There are many times in life when people need a lawyer. These can include buying or selling a home, making a will, dealing with probate, inheritance tax planning, dealing with employment issues and many more. In these circumstances it’s vital you find a lawyer who will deliver a trustworthy service and specialises in the area of law you need assistance with.
One of the best ways to find a lawyer is through personal recommendation. Ask around your friends and family, and you’re sure to find that someone has needed a lawyer for similar reasons and may be happy to recommend someone. If you can’t find a lawyer in this way, then a great place to start is by searching through the Law Society, who have a website search engine listing law firms worldwide. You can search for a lawyer who is close to you and who specialises in a certain area of law.
If you think you’ve found a lawyer you’re happy with, remember to check they hold a practising certificate issued by the regulating authority, which is called the Solicitors Regulation Authority. All lawyers must hold this certificate to be able to practice law, as it guarantees that they are appropriately qualified and have insurance to protect you in the event of things going wrong.
Before making a decision about which lawyer you want to use, it may be a good idea to ‘shop around’. Find out about different lawyers working locally to you and get quotes from several. As well as making your decision based on price, remember to consider whether you feel respected and cared for by the lawyer, and also whether they’re experienced in dealing with matters like yours.