During the last few decades, you would be considered exceedingly lucky if you were able to make it through your life without consulting a legal professional.
As contracts become more complex at work and more people have disputes over inheritance and extended family rights, there are more reasons than ever before as to why you might need legal advice.
So, when you find yourself in need of a legal professional, how do you know which one to choose to represent your legal interests? This is where it can get a bit tricky and in this article some top tips for finding the right solicitors Portsmouth for you are provided, to make your search easier.
Bigger is not necessarily better
It can be all too tempting to choose the largest legal firm; after all, they have put money into advertising and SEO, so they must be the best, right?
Sadly, this is not always the case and many people are surprised at how little investment larger firms put into their cases. Often, when you hire a professional from a larger firm, they will delegate their workload to trainees and lower members of staff, who may be more prone to making errors.
So, don’t be blinded by the big lights (so to speak) and put a lot of time into researching solicitor firms that have the expertise you want.
Local isn’t always convenient
In the last year, many people have learned that location and work are no longer so closely interconnected, with many people now being able to work online and via group apps.
And so, while it can once again be all too easy to choose a firm close to yourself, do not be afraid of going further afield if you aren’t happy with the firms nearest to you.
Many solicitor firms offer online consultations, so if they aren’t within walking distance, all you have to do is turn on your computer or phone! Simple!
Does your legal expert use big words that confuse you, or do they break it down?
When you are shopping around for legal representation, it is important to keep an eye out for this; while you don’t want to be the expert on your case, a good representative will take the time to explain every aspect of your case to you, alongside how they are managing it.
Experience and qualifications
A point to never be overlooked is being aware of the qualifications and expertise of any legal professional.
When you meet with them (online or in-person), do not be afraid of asking them about their qualifications and their experience in cases similar to yours. How often have they won cases? Do they seem confident? If they rarely win and seem overwhelmed or parry your questions, move on.
Like most things, there is no shame in shopping around for the best legal professional.
Read reviews online, draw up a set interview query list and always take note of how they treat you. If you feel slightly uncomfortable, move on!