How to Choose a Solicitor: 5 Factors to Think About

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When it comes to legal matters, especially those that involve your family, your choice of representation is incredibly important. That’s why it’s vital to know how to choose a solicitor that suits your needs best.

Whether you’re in search of a divorce solicitor to handle the legal proceedings of the end of your marriage, or are in need of a family lawyer for other reasons, you need to be confident that they are capable of doing a good job. As tempting as might be, the process of finding your chosen solicitor is a crucial stage and not one to be rushed.

In this article, we’ll highlight some things you need to consider to give you a better idea of how to choose a solicitor that you can rely on.

1. Your Family Lawyer Doesn’t Need to be Local

Although we’re in the digital age and at the forefront of technology, people still insist on opting for a local family lawyer. Nearly all of your communication with a solicitor — even if they are local — will be via phone, post, email, or even video chat in some cases. None of these methods requires face-to-face meetings, so it makes sense choose a solicitor based on quality, not geography.

Take us, for example. KMJ Solicitors is a London-based firm that represent clients from all over the UK. Does it hinder our ability to provide a high-quality service if a client doesn’t live in the London area? Absolutely not. Whether you’re 100 miles away or our next door neighbour, if you come to us for legal assistance, you’ll receive nothing but the best.

2. Shop Around for a Solicitor You Can Trust

Shopping around for a family lawyer is definitely more sensible than just going with the first firm you stumble upon. This will give you a good chance to establish whether they are a good fit in regards to your budget, as well as your specific needs. It will also help you to find a solicitor that you like and feel that you can trust to handle your legal issues.

When we say “like”, it doesn’t mean that you think they are a lovely person. We mean you like the way they carry themselves as a professional and feel that they are the best person for the job. At KMJ Solicitors, we offer a FREE, no-obligation consultation that allows you to get a feel for how we operate as a firm and get a clear idea of precisely what we can do for you.

3. Do Your Research

Before you begin the search for a solicitor, you first need to establish exactly what you’re hoping to achieve and the services you require to do so. From here, you can begin to compare different firms, decide what cost you can afford, and use multiple consultations as a way to find a lawyer that suits your needs.

Doing a bit of research will help you massively to narrow down a firm that specialises in the field that you need help with. Here at KMJ Solicitors, we specialise in family law and divorce, meaning that we’re able to rely on the experience and knowledge gained by working on these types of cases day in and day out.

4. Cheap Doesn’t Mean Good

One of the most significant concerns when it comes to choosing a lawyer is how much it will cost, especially when your reason for seeking legal help — such as a divorce — could already cost you a lot of money. It’s for this reason that you may be tempted to find the cheapest possible option and stick with it regardless. While this will definitely save you a bit of money, it definitely won’t do you any favours in the long run.

If you contact a variety of different firms and get some quotes for how much their services will cost, you’ll then be able to compare each of them in regards to their quality, as well as the expense. But, it’s vital not to get too focused on the price and allow it to hinder your judgement.  

5. A Breakdown of All the Costs is Crucial

Another thing to consider when it comes to the overall cost is making sure that you’re aware of each and every fee that you’ll have to pay. Although you might initially be given a quote that seems like a bargain, you may come to find that this is just for one part of the service and several additional costs come with it.

At KMJ Solicitors, the reason we offer a free no-obligation consultation is because we like to give our clients a detailed overview of the strategy we intend to take, along with a full breakdown of all of the costs involved. This not only ensures that you are receiving the best possible legal support, but also that you are comfortable and aware of how much it will cost you overall.

So, now that you know how to choose a solicitor, it’s time to pick the right one. KMJ Solicitors is a bespoke firm of family lawyers and divorce solicitors offering a wide range of legal services. Get in touch today to book your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.