then the solicitor will inform you of this, and you won't incur time and expense unnecessarily.

It is always a solicitor who is best-placed to make this decision.

If the solicitor advises you that legal action or assistance is necessary, they will evaluate each aspect of your situation and explain your possible options and what to expect at each step. They will then take any action necessary to ensure that your rights are fully assessed and protected.

This can include researching the law, interviewing witnesses, collecting records, conferring with expert consultants, planning legal strategy, preparing and filing the necessary paperwork, and negotiating with insurers and the other side - all with a view to ensuring the best possible outcome for your legal issue.

What if you don't require a solicitor?

Most legal situations (such as those identified above) do require the assistance of an experienced solicitor. But for other less serious matters, you might be able to represent yourself. For example, you may be able to resolve less serious legal disputes by writing letters or negotiating informally with the other side.

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