A solicitor can be employed in a number of different ways throughout our lives. Without seeking the proper guidance of one, legal disputes can be extremely difficult to come through unscathed. Solicitors can discuss your permissible legal options, converse with the opposing party and also represent you in court.
There are numerous cases for which a solicitor can be called upon, from minor personal disputes up to big corporate takeover deals. However, for the average person in the UK the most likely reasons for hiring one include:
Buying or selling a house
When it comes to property, the term ‘conveyancing’ is used to refer to minefield of legal and administrative work associated with transferring property from one person to another. A solicitor, or special licensed conveyer, will draw up all the relevant contracts involved with buying or selling a house, taking the potential stress away your end. Although they will charge for their services, without their experience and legal input the chances of something going wrong will increase. Some sellers may even reject a bid if there is no legal representative involved in the deal.
Getting a divorce
Divorces can get messy, especially if one party is not willing to cooperate or listen to reasonable demands. There can be a number of factors to consider on both sides, such as property, possessions, children, childcare payments, vehicles and pets. You also need to be clued up on how the divorce will affect and benefits and tax credits you have. If a legal battle ensues, solicitors will be able to provide the best council over some crucial decisions.
Drawing up a will
Although it is possible to draw up a will without professional advice as a way to save money this can have detrimental effects on your loved ones once you are gone. Even minor details missed by a poorly worded, neglectful or injudicious will can end up costing your family in the long run. A professional legal advisor will make sure that your wishes are carried out properly after your death and also give advice on possible tax loopholes.
Seeking personal injury compensation
An abundance of TV, radio, internet and newspaper adverts informing us of how compensation can be claimed from an injury that wasn’t your fault have crept into society recently. Teams of specialist lawyers who are trained in personal injury claims are on hand to take your case in respect to accidents that could have been avoided. The most circumstances will involve accidents in the workplace, on the road or in privately owned buildings.
Starting up your own business
Business solicitors are crucial when it comes to sorting the important, and often tedious, legal aspects of your company. From the initial start-up to an unfortunate winding down and everything in between, a professional solicitor can assist even the smallest of matters that can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run. If your business is faced with a lawsuit, then having an established solicitor in place to provide legal representation is also very beneficial.
Solicitors are an unfortunate necessity for many of us at some points in our lives. There are numerous reasons why we might need one, either for simple legal advice or to represent us in court. When coming to appoint one, take your time and commit to a good deal of research beforehand.