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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