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FAMILY SERVICES: Benefits of Instructing a Family Solicitor

Benefits of instructing a family solicitor

Although there is nothing to stop parties to a separation attempting to reach an agreement without professional help, there are risks attached. Thus there is a risk that if there is any imbalance of power within the relationship, then one party could exert undue pressure on the other to agree to an unfavourable financial settlement or arrangement for the children.

As well as ensuring that any agreement reached is fair, taking advice from a Family Solicitor will ensure that your agreement is properly formalised and becomes a Court Order which you will be able to enforce in future if your ex-spouse does not comply with any of the terms. A properly formalised agreement ensures finality and limits the risk of future Court proceedings.

 

What usually stops people from instructing a Family Solicitor?

Two things; risk of increasing acrimony and costs.

Clients often feel that instructing a solicitor may make a difficult situation more acrimonious but this should not be the case. The Family Solicitors at HMG LAW are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes and promoting a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Our aim is always to assist you in reaching amicable solutions quickly and as cost effectively as possible and always one that is in your best interests. Acrimonious Court proceedings can often be avoided in favour of a more conciliatory approach.

Another understandable fear clients have is expensive legal fees. At HMG LAW, we will always discuss costs with you at the very outset of your case and provide you with a costs estimate depending on the particular circumstances and issues involved so there will be no nasty surprises. We can also offer funding arrangements suited to the individual client including, in some cases, delaying payment of fees until the conclusion of the matter. In many cases, we will be able to provide a fixed fee quote for some or all of the work required.

 

What then is the real value of instructing a Family Solicitor?

It is important to appreciate that it can be far more costly in the long term to fail to take legal advice at the outset of a matter. In divorce, proper advice can also be invaluable if family assets include business assets or are complicated, if you suspect your spouse will try to conceal the full extent of their assets, dispose of them or try to remove them from the jurisdiction. We can deal with all of these issues which may require urgent action to minimise the potential damage.

There is also a risk that you could find yourself in trouble with the Court if the matter eventually ends up in Court. For example, there are rules regarding dealing with the other party’s private financial documentation. If these rules are not followed, you could find yourself in trouble with the Court, be ordered to pay costs and, in the worst case scenario, be prosecuted.

Taking legal advice at the very start of the matter gives you the options available to you, the pros and cons of the options and basically gives you information you need to be able to make those important decisions.

Our friendly approachable and experienced Family Lawyers have been helping local residents with family issues for many years. If you do sadly find yourself separating or contemplating separation, please take the opportunity to speak with us to arrange a no obligation fixed fee meeting.

Although there is nothing to stop parties to a separation attempting to reach an agreement without professional help, there are risks attached. Thus there is a risk that if there is any imbalance of power within the relationship, then one party could exert undue pressure on the other to agree to an unfavourable financial settlement or arrangement for the children.

As well as ensuring that any agreement reached is fair, taking advice from a Family Solicitor will ensure that your agreement is properly formalised and becomes a Court Order which you will be able to enforce in future if your ex-spouse does not comply with any of the terms. A properly formalised agreement ensures finality and limits the risk of future Court proceedings.   

Please contact us today to arrange a fixed fee consultation for £100 plus VAT with a family and divorce solicitor in Bicester or Oxford. The fixed fee meeting will last for about an hour and is followed up with a detailed letter of advice.