Your choice of legal firm will surely greatly depend on the situation you have found yourself in. You might have experienced some sort of injury, need family law or divorce advice, business advice or help drafting your will. None of these situations is pleasant to think about, but they are all a part of life, and you never know what life might throw at you.
The right law firm will be able to help you get through the difficult situation you’ve found yourself in both a professional and humane way while fitting into your budget.
Here are just a few characteristics that will help you distinguish law firms that will take your case seriously and advocate for you.
Trustworthiness And Discretion
You want to be able to trust not only the lawyer(s) you will have direct contact with most of the time but also every other employee in the firm to be discreet with your case, handle it professionally, and with the utmost respect. Initial conversations can help you determine whether or not the lawyers you are talking to really are credible. There are ways to double-check this if you’re not quite sure what to make of your gut feeling, which leads us to our next point.
Positive Feedback From Previous Customers
The firm’s website and other online profiles might help provide you with feedback from past or current clients that have had positive (or perhaps negative) experience with the firm you’re looking into. You might find some useful law firm reviews on specialized sites such as reviewsolicitors.co.uk, or more general ones like Trustpilot or even Facebook. And there is always word of mouth.
Expertise In The Area You Need Help In
There are many types of law, and not all firms specialize in every kind. So be careful to find the law firm that specializes in the area you need help in such as personal injury law, family law, wills, commercial law, financial law, and so on. Ask yourself: how long has this law firm been handling such cases? If they specialize in several areas, how much of their expertise is focused on this particular one?
Financial Consideration And Flexibility
It’s always important to compare prices. Court battles can drag on, fees always exceed your initial expectations and budget, so even incremental differences in prices can make a big difference in the end. They will also inquire about your spending limit and be mindful of your budget.
However, price is not always the alpha and omega. Flexibility also plays an important role. Good law firms and lawyers will be aware that their client is going through tough times. As much as they can, they will be able to work with you flexibly, perhaps slightly adjusting their rates or offering free initial consultations (before you decide to commit to them).
Bear in mind that less experienced lawyers and smaller law firms usually have lower prices. This does not mean their services are lower in quality; they might not have had the chance to build an impressive track record. But these types of firms might actually take better care of you!
Availability And Attentiveness
Trustworthy, experienced, professional law firms will be responsive, show availability, and care towards your needs and inquiries. They will answer calls and respond to emails in a timely manner and be courteous. They will also be open to in-person meetings – it’s easy to respond to an email, but taking the time to meet face to face shows much more respect.
Good responsiveness is a sign that they (1) take your case seriously and (2) that they know how to balance their workload. Many firms can get buried in projects, but they will know how to handle all their individual cases with the respect they deserve.
All this being said, you will hopefully now be able to make smarter choices when it comes to picking a law firm to represent you. We would be lying if we didn’t have a recommendation for you to get started – Optimal Solicitors. We firmly believe they fit all these criteria. If nothing else, their friendly team offers free initial consultations. That’s a good start!