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Check the Facts and Prevent Solicitor Complaints

Every time someone hires a solicitor there is a certain level of service expected. The client reasonably assumes that the solicitor is well trained and able to carry out the services that they are being hired to do. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Solicitor negligence can lead to solicitor complaints. It is important to do some research before you hire just any solicitor.

These are some important skills to look for in a solicitor:

Strong communication skills, both written and oral

Your solicitor represents you and so it is important that they should be able to communicate effectively, whether it be with a judge, jury, another solicitor or third party.

A keen eye for details and attention to accuracy

Details can mean the difference between success and failure in a case. Overlooking details can be very costly. It is always the best course of action to get it right the first time around

Analytical and focused

The ability to look at a lot of information and gather from it, the most important facts and data that can be helpful to your case is vital. Insurers and third parties in lawsuits will try to bury or hide facts in tons of information.

Able to explain technical legal matters in a simple way

It is important that you understand the process and all the details of your case. Your lawyer should avoid using confusing legal jargon. They should be able to communicate with you in a way that you can understand even the most technical legal matters.

Assertive and confident

Judges, juries, insurers and the public in general react positively to confidence. An air of confidence and success inspires confidence and a certain level of trust that the solicitor is knowledgeable and trustworthy.

Confidential

You should feel that your solicitor has put in place all the security measures needed to protect and guarantee your most personal and intimate or financial detailed information. So it will remain private and confidential.

Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

It is critical that a solicitor has the ability to remain calm and focused even under extreme pressure and when facing tight deadlines. Time is a very important consideration in law, delays can be very costly. Missed deadlines, late or overdue payments can result in expensive penalties.

Skilled in handling financial information, figures and numbers

Depending on the area of law, the ability to manipulate and comprehend numerical data is key. Tax, financial, business and matters pertaining to property law often involve numbers.

Empathy

Empathy is a trait that is often overlooked. It is a very important skill to have in a a solicitor. It is easier to work with a solicitor that understands your case and your circumstances and is able to effectively communicate this. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer who seems distant and uncaring unwittingly gives the appearance of being cold and distant. They do not seem to be motivated by anything other than their fee.

If you have a solicitor complaint, visit SOS Claims.

Don’t Need Cash

cash (free clip art)

cash (free clip art)

Years ago, when I was making good money I would carry about half a paycheck around for spending money. It was just easier to cash my paycheck and pay for all my shopping with cash than it was to write a check and go through those awful check approval processes. And credit cards were an expensive convenience. So I used cash for everything but bills that had to be paid in the mail.

Now it is so much easier to use a debit card when shopping that I almost never use cash. The debit card is accepted just about every place that I go and I haven’t written a check in over 3 years.

As much I as I dislike banks, I’ve been a fan of alternative ways to handle money, especially if I can avoid credit cards and checks.

What in the world is a Humbucker

When Jim told me that he needed to buy a humbucker for his son for Christmas I thought he was making up non-existent words. What in the world is a “humbucker?” I really didn’t want to look like a total idiot, so I just smiled, nodded, and said “oh, I see.” After a while, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to go online and find out what a humbucker is!

Well, Google to the rescue, I typed in the search engine’s text box “what is a humbucker” and the first result was from Wikipedia, and there was actually a good explanation of what a humbucker is, what it is designed to do, and who invented it and who patented it first. As many things happen in this world, according to Wikipedia the person who patented it first is not the person who has been given credit for inventing it – the second person to patent it is the one who has been given credit for inventing it.

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that these types of things happen more often than the general public realizes. A very long time ago I was given a book that was about the history of the telephone and it would seem that an Italian man may have invented the telephone earlier than Mr. Bell. And yet Mr. Bell is the one who has been given credit for it.

The age of awareness

When I was a kid, I honestly believed that there was only one kind of lawyer. The Perry Mason/Matlock kind. So when I was “all grown up” and engaged to be married, and someone told me that I should have a will, I was very nonchalant about grabbing the yellow pages and looking up “any old lawyer” to hire to help me with that. What a surprise it was to find that there are dozens of different types of lawyers! Didn’t I feel silly, learning how stupid I was! Turns out that my very own aunt used to work as a para-legal in a firm for administrative law. I don’t know why I always thought she was a school teacher!

I try to keep that in mind when I find out that there is someone in my circle of family and friends that doesn’t know something that I just take for granted, thinking everyone should know what I know! How is someone supposed to “just know” something if nobody ever teaches them?

Getting freebies at a college’s open house

When I went with my son to the open house at one of the college’s he is thinking about attending, one of my favorite parts of the day was when we were taking a break in the student union. There were dozens of kiosks set up where different organizations were giving away promotional items, like pens, tiny flashlights on key chains, can cozies, frisbees, notepads, stress-balls, visors and the like. I went from kiosk to kiosk and loaded up on everything they handed out, and stored it all in a couple of custom bags with drawstring that I got at the first kiosk.

I love getting these types of useful freebies! It’s like going shopping without spending a penny! What more could a gal want?