We are very aware that the costs of a divorce can be a big concern for clients. But we believe that there are real opportunities for reducing legal charges. By following and using these tips you will be able to keep control of costs.
- Write out a list of your own assets, liabilities, pension provision, income and outgoings on a monthly basis. Do the same for your spouse as far as possible. You can then give this to us right at the start.
- Wherever possible, write to us instead of telephoning. The person dealing with your case may have to review the file before answering your query, so it is helpful to have your question in writing in your own words on the file.
- If you only want to arrange for an appointment or ask a question, speak to your solicitor’s assistant; such telephone calls may not be chargeable and will be at a much lower rate. If your solicitor’s assistant cannot help then they will be able to arrange for your solicitor to call you back.
- Be clear about the message you want to leave when you telephone; a few minutes thought about the message you want to convey can save time and money. If the person to whom you wish to speak is unavailable always leave your telephone number and details of your availability for a return call to be made.
- I would encourage you to speak to our assistants as much as you can – they are very experienced and can often help without you having to speak to your solicitor.
- Avoid dropping in to see your solicitor without an appointment; it is far more cost effective to make a proper appointment, which can be prepared for by the solicitor handling your case.
- Organise your information before you come to the office; often basic items of information can be forgotten. It may help to make a list of names, addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth of all relevant people. If the issue concerns finances, bring as many documents as you can, such as bank statements, or a list of savings accounts. Find out information about your finances before coming to your meeting. This will reduce the need to set you “homework” between sessions.
- Ask for our fact sheets and refer to any already sent to you. These will help you remember information and will be a ready reminder from time to time, saving you from having to check with us. (If you have an idea for an additional fact sheet that will help our clients, do let us know).
- Check out information online for answers to your questions – we have made information readily available on our website and YouTube channel.
- Respond promptly to any questions or requests for information you receive from us; this will not only assist us in providing a better service, but will mean that you will not be charged for sending unnecessary reminder letters.
Rachel is a Director, and Head of Department for the Divorce and Finance team. She can be contacted by email at Rachel.Buckley@thefamilylawco.com or by telephone on 01392 457155.