If you are in need of a professional solicitor, then tracking down the right person to work with can be much harder than it seemed on paper. For many of us, asking for legal help represents an unusual occurrence, and reaching out to a firm can feel a little overwhelming – particularly when we don’t know what to expect.
With that in mind, here are five of the most important qualities to look for as you begin your search for a solicitor.
- They are Experienced
As with anything in life, working alongside those who hold years’ worth of practical experience offers you the best possible chances of success.
Of course, no one can hold strong experience in every area of law; the discipline comprises a vast landscape of specialties, all of which are as nuanced and individually complex as the rest. Pursuing a solicitor who holds relevant experience in areas that pertain to your query or need is the only way you can ensure that you are gaining access to a detailed and practice-based understanding of the field of law that pertains to you.
- They are Local
Working with a solicitor who holds a local presence ensures that you are able to deal with your case alongside the daily demands of life, without needing to drop everything and travel halfway across the country each time a document needs to be signed, or a meeting needs to take place.
Some firms spread their presence across multiple offices, ensuring that they are able to offer the best range of expertise to the most people. The legal firm Willans, for instance, has a presence in London, as well as experienced personal and commercial solicitors in Cheltenham, ensuring a local presence for those seeking legal advice in the Gloucestershire area.
- They Boast Good Reviews
Not even lawyers are immune to honest, unbiased reviews – and only the very best will come out on top. Remember that not only are you investing money into working with a solicitor, but you are also investing your time and trust into your professional relationship.
What’s more, many cases involve a certain amount of emotional strain – whether you are going through a divorce, a workplace grievance, or a familial dispute over a will – and that means that you need to feel confident in the person you are choosing to help, guide and represent you through the process.
- They Have Been Rated Independently
In addition to reviews from past and present clients, some of the best resources you can utilise in order to gain a more objective perspective on a prospective firm are legal directories, such as the Legal 500, which dictates a high standard for those firms it includes on its website.
- You Feel a Rapport with Them
Similarly, in order to feel confident investing your trust in your chosen solicitor, you should always take the time to ensure that you feel able to build a professional rapport with them. It is one thing to respect an individual’s credentials but, when it comes to discussing and divulging details pertaining to your case that might be sensitive or emotionally charged, it is vital that you feel comfortable with them in order to do so. Many of the primary reasons we turn to legal help represent times of emotional upheaval and difficult times in our lives. Working with a solicitor we feel able to trust is essential to ensuring we make it to the other side with the least resistance and stress.