Dealing with family law issues can be very stressful which is why it is important to take great care when choosing a family solicitor.
Even in the most amicable situations, emotions are often running high whilst a resolution is sought. The last thing you need is additional stress and worry. But picking the wrong family solicitor, or wrong family law firm, can cause just that – and make the process harder on everyone.
Keep reading for our tips for choosing a family solicitor, and ensuring you get the best guide through the minefield of family law.
Look for a team rather than an individual
A team can draw on the experience and knowledge of all of the members of the team whereas an individual can only draw on their own knowledge and experience. In some cases, having a broader knowledge or another opinion can make a vast difference to a case. At ORJ the family team work together to try to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. With us you’ll have your own personal contact and the support of the whole team.
Look for Resolution members with a Resolution Specialist
Resolution is an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children. At ORJ ** and ** are Resolution members and ** is a Resolution Specialist with more than ** years experience.
Look for Legal 500 status in Family Law
The Legal 500 is a guide to the best law practices in the UK. ORJ is a recommended firm for the area of family law.
Consider the accessibility of the office, opening hours and a free initial consultation
ORJ is centrally located in Stafford, but out of town enough, with its own car parking facilities, so you can visit without fear of bumping into anyone! We are open from 8:30am to 6:00pm enabling you to visit before or after work if convenient. We are also open on a Saturday morning.
We always make our first interview complimentary. It’s important that you relax as much as possible so that we can just chat about the issue that you need to resolve without you having to think about anything else.
Look for a good level of experience
It is comforting and reassuring to know that the person handling your matter is competent and experienced, so that you achieve the desired result. At ORJ, all of our family team members have years of experience, are continually keeping abreast of developments in law and are committed to achieving the best outcome possible for every client.
Look for good listeners
At ORJ we offer you a complimentary first interview where we take time to listen to you. Every family case is unique and you and your family are at the heart of it so we need to hear your story. We listen and we advise. You will not be rushed into decisions but advised about your options.
Do you get a feeling of trust and confidence?
It is our aim for you to trust us and to have confidence in us. We do this by being highly trained and experienced and mindful of your needs. We work with you to build a trustworthy relationship from the very start.
Look for a clear explanation of options
Our aim is to empower you with the knowledge and information you need. We will not overload you with legal jargon but explain your options and the process in clear jargon-free English.
Look for a clear explanation of likely costs, payment structure and billing
After the initial interview when we have a clear picture of your individual circumstances and requirements, we can provide you with a clear breakdown of the likely costs together with detailed information about payment.