The relationship you have with your solicitor is a key, not just from a technical and costs point of view, but also in relation to the confidence and ease you have with your representative.
Divorce, after all, is well known to be one of the most stressful events you can go through in your lifetime. It is important that your solicitor is listening to your concerns and seeking to settle your case at the appropriate opportunity. If you feel that your objectives are not being met, you may wish to seek a second opinion. Most solicitors will offer fixed fee meetings with no obligation to instruct them after that. This can be an important cross-check to ensure that you are being represented by the right person for you and that your case is being handled in the manner you expect.
We will look at your case and evaluate the advice you have been given in a clear manner. We will then give you our view on the solutions we would employ to settle your case, which may (or may not) differ from your existing solicitor. You can then take stock as to your representation, equipped with better knowledge as to your situation and how another solicitor might approach it. You can then decide if your solicitor is on the right track or you need to consider alternatives.
If you do wish to change solicitors, the process is simple so long as you have paid your bill with the original solicitor. The newly instructed solicitor will simply write to the original solicitor and inform them of the change in representation. We can request a copy of the file if necessary but we may not need it, especially if you have kept a record of the key documents. The family team at Anthony Gold are frequently asked to provide second opinions to clients and have experienced solicitors available for fixed fee meetings upon inquiry.