Why do I Need a Solicitor?
Reasons why you may need a solicitor
When you have a legal problem or dilemma to take care of, your natural instinct may be to seek the guidance of a solicitor, or another legal professional with knowledge of whichever legal area concerns you.
However, you may find yourself asking “why do I need a solicitor?” This is a perfectly legitimate question, particularly in this day and age, with the internet ready at your fingertips to provide you all of the information you could care to acquire on anything at all, including legal advice for many different situations.
On top of that, solicitors and lawyers have had not been highly thought of in many corners for as long as laws have existed – their services can be expensive, and not all of them are trustworthy.
So, why do you need a solicitor? Here are a few good reasons.
Bespoke legal guidance
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books,” and while he may have exaggerated a little, he was right in essence.
Our online legal guidance can be very helpful, and it is certainly worth perusing it carefully before deciding to take the extra step of seeking professional legal advice. However, reading about the law can never compare to truly knowing the law, and having the guidance of an experienced solicitor who understands your case and has experienced similar cases in the past can be invaluable.
This is particularly true if you are involved in a case that goes to court, where it would be highly beneficial to have a legal mind present, ready to guide you through any unexpected twists or turns.
Saving you time and stress
Even if you do know what you are doing, handling legal matters alone is highly unlikely to be easy. The most straightforward case can become very stressful once you realise how much work you have ahead of you.
Researching what you need to do and then carrying it out can take a lot more time than you think, and that time has to come from somewhere, and unless you have plenty of time to spare, you may find yourself spending every waking moment either working or thinking about your legal situation.
A solicitor can help to alleviate some of this pressure – they can think about the case at length so that you don’t have to.
Indemnity against legal mishaps
If you make a mistake or misstep while you are handling your legal case alone, there will ultimately be only one person you can blame – you. And when the consequences of your mistake take their toll, there will be little you can do to avoid them.
A solicitor will be far less likely to make a mistake, given his or her experience. However, nobody is perfect, and sometimes mistakes will happen. Unlike you, however, solicitors are insured against their mistakes with professional indemnity insurance – it would be illegal for them to practice without it.
At least you know that even if things do go horribly wrong with your solicitor, you will have some measure of protection from the fallout.
Different ways to pay for a solicitor
Legal services have a reputation for being very expensive, often prohibitively so – however, there are plenty of options available to those who are worried about their ability to pay for a solicitor’s services, such as government funding in the form of legal aid.
Alternatively, there are many “no win no fee” solicitors and law firms at work in the UK, who will take on your case on the basis that you pay them nothing unless you win.
If neither of these option is available, you still have the option of legal expenses insurance, which can protect you if you if your legal bills start to spiral out of control.
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