Law is not a game- the importance of seeking legal advice

A High Court judge in Civil Litigation Proceedings recently urged litigants in person to seek legal advice after they made a number of procedural mistakes stating “The law is not a game and it involves both emotional and financial costs”.

Family Law usually involves the most important decisions that can be made about your future- arrangements for your children, decisions on housing, income, and investments.

It is tempting, especially in the current financial climate to save money on legal fees, to research online, and to represent yourself.

There are many benefits to seeking legal advice and many risks in not doing so.

Instructing a family law solicitor could save you costs in the long term

Seeking legal advice at the outset to consider your options and the best way to present your case can save costs in the longer term and result in a more favourable and quicker settlement.  Family solicitors are skilled negotiators, with experience and training to ask relevant questions and identify key issues. Court is a last resort, whilst reaching an agreement through negotiation saves both time and costs.

Our aim is to achieve the best outcome for you and your family

The breakdown of a relationship is an emotional time. You are unlikely to be best placed to objectively present your own case.  A solicitor will work with you, discuss your concerns, advise you, draw out the relevant points to achieve the best outcome for you and your family and then present your case to the other party and if necessary to the court.

There are rules and procedures that must be followed

Law is complex and constantly evolving.  There are rules and procedures that must be followed. Failure to do so can result in costs orders being made or a key point may be missed that affects the outcome. Information found online is not always accurate.  A specialist family solicitor will be able to advise you on the current law and any recent changes to procedures.

Contact our Family Law team

If you need advice or assistance in respect of the above then please do not hesitate to contact the specialist Family Law team here at Browell Smith & Co.

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