How to Choose a Divorce Solicitor

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A quick Google search for advice when going through a divorce will reveal a lot of websites that claim to provide the best advice on the matter – all offering to guide you through the process. The problem is that not all of them are solicitors and as such may not offer the best advice on the subject. I don’t doubt the legitimacy of these websites and their owners, but if they are not solicitors, how helpful can they be to you.

As a solicitor, I have spent more than 25 years representing clients in front of judges in the divorce court. When I see some of the very divergent views offered on the same topic by some of these divorce websites, I wonder at their effectiveness. Choosing a solicitor to represent you in your divorce proceedings is getting harder, not easier and some of these websites are not helping.

Sure, you can find the law set out on one of these websites. But you must be able to interpret this legal advice to your particular situation and specific circumstances. It is common practice to seek a qualified professional to help you with advice and services for something important (I can personally recommend Goodman Ray Solicitors. For example, you wouldn’t go to an accountant with a toothache. Similarly, the best place to find legal advice about your divorce is from a qualified solicitor. A divorce solicitor has seen every scenario related to a divorce and will have the necessary advice to help you through your particular situation.

In this guide, it is my hope that you will find the best criteria to choose a qualified and relevant divorce solicitor with the necessary commitment to see your case through;

  • Choose a solicitor who is registered with the Law Society and is registered and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. You can search for their membership on www.lawsociety.org.uk or www.sra.org.uk
  • Your solicitor’s advice should also be covered by insurance known as Professional Indemnity Insurance. This is the first thing you should ask your solicitor to show you.
  • You should also note that Divorce law is very different from family law. Most professional divorce lawyers are members of Resolution, a national group of such family lawyers sworn to abide by a Code of Practice to work in a non-confrontational way. You can find out more at www.resolution.org.uk
  • Resolution will have its own panel of Accredited Specialists Lawyers, where a family lawyer is often a specialist in two or more areas of family law.
  • Some of these specialist family lawyers are members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.
  • Some family lawyers are also qualified collaborative lawyers who can offer you constructive advice on divorce and separation.
  • While it may not be essential to seek one of these collaborative lawyers, it may show whether the lawyer you are consulting can offer other options by also being a Family Mediator.
  • You want to go for a lawyer with the most experience, particularly a lawyer with more years spent in advocacy in court. Ask and do your research to determine if the lawyer you want to consult with has the necessary experience.
  • You may also want to try and determine if the lawyer is on any national bodies and committees. These lawyers are often instrumental in shaping how the family justice system works.
  • Word of mouth recommendations can also be very helpful when choosing a divorce solicitor. If the lawyer was very helpful to a friend of yours or family member, there is a good chance they could be very helpful to you.
  • Choosing a solicitor is much like choosing a dentist or doctor; the choice is very personal. Chose a lawyer who feels right to you and one who is likely to provide you with the best possible advice on your particular situation.

It is my hope that the information advice will help you find a divorce solicitor who can give you qualified and experienced legal advice. To avoid problems with your divorce, don’t settle on online advice.

January 31, 2019 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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