Before you hire a lawyer, you have to know that they’ll be worth your time. But besides checking their reviews and testimonials, how can you tell?
The brief guide below sets out three questions you can ask a Harrogate family lawyer before you hire them. Between asking the right questions, and doing a little background research, you can easily find one that will meet your needs—and more. If you have any more questions, contact our family law solicitors in Harrogate.
What do you specialise in?
Lawyers can specialise in a variety of areas of law and at varying degrees within those areas. All of our lawyers practise family law and can provide knowledge in child arrangement orders, spousal support, divorce settlements, and other areas. As a result, inquire about the lawyer's area of expertise.
Even better, you might ask them how they've demonstrated their skill in recent years. You might request samples of recent cases, training and ongoing growth, and knowledge of current legal developments.
All of these questions are designed to ensure that you have the finest possible ally fighting your corner for you. Needless to say, hiring a specialist rather than a "jack of all trades, master of none" is preferable.
What are your costs and how are they billed?
Lawyers bill their clients in a variety of ways. While you may be acquainted with the concept of 'no win, no fee,' it is not used by every lawyer, and it is significantly less frequent outside of personal injury cases. Before proceeding, you should ask your lawyer to define how they charge so that you have a complete understanding of the facts.
In a nutshell, you will have to pay two types of fees: an hourly charge for your lawyer's work and predetermined fees for certain actions such as completing specific papers. You can look around for the best price, but this must be evaluated against the possibility of your case failing if you pick a substandard lawyer.
How strong is my case?
This may appear to be an unusual question to ask; after all, you may believe that your prospective lawyer would simply tell you what you want to hear in order for you to employ them. This, however, is not the case.
For one reason, solicitors prefer not to take on cases that are very likely to fail. They do not want to squander their time or the time of their clients.
Stowe Family Law Harrogate
We’re Stowe Family Law, the only national law firm dedicated to family matters with the UK’s largest team of specialist family lawyers and an office in the heart of the town of Harrogate.
At Stowe, we work hard to make family law easier to understand and know that each case is unique - each one needing tailored support and handled with care.
In choosing Stowe family law Harrogate, clients are guided through the process with empathy and care and the reassurance that they have the right team of people by their side.
With offices across the UK, we practice all areas of family law and support people in the Harrogate area going through a family breakdown to move forward in life from a position of renewed strength.
So, if you need the best family law advice Harrogate has to offer, contact Stowe Family Law today, request a free call back or call us at 01423 588495. Our Harrogate family solicitors office can be found at Stowe Family Law LLP, Royal Chambers, 110 Station Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1EP.
Chris is the Managing Partner at Stowe Family Law's Harrogate, Beverley and York offices.
Sharp, knowledgeable and determined with a no-nonsense approach, Chris combines legal expertise of matrimonial finance and divorce with empathy to ensure clients trust in him and know they are in safe hands and supported.