If you are seeking legal advice and aren’t sure where to start, this article should give you an insight on where to look and any potential costs. Please read below for more information on legal advice in the UK.
Where to Look?
Looking for legal advice can be tricky for some. There are many places that offer it, may different services and all ranging in cost. However, knowing where to look can be a huge help in getting the ball rolling.
Firstly, think about what you require legal advice for. Knowing the exact type of advice, you need will narrow it down a lot. You could be looking for advice in many areas including employment, family, benefits and much more. So, decide what you are specifically looking for.
The alternative option is using a solicitor. However, this can be very costly. Unless you are certain you want to use a solicitor, there are a ton of alternatives and some may even be free.
If you are looking for an alternative to a solicitor, the first place to check is your local advice bureau. They can give you the specific contact details for your case and help you along the way. Another place to check is the internet. 99% of services are now listed online so finding one shouldn’t be too hard. Simply search for ‘[Area of advice] legal advice UL’. This will pull all of the results that are related to the area you require.
You are likely to see a large range of costs in the legal advice industry. Some places offer free advice whereas some may charge for consultations etc.
If you are going down the solicitor route, asking the solicitor about costs will give you all the information you need. They will be happy to give you an estimate on how much it will cost and what happens if they are required to do more work than originally thought. You are looking roughly at £100-200 per hour depending on the experience of the solicitor. (Prices aren’t 100% accurate but a ballpark from online searches).
If you are looking for an alternative route, checking the FAQ’s or even prices area on specific websites will help. If the company you are looking at do not display prices, your best option is to call up and enquire.
Overall, finding legal advice can be hard. However, there are many companies out there waiting to help.