Legal Advice v Legal Information

Difference between Financial Advice and Legal Information.

Legal support is the assistance given to a person or body which enables them to access the legal system in the form of legal information, or legal advice. It is important to understand the differences between these services when accepting legal support so that clarity is achieved from the outset of any legal support.

Legal advice is the application of legal principles to a legal issue and then advising on what to or providing options on how the legal situation can be resolved. Legal advice is only given to persons by professional qualified licenced persons. For example, one needs to be registered with OISC to provide immigration advice. A professional would have no hesitation in supplying or displaying their credentials and experiences to a potential client or enquirer to their services.

Legal information is about providing general information about a topic that is not specific to a person in particular; anyone can use this information. Legal information that enables the enquirer to access the law and is available through websites, leaflets, and books and referrals to free legal workshops, lawyers. Consultants can be persons who are qualified in law, non-practising solicitors, advocates or even business consultants. 

Consultants often recognise a legal issue within a client’s presentation and recommend that licenced legal practitioners may help them, but are not allowed to interpret legal advice or complete legal documents, although they can scribe for a client. Legal support through consultations and information help accelerate a client’s enquiry by finding the case law or statutes that the person is looking for; administrative tasks such as scribing, writing letters of complaints, contacting professionals on behalf of the client and collating and summarising information about a situation are examples of a consultant’s work that will help a client decide whether or not to acquire the services of a solicitor or other legal professional. 

Consultants can work independently or as part of organizations, societies or advice centres. What is important is that consultants explain their role to the client and what the client can expect from the consultation. It is true that solicitors can be contacted directly in the first instance however availability can be an issue due to high demand in a locality. The purpose of websites that advertise a range of solicitor practices and independent professionals assist a person with options to choose the professionals online that may be most appropriate for their circumstances in terms of their locality, niche expertise, fees and time availability.

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Find the right solicitor for you

How do I find a solicitor that is right for me?

There are a number of ways to find a solicitor that is right for your legal problem. You can approach your local solicitor directly to see whether he or she has the expertise in your area.

It is, however, advisable to contact a number of solicitors and ask a number of questions so that help you make the decision that is right for you rather than rely on the nearest solicitor that you can find.

You need to compare the fees, the expertise, the length of time it would take to solve your problem, the communication that you will receive and also your intuition and personal chemistry with the solicitor.

There is a range of methods by which solicitors charge fees to their clients. Some solicitors charge by the hour, some rely on a fixed fee and or conditional fee arrangement where their fees depend on the success of your case.

You also need to consider how you are going to pay for these fees and whether or not you will require a legal insurance arrangement. A good solicitor will explain the options available to you regarding paying for the services.

Some solicitor firms are known for their expertise in certain legal areas, whereas others prefer to provide a range of services. An example of these are the high street solicitors practices that are more community based and need to be flexible in the range of needs of the members of their communities.

People are increasingly using the internet to find solicitors that would most closely match their requirements. Thus it is possible to work with a solicitor that works a long distance from where you live with a few visits during your time with the solicitor. So by researching a solicitor’s services online, you are likely to become well-briefed to make your choice.

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