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Part 1: I think I need legal advice, what do I do next?

Choosing the right Family Law solicitors

Choose a Family Law solicitor

Make an appointment with a Family Law solicitor that you choose

Ignore any ‘legal advice’ you’ve been given by well-meaning friends and family. If you need legal advice, get it from a qualified solicitor who specialises in Family Law.

Although friends and family have the best of intentions, they may base their ‘advice’ on their own experiences or on something they’ve read in the newspaper, and laws change so frequently that what happened in their case might not happen in yours.

Why you need a Family Law expert

In Family Law, every single case is unique and has its own set of facts. The advice you receive from us as Family Law solicitors is tailored to your case – and we are always fully up-to-date with the Law. What we advise one client may not be the same for another client.

If you know you’re getting proper advice, you will feel more confident in making a decision.

Choosing your Solicitor

Once you’ve decided to get some proper legal advice, the best starting point is to go to a solicitor who has been recommended to you.

at Cunningtons, we are proud to say that most of our clients come to us having been recommended to us by friends and family. They are happy to recommend us as they know we will look after you too and that we provide you with a professional service.

Whoever you choose, give the solicitor a call and be prepared to answer a few crucial questions.

The Nitty-gritty: Meeting your Family Law solicitor

When you meet your solicitor, you will need to give your full name, address and date of birth.

You will also need to provide the details of anyone else involved in the case too. This isn’t because we write to them or contact them, but it does enable us to check our system to see if we have ever given them legal advice before. If so, we won’t be able to give you advice as well but can recommend you to another firm.

You should expect to be able to book an appointment with your chosen solicitor within a couple of days.

We know it can be hard to motivate yourself to see a Family Law solicitor and you will want to strike while the iron is hot, so we do our very best to meet with you as soon as possible.

We suggest taking any relevant paperwork or figures along to the appointment, along with your marriage certificate, some photo ID and a couple of proofs of address.

If your case is about the finances, the more detail you are able to give about the value of your assets, the more specific the advice will be.


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Next time: Part 2: Ten Questions To Ask Your Family Law Solicitor


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