Are you in need of a solicitor?
Not all lawyers can offer legal advice. You may also be able to get a solicitor legal help from:
Other professionals – such as an accountant who can offer advice on taxation and company law
Advice centres such as the Citizens Advice a solicitor Bureaux and housing advice centres. Money advice centres. Law centres
Other organizations, such as motoring and trade unions.
In court proceedings, you can act for yourself; however, if you do not act for yourself you might have a friend or lay representative who will assist you.
A trainee ultimate solicitors can act as a lay representative for a simple case starting 28 November 2016. The simple procedure replaces small claims and summary causes procedures in the sheriff courts for cases with a value less than PS5,000 on 28/11/2016 (not cases involving heritable property, which will still be processed under the summary cause process).
Selecting a solicitor
You should hire a solicitor who is experienced in the area you require.
The Law Society of Scotland’s website has a search function that allows you to “find a solicitor”. Search for using your area of law, postcode, or the name of the company. A local advice agency, such as a Citizens Legal Advice Bureau (CAB), or a law center, can help you find local solicitors who are experienced in the area.
The Law Society of Scotland is unable to provide legal advice.
You can check the website of the claim solicitors to see what services they offer and their prices, or ask if they have price guides.
You can get free legal advice if you are under arrest at a police station or have been charged. The arrangements for providing the solicitor may vary if you are in court.
For more information on the duty solicitors scheme, you can consult an experienced advisor at Citizens Advice Bureau. This is where you a solicitor can get advice. A CAB may be able to refer you to an organization that can provide free legal assistance in certain cases. Registers can be found on Scottish Legal Aid Board’s website.
Consult a solicitor
Once you have selected your solicitor, you will need to schedule an appointment. Most cases, you will be given a appointment within five working days. The solicitor should arrange an appointment for you sooner if the matter is urgent.
It is important to bring all necessary documents to the appointment. You may also want to prepare a list for the solicitor.
To be able to attend the interview, you should bring a form ID such as a passport or driving license. Before you go to interview, check with your solicitor to confirm which documents are required.
The Law Society has set a solicitor standards and rules that solicitors must follow. At the first interview, the solicitor must provide certain information. These information include:
- How the solicitor will deal with the problem
- What the next step of the solicitor
- Information about costs
- The expected time frame for the case
If there is any problem with the service, who should you contact?
It is important to understand the information provided by your solicitor and not hesitate to ask questions.
Even if there have been no major developments, the solicitors salisbury should keep the client informed about progress throughout the case.
The Law Society for Scotland has more information about Standards for Scottish Solicitors.