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Thinking of changing solicitor

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01 Jun 15 #462443 by Hergest
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I had a solicitor that I used over the last year. Spent quite a bit; I felt that she manages to keep talking in phone conversations, not such a clear direction of what to do; perhaps because I was uncertain of the direction to take and what to do.

I have a Decree Nisi and contact order. I was worried about using my solicitor to complete and exchange form E''s, so she decided that I should act in person, and use her for advice (check the form before I send).

Now I have exchanged forms, and my wife''s solicitor is requesting more details. I feel perhaps I should have representation again now, before I head into negotiation.

Although I feel my previous solicitor was friendly, prompt at answering my messages/calls, I have a slight nagging doubt mainly over her costs.

I''m thinking of using a different solicitor, slightly cheaper rates, recommended by someone, but worried about them getting up to speed with the history of my case. She said a couple of hours required, can''t give estimate of costs until then.

My ex refused mediation, and I wanted to exhange details and try to come to some agreement between us, but she has stuck to using a solicitor.

Worried other side are getting impatient and may take case to court to force it along, although I have responded within timescales to any formal requests.

Is it usual to get feelings like this? Should I switch or stay with what I know?

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01 Jun 15 #462460 by HRabbit
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Hello, I have changed solicitors once at an early stage and would do again if I thought it would make any difference. It did cost me for them to catch up though.

I have found and guess the same in general that they are on auto pilot. I live and breathe the situation but for them I am just a number and they do not seem to be bothered what happens as long as the bills get paid.

Thyats whi if it goes ot court as I expect it will I will self rep and this site has been so useful in helping me realise that I can.

So it is not unusual to get feelings like this, the feeling that you need some support and advice but they only want to process....

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01 Jun 15 #462472 by Hergest
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So it wouldn''t so much be switching, as not going back to the same solicitor.

What would I need to provide? Should I get my case file from previous solicitor? Or I could just give copies of form E docs.

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02 Jun 15 #462477 by Gillian48
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I changed solicitors just before my FDR which was quite a long way into the case - I wasn''t confident with my previous solicitor who didn''t seem to be fighting my case.
It was the best thing I did - they didn''t charge me for catching up but maybe that''s uncommon I don''t know.
As long as you''ve paid your previous solicitors Bill - notify them that you''re picking up the files and take them to the new one.
My new solicitors were 300 miles away from me so they wrote to my previous solicitor and got the files couriered over to them direct.
I hope you are going to be seeing a solicitor who specialises in family law and not just a general solicitor - you only get one chance at this - you need to get it right.
They will need all the files , correspondence, form E''s everything.

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02 Jun 15 #462479 by Hergest
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Yes, both solicitors specialise in family law.
My case file will have lots of correspondence about child residence battle, contact order, etc, which is all complete. Perhaps a lot of this history will be irrelevant to a new solicitor.

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