How much will it cost? Many people worry about solicitors’ charges and it is important to make sure that you know how your solicitors deal with this issue. Do not be shy about asking if you have any worries.
If you qualify for legal aid, the amount you will pay will depend on the type of legal aid and the work done. You can work out if you qualify for legal aid by visiting www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid. You will find an eligibility calculator on that site which will guide you about your eligibility.
If you do not qualify for legal aid, the costs and the approach to billing will depend on which firm of solicitors you instruct. It is important to understand that not all solicitors take the same approach:
Most solicitors’ firms charges are based on an hourly rate which they set themselves and you should be billed based on units of time which are actually spent working for you. Although the Court publishes annual guides about what solicitors should charge, not all firms of solicitors charge at the same rate and there can be big differences even within your local area. If you want a good deal, it is worth shopping around.
If you want to keep an eye on how much your costs are, some firms of solicitors will provide you with bills on a regular basis. This is aimed at keeping costs as manageable as possible and letting you know exactly where you stand.
If you want to know exactly what your solicitor is doing for your money, your solicitor should provide a breakdown of the work they have undertaken and charged you for.
If you want a clear idea about your likely costs, some firms try to offer a fixed fee where they can.