Identifying and approaching a solicitor for legal help can be one of the more daunting prospects for families and carers of children with a disability. The choice of your solicitor is critically important. Choosing the wrong solicitor could have significant consequences. If for any reason you are not happy with the service that your solicitor is providing, please contact the firm directly through their own complaints management system. This information can be found on their website. If you are unhappy with the general quality of the service offered by a law firm, we suggest that you contact the Legal Services Ombudsman.
Remember – the law and the lawyers are there to help you. Solicitors are trained to bring help to those people who need it.
All solicitors have the same general qualification, but most specialise in one area of the law. When starting your search, it will quickly become obvious that there are countless solicitors offering representation in the field you need. However, not all of them will specialise in the field to the degree that you will require.
Quite understandably, you will want to make sure that you chose a true expert in the field, and someone who you can work with. You need to be able to communicate with your solicitor. Solicitors are all individuals and they each have their own way of working. The key is to identify someone who you are comfortable with, but who also has a high level of specialist expertise. In reality, this will narrow your search considerably.
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