How to prepare for seeing a solicitor or adviser

If you have an appointment to see a solicitor or adviser, you will need to prepare to get the most out of it. Check out our tips for what to say, what to take, and what to expect.
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Plan what you want to get out of the appointment

Make a list. It can be a good idea to get a friend to help with this.

The list should include:

  1. The main points you want to make about your problem.
  2. What you want to know.
  3. The questions you want to ask.

What to take

Take any relevant letters or documents with you, organised so that you can find what you need. This will help your solicitor or adviser understand what has been going on.

You may need to take proof of your income, including any benefits you get, so that the solicitor or advice centre can work out whether you qualify for legal aid.

What can I expect?

They will ask you many questions. Try to answer them as clearly and accurately as you can. The solicitor or adviser should check with you to make sure they’ve understood what you’ve said. Don’t hold back information because you are embarrassed or feel it may not be important. Explain why you feel awkward.

Don’t be afraid to ask them to explain anything you don’t understand.

You may want to ask questions such as:

  • What happens next?
  • How likely is my case to succeed?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • How long will it take?
  • How much will my case cost?
  • Am I eligible for legal aid?
  • Can I do anything to help my case?

After you have seen the adviser or solicitor for the first time you may want to ask yourself:

  • Do I feel confident about using this person?
  • Did I understand everything that they told me?
  • Do I think they fully understood my problem?
  • If the service isn’t free, am I clear how much this could cost me if I go ahead? 
December 2017

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