While in most situations one can act as their own representative, there will come a time in everyone’s life when they require the services of a good solicitor. While hiring a solicitor may be seen by some as an unnecessary cost, good solicitors can often end up paying for themselves in the time, hassle and money that they save their clients.
Here are just a few reasons why, whether you know it or not, you might need a solicitor at some point in your life.
You’re buying or selling a house
Purchasing a house is likely to be one of the most expensive investments that you will make. Upon making the purchase, however, there are a number of complicated legal intricacies that must be adhered to. While it is not illegal or impossible to undertake your own conveyancing prior to a purchase, many lenders do frown upon such a practice and have been known to refuse mortgages on this basis.
Solicitors are generally instructed by house sellers and buyers to undertake the change in Title Deeds, with the seller’s solicitor charged with applying for the Title Deeds, while the buyer’s solicitor registers the changes in Title at HM Land Registry.
House buyers and sellers can save much time, money and be confident that all legal obligations have been met by hiring trusted solicitors to operate on their behalf, such as those at Co-operative Legal Services. While it may be tempting to save money, the hassle and legal complications that could arise make hiring a solicitor the far more sensible option.
While the divorce process is far more simplistic than it once was, there is still a great deal of paperwork associated with divorce proceedings, which must be completed to the satisfaction of the court.
When divorces are not amicable, conflict over property, money and custody of children can arise. In any of these scenarios, a solicitor is absolutely essential.
Personal injury claims
Personal injuries that weren’t our fault are an inevitable part of life. While on most occasions the damage and inconvenience caused may be minor, some accidents can have distinctly longer term implications on our quality of life.
Solicitors can help people to claim much needed compensation for accidents at work, on the road or trips and falls that were caused by someone else’s improper adherence to safety regulations.
Writing a will
While writing a will may be the furthest thing from most people’s minds, failing to do so could see your loved ones left in a state of emotional and financial despair. Failure to complete a will means that your estate will be split up in accordance with the arbitrary laws of the State, which could see your family, friends or beloved charities not receive the inheritance that you intended for them.
By employing a solicitor to help with the completion of a will, you entrust the will’s executors, designated by you, to apply to the court for a Grant of Probate after your death and administer your estate in accordance with your wishes.
Many firms specialise, or have specialist departments that specialise, in wills and probate law. Contacting a team like the Co-op probate service could help save you time, money and emotional hardship, as trained advisors will help walk you through every step of the process.