Obviously, the more time you spend with your solicitor the more it will cost, and the more you ask us to do the more it will cost. This also means that the more that you do yourself the cheaper it will be for you. With access to the internet, there are so many things you can do yourself. You can complete forms yourself and communicate with the courts, the tribunals, the land registry, the probate registry, and other government bodies involved in legal processes.
At some point, you may find that you need some legal advice and you may even need some legal documents drafted. So we have introduced a pay-as-you-go service. This means that when you need legal advice you can call us by telephone or receive face-to-face advice either generally about your options or about a particular aspect of your case. You pay there and then for the time spent with your solicitor or we can open a file and limit our fees to an amount agreed in advance with you. You then go away and deal with the rest of your matter yourself.
This means that you are responsible for any correspondence, you fill in any Court forms that might be required, you deal directly with your opponent or any third parties involved. You can of course have an on-going communication with your solicitor, but you only need to seek advice as and when you need it and pay for it at that particular time or have set agreed limits.
So a typical case may be that you come in for some initial advice and you pay for that fixed fee session at £95 for one hour. You then go away and deal with your legal problem yourself, writing letters, filling in forms – whatever is required. If you need any more advice then you simply send an email or make an appointment with your solicitor, and come in and pay for that advice which may involve the production of a legal document which you pay for and then take away. So you will know exactly where you are in terms of costs, and you can pay for it at the time or up to a pre agreed limit.
As you can see, it is quite a different approach and it is only suitable for people who feel able to deal with most of the issues themselves. Generally, most people prefer to have on-going help and support from a solicitor who can help them through the process because dealing with your own legal problems can be stressful. Sometimes having an independent, rational and sympathetic approach can be very helpful. So it is very much up to you which option you choose.
For more information or to make an appointment please call 01189589711 or e-mail Justin Sadler, our Dispute Resolution and Litigation Partner at [email protected].