The law is complicated and, to anyone outside the legal system, it can be a real minefield. As such, personal legal assistance is a vital part of our society, providing advice and representation to those who need it.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the role and duties of a solicitor and some of the services they can provide to you.
What Is A Solicitor?
To those unfamiliar with the UK legal system, the terminology can be a little confusing. That’s because, while Americans call all legal representatives ‘lawyers’, in the UK we divide the field into barristers and solicitors. For our purposes, the distinction between the two is not too significant and, generally speaking, you can consider the terms solicitor to be synonymous with the term lawyer.
But what exactly does a solicitor do? Well, while a solicitor can have many responsibilities, their main role is to be the legal advocate of their client. That can mean representing their clients in court (though this is dependent on which legal court we’re talking about) but it can also mean advising them in legal matters.
Put simply, the main role of a solicitor is to understand the law and use that understanding to help you in your legal matters.
Personal Legal Assistance
A solicitor’s responsibilities can extend to both corporate and personal legal assistance, but today we’re going to be talking about the latter. Personal legal assistance is a pretty basic requirement in everything from family to finance to property law. They can advise you about the best legal arrangements regarding your estate, give you assistance in crafting important documents such as a will or prenuptial arrangement and, in the event of a divorce, they can represent a good negotiator with your best interests at heart.
In short, personal legal assistance is all about taking the complexity of the law and presenting you with the information you need to know.
Struggling To Sort Out A Family Matter? Maybe It’s Time To Consult Your Solicitor
There’s a common assumption that, once the solicitors are involved, a dispute is beyond reconciliation, but that doesn’t have to be true. After all, while the job of a solicitor is, oftentimes, to be a clear head with a good understanding of the situation, they can also help to ease tensions by providing compromises that neither party might have considered.
After all, while the law may not be perfect, it does have many systems in place to help resolve conflicts and end disputes as amicably as possible.
At the end of the day, if you’re having any sort of legal trouble then the first thing you should always do is consult a solicitor. They’ll help to give you a better understanding of your situation and show you your options so you can make an informed decision about what to do next.