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The End of the Free Half Hour?

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21 Mar 13 #385618 by WhiteRose
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In this article submitted by Jonathan James, Associate Solicitor, he explains perhaps why solicitors may be reluctant to provide clients with a free half hour.

Thank you Jonathan for this insightful article.

www.wikivorce.com/divorce/Wikizine-Famil...-free-half-hour.html

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22 Mar 13 #385674 by dukey
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With the demise of legal aid its unfortunate that this appeal was allowed, given the solicitor gave the correct advice, the lady chose not to accept it and went ahead and signed, common sense would say she was silly so why does the solicitors insurer have to cough up.

Above all the technical arguments the law is supposed to be fair, this clearly is not.

Next month legal aid ends, more than ever people will need free lawyers, this could mark the end of that service.

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14 Mar 15 #457894 by sherrara
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hi dukey, I wonder if you can help me. my solicitor is asking for a very substantial sum to be set up on a monthly direct debit in advance from my bank, he has never explained why, been using him for the last three months, what rights do I have to argue this with him, thank you

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14 Mar 15 #457911 by dukey
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You have no argument, if you won''t pay the lawyer won''t work for you and you''ll have to pay the outstanding ballence, I hope your keeping track of what you owe so far though.

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14 Mar 15 #457947 by sherrara
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Thank you dukes, my solicitor never discussed why I have to set up the direct debit till final settlement in a year maybe eighteen months, but sprang it on me unexpecTedly, I have been paying legal fees but now he says I need a dIreCt debit monthly for 25k till end of divorce does that make sense!

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15 Mar 15 #457948 by Gillian48
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£25k a month?? Or do you mean in total?

My solicitors send me a monthly bill which I have paid in full each month - it ranges in varying amounts - could you ask if they could send you a monthly bill - rather than set up a drect debit for a large amount each month.
My bills were itemised for each phone call, email etc.. some bills were in the hundreds but as the case progressed and barristers were involved a couple of months the bills were in the £thousands.
It like a pay as you go so this way you would and your solicitors would be up-to-date all the time.

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15 Mar 15 #457950 by sherrara
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thank you gillian48, yes I mean 25k per month, witout asking me if I agree they just said that''s how much it will cost from now on as there is a barrister and accountant that yet to be appointed. oh dear oh dear don''t know what to do

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