Why Do You Need a Solicitor?
With the internet affording us all wider access to legal information and services, it can be tempting to ‘go it alone’ when dealing with life’s legal matters. But is it really as straightforward as it seems? Although there may be times when a quick Google search is enough to help you sort out a minor issue, most legal concerns are best handled with the support of a qualified solicitor.
Whether you’re planning your future and want to get your affairs in order, or suddenly find yourself in the centre of an unexpected legal dispute, here’s why the advice of a solicitor can be invaluable.
- Expert guidance
There are times in life when we need to consult the experts – e.g. doctors, dentists, plumbers – whoever it is that has the required expertise and training to fix the issue properly. Legal matters are no different. A qualified solicitor has demonstrated their competence to practice law and is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. While solicitors have an overall knowledge of the law, many specialise in particular areas, such as family law, property law, employment law, dispute resolution, commercial law and private client matters. Solicitors are also often members of other professional bodies related to their fields of expertise.
Continuous professional development is an integral feature of any qualified solicitor’s role and annual registration requirements, which means clients can expect up-to-date advice from someone who has proven they meet the exacting training standards set by regulators.
- Value for money
While the cost of seeking legal advice is often a factor that deters people from using a solicitor, it’s not as prohibitive as you may think. Many law firms understand that legal costs aren’t easy for many people to find in their budget and can offer flexible payment plans in some circumstances. In other cases, Legal Aid may be available. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on any costs and payment options that are available.
There’s also a financial advantage in getting things right first time. The initial outlay will often reap benefits further down the line - draft that contract correctly, ensure the validity of your will or reach a sensible agreement on child maintenance payments and you will often save in the longer term. A good solicitor may also be able to help you benefit financially by virtue of their expertise in a certain area of law, such as tax planning, for example.
- Peace of mind
Legal problems are often complex and stressful, whether it’s divorce, business disputes, moving house or planning for older age. Having an experienced lawyer who can explain things fully, give you the clarity you need to make important decisions and guide you through the process can make life so much easier.
In contentious situations, people can often feel unsupported and legal woes can seem insurmountable. A good lawyer will give you the confidence that someone is on your side and can also help mediate in order to reach an amicable resolution. With the right legal professional behind you, you may be able to sort out that pressing legal problem more quickly, thoroughly and painlessly than you thought.
At Rowberry Morris, we’ve been the ‘lawyers for life’ of clients across the Thames Valley for over 60 years. Building long-lasting relationships and being there for people when they need us is something we’ve always taken great pride in.
With a range of services and specialisms, our friendly and experienced solicitors are always happy to help you navigate the legal side of life. Our strong network of local connections and regional knowledge mean we are well placed to serve our local communities across the Reading, Tadley, Staines and Richmond areas. With bespoke support from our legal experts, you can rest assured your legal matters are in good hands.
To find out more about our legal services in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and West London, please get in touch with your nearest Rowberry Morris office.
The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.