Before hiring a lawyer in Newcastle, it’s important to know exactly what you need from them. To help you out, we’ve put together three important questions to ask any lawyer before signing on the dotted line.
What are your specialities?
Lawyers can practise in a wide range of legal topics and to differing degrees of detail. Yours may be a family law specialist, but they may also specialise in a specific area of that subject, such as divorce settlements or child custody orders. You should then consider asking them what their recent specialties have been.
You might also inquire about their training and ongoing growth, as well as any knowledge they may have on current legal developments. All of these inquiries are designed to guarantee that you're picking a lawyer who understands what they're doing. While looking around for the greatest price is crucial, it's also vital to note that if you pick a lawyer who isn't skilled enough to win your case, you may wind up spending more.
How are you billing me?
When you engage a lawyer, you may be required to pay a variety of fees. The first is a time-based cost, usually in six-minute increments. You should request that they explain their billing structure and how they will charge you.
Your solicitors will additionally be charged a separate fee for certain duties that they must accomplish for your case. Certain types of documentation, for example, require payment when filed. If you ask this question up front, you will never be surprised by a charge.
How strong is my case?
Finally, you should question your prospective lawyer if they believe you have a solid case.
There's no need to take this personally, especially if it's the first time you've pondered your own situation. This question can be posed more broadly regarding whether they believe your case will hold up in court or what the likelihood of a certain outcome is (e.g. sole custody). It is in your lawyer's best interests to provide an honest response, because no family lawyer worth their salt will waste their time on a case that will fail.
Contact Stowe Family Law Today
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 city of Newcastle.
At Stowe, we work hard to make family law easier to understand and know that each case we handle in Newcastle and across the North East is unique - each one needing tailored support and handled with care.
In choosing Stowe family law Newcastle, 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 Newcastle area going through a family breakdown to move forward in life from a position of renewed strength.
So, if you need the best lawyers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, contact Stowe Family Law today, request a free call back or call us at 01914 390808. Our Newcastle family solicitors office can be found at Stowe Family Law LLP, City Quadrant, 2nd Floor, 11 Waterloo St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4DP.
Sarah advises in all aspects of family law and has experience of divorce cases involving substantial income and capital as well as businesses and trust structures. She also advises on child law, cohabitation and nuptial agreements.