Professionals are required to have some degree of expertise when advising their client. The client should demand to receive a high standard of treatment. When things don’t always work out this way, people become afraid to question the methods of the professional and negligence can often go unpunished. For professional negligence solicitors, you should put the following into consideration.
1. Know what kind of solicitor you need
There are lots of different types of solicitors out there, specialising in different areas of law. Whatever your legal problem is, you need to be sure that the solicitor you hire has experience in dealing with your case. So think about what your legal problem is. Do you need a solicitor who specializes in family law and childcare issues or maybe one who specializes in commercial property? Perhaps you need help in more than one area of law, for example, you may need advice on what legal business structure you should use for a new business and on protecting your intellectual property. Think about exactly what type of legal expertise you require before you start your search.
2. Decide what type of Law Firm you need
Now you know what type of solicitor you need, your next step is to decide the law firm that is best for you. There are lots of different kinds of law firms, and these can vary greatly regarding size, price and legal services provided. Smaller law firms are often believed to be the most competitively priced (although this is not always the case). Niche law firms, who only specialize in one specific area of law, are a good choice if you know you only require help in one legal area, such as employment or intellectual property. If you need help in more than one legal area, a “full-service law firm” may be your best option.
3. Find Law firms and Solicitors
Now you have an idea of what type of solicitor and law firm you need your next job is to find them. Most solicitors nowadays will have a website and a lot of firms advertise online. However, it is often the firms with the biggest marketing budgets which appear at the top of a Google search, and these may not always be the best fit for you or offer the most competitive price. There are lots of solicitor’s directory websites which let you search for solicitor’s firms. Almost all of these require solicitors to pay to be listed with them.
4. Ask Solicitors for Quotes
Once you have found solicitors, who can help you it is a good idea to ask for quotes. Most solicitors will charge you in one of two ways: according to their hourly fee or according to a pre-agreed fixed fee quote. Solicitors tend to provide fixed fee quotes for legal work where they can roughly predict the level of work and time which will be involved.
5. Compare Solicitors and Choose the Best one
You now need to compare your solicitors alongside their quotes and decide which is best. It is also a good idea to check whether a law firm has been awarded any quality marks by their regulator, the Law Society. Law firms will usually advertise any quality marks they have been awarded on their website. Comparing the experience of the solicitor who will be dealing with your case is also important. Most solicitors will be happy to tell you about their relevant experience.