Not many people agree on things nowadays. There is probably an even split about Brexit, and whether it is a good or a bad thing. But one thing most people do agree with, is that solicitors should be more open about their fees.
The truth is that the average person who has not got a will or power of attorney, tends not ot know what a solicitor really does or whether their fees are good value or not.
And when there are now hundreds of firms, including will writers, banks and accountants all offering legal services it means the legal landscape is even more confusing.
As well as not knowing who is who, what they do and what their legal responsibilities are, people are not always clear about fees or “hidden” expenses.
Our aim at Barrett and Co is always to provide as much clarity as possible and to this end we have published our prices on Employment, Wills, Debt Collection and Litigation – see our website for details.
We are guided by the fact that most individuals do benefit from legal advice:
i.e. whether that is planning for their own demise, possible incapacity, guardians for children or retaining family wealth or getting redundancy pay. These things are complex. And you are better off getting the right help because there will be a gap in your knowledge that will cost you in the long run.
Just like apples, there are good solicitors and bad ones. Although not many solicitors will sell you something you do not need, it does happen. More likely, you’ll fall prey to a non-regulated legal company that will make a mistake with your legal work.
So how do you choose the good apples that are clearly priced and offer value?
Firstly, you must realise that you are the boss when it comes to your life. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to getting your legal affairs in order.
So, make sure your solicitor offers you a bespoke service that is tailored to your needs.
They should offer the chance to work with them on a try before you commit basis – even if for a small fee, it will give you confidence that you are both serious about getting things sorted.
Your chosen firm should be able to point to dozens of loyal clients that have publicly stated their satisfaction with the firm in your required area of law.
They should also show their fees and how they are calculated so that you can make an informed choice about the work they propose to do and its value.
And finally, make sure that they are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The registration number will be at the foot of any email or website the firm uses.
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At Barrett & Co we keep our fees transparent so you know exactly what you’re getting. Visit our Legal Costs Estimate page to see a full run-down of what you can expect to pay.