Alternatives to solicitors could save you hundreds of pounds

Alternatives to a Solicitor That Could Save You ££££

06 November 2020
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We’re all about bringing you expert information about all things money. That’s why we invited Amanda Hamilton, Chief Executive of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, to tell us how you can save money when you’ve got a legal issue to sort out by using alternatives to a solicitor.

  1. How Much Do Solicitors Charge?
  2. Do You Have to Use a Solicitor?
  3. Who Are Mediators?
  4. What Is a McKenzie Friend?
  5. What Do Paralegals Do?
  6. Are McKenzie Friends and Paralegals Regulated?
  7. More Ways to Save Money with Legal Issues

How Much Do Solicitors Charge?

How much do solicitors charge?

If you have a legal problem, the first and instinctive thing that enters your head is ‘I need help’ and the first person that springs to mind for such help, is a solicitor. However, the cost of using a solicitor can be financially prohibitive and not within the reach of most pockets.

Solicitors charge fees of anywhere between £150 per hour to £600 + per hour. They can even charge you £500 for writing a letter on your behalf. But don’t despair! A large percentage of legal matters can be dealt with by non-solicitors. These days there are alternatives to consider such as employing the services of a mediator, a McKenzie Friend or a paralegal.

Do You Have to Use a Solicitor?

The Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation by Professor Stephen Mayson, recently stated that a survey of statutorily regulated lawyers (solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives) confirmed that only 20% of the work they do falls within the remit of reserved legal activities. That means 80% of the work they do isn’t the type of stuff that’s reserved for solicitors, barristers and legal executives.

So, if you need a legal helping hand, but the work doesn’t have to be done by a solicitor, you could save yourself a lot of money by using the alternatives to a solicitor.

What are Mediators?

Of course, it does depend on the legal issue. But, in many cases, finding a mediator will help you and your opponent to resolve the issues you have, and is far less costly than instructing a solicitor. Mediators are trained to help and guide the parties to understand and focus on the main issues in order to find a satisfactory solution acceptable to both parties.

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