You may have existing solicitors assisting you with your family law case. The relationship you have with those advisers may be largely satisfactory but there may be reasons why you feel the need to have a second legal opinion:
- You may lack overall confidence in the advice that you’re receiving and this concern has built up over a period of time;
- You may feel that your solicitor is not listening to you and that your concerns or expectations are being ignored;
- The strategy in your case is unclear and you do not feel, despite your requests, that it has been sufficiently explained to you;
- Your case has reached a critical point, perhaps in legal proceedings, or at the point where you need to make an offer of settlement, and you lack confidence in the course of action being suggested or the success of the outcome;
- You may feel that the relationship you have with your solicitor has broken down and you no longer trust the advice that is given.
We can help you if you find yourself in one of these situations. We will examine the facts of your case and assess the advice that you are being given. In most cases we will not need your existing file so your existing solicitors will not know that you are seeking a second legal opinion.
We will tell you, clearly and comprehensively, if we take a different view to your existing solicitors or if we agree with the action that they are taking on your behalf. In some cases, the strategy being pursued on behalf of the client is sound but the solicitor in question may not have taken the time to explain why a particular strategy is being adopted.
We appreciate that it is crucial that you feel that you are in control of your case which is why we will ensure that we give you a complete understanding of the law as it applies to your circumstances and why a particular solution would be desirable in your case.
By providing a second legal opinion, we may allow you to regain the confidence of knowing that your existing solicitor is on the right track. Alternatively, we can provide you with the right questions to ask of your existing solicitor to test that a particular strategy is in your best interests.
There are occasions when, following advice from us by way of a second legal opinion, you may wish to transfer conduct of your matter from your existing solicitors to Family Law Partners. We would be happy to assist should that be your decision.