Early advice ‘saves money’

Family Law|November 27th 2017

People who receive early legal advice are more likely to resolve their problems quickly new research suggests.

Conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Law Society, the pollsters found a clear link between advice within the first three months of a case and the chances of resolution within a similar time period. A quarter of those who did not receive early advice were unable to resolve their cases for a full nine months. They were 20 per cent less likely to resolve their case overall.

Law Society Vice President Christina Blacklaws said:

“Without early legal advice, relatively minor problems can escalate, creating health, social and financial problems, placing additional pressure and cost on already stretched public services.’

The Society called on the government to restore legal aid for early advice in both family disputes and housing cases.

The Vice President explained:

“The current situation is unsustainable. If early advice was available to those who need it, issues could be resolved before they worsen and become more costly for the individual – and the public purse.”

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  1. rumble says:

    The costs of multiple applications are far greater with minimal results, than the government
    giving legal aid.

  2. Seriously says:

    All well and good , though I know a few Solicitors who only add to the problem by instigating unnecessary litigation and inflammatory comments.

  3. Ned says:

    The Law Society’s view is probably almost incontrovertible. It certainly makes a lot of sense.

    But my wonderful ex, for instance, took it into her scheming head to launch her divorce whilst I was overseas for a few weeks. By the time I got back, the case was already started and well under way….

    This sort of “dirty trick” is similar to “conflicting out” — certainly it achieves much the same sort of end — to put the other side at a disadvantage.

    And of course, it achieves the first blow — thus consigning the other to a defensive position, and a concomitant more positive view by the court of the petitioner, than of the enforced defendant.

    Both are tricks that perhaps one should do well to remember — if one ever gets married again….

    Okay, it’s a cynical view, but it deserves some thought. At least get to know one’s future partner VERY well indeed, unless one wants to end up in the arms of a professional “scammer”, of which we hear so much nowadays — because there ARE more of them.

    And because the courts have yet to catch up with the trend, they simply (ignorantly?) deal with the matter as if it were an ordinary marriage that just hit the rocks. When it was ALL PLANNED.

    As some of us know only too well….

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