We all go through life’s ups and downs and experience periods of a change in our families. It is during these periods of change that we may need advice to navigate the sometimes unexpected and complex family situations that arise.
If you are thinking of changing yours or your child’s name or are dealing with family issues such as a relationship breakdown, child contact arrangements, spousal maintenance or the division of matrimonial assets, you may wonder where to begin when choosing the right family solicitor for help and advice.
Experienced family solicitor Pavinder Khela at Hegarty Solicitors offers advice and tips about choosing the right family solicitor:
Experience – When did they qualify as a solicitor and how long have they specialised in family law? Look for a solicitor who is experienced in the area of family law; the combination of legal knowledge and skills developed over time working in family law will mean your solicitor will be experienced at resolving family problems like yours.
Is the family solicitor a member of Resolution? Check if your solicitor is a member of Resolution, a family law association which promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family problems. Members sign up to codes of conduct which requires they conduct matters in a constructive and non confrontational manner to reach a resolution.
If a solicitor has acquired specialist accreditation with Resolution, they will have shown they have experience, knowledge and demonstrative skills in family law.
Communication – Each solicitor has their own style and approach, but it is important that you feel you are given clear unambiguous legal advice from the outset. A good family solicitor will always make sure they understand exactly what your situation is and how you would like it to change. They will also make sure you fully understand your options. You will get a general impression when you first see your solicitor. Trust your instincts!!!
Support – The breakdown of a marriage and family is never an easy time. Make sure you feel you are in safe hands and receive a good level of consistency with the advice and support you are given throughout your case.
Costs – Ensure you are given clear a cost estimate at the outset of your case. Look for a solicitor that offers a fixed fee appointment for initial advice about your options before taking any further action. Remember court action should always be a last resort as it can be costly; a good solicitor will work to resolve problems without going to court wherever possible.