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Lawworks Scotland

LawWorks Scotland has been established to co-ordinate, develop and encourage the provision of pro bono legal services by solicitors in private practice and in-house and university law schools in Scotland.

The effect of instructing a solicitor to act

When you instruct a solicitor to act for you, you will be entering into a contract with the solicitor's firm. The firm will send you a letter (usually called a 'client care letter') in duplicate, setting out the terms of the contract (or 'Terms of Business', as they are usually known), or enclosing two copies of the Terms. You should read through this letter or Terms carefully.

If you are happy with the terms then you should sign one copy and return it to the solicitor. If there is anything in the terms that you are not happy about, or do not understand, then you should raise this with your solicitor before signing the letter/Terms. Depending upon the point that you have raised, the solicitor may be prepared to alter the terms, although this is unusual.

How to choose a divorce solicitor

This article provides some basic advice on how to go about choosing a solicitor, including how to prepare for an initial meeting with a solicitor to decide whether they are suitable.

Solicitors - who they are and what they do?

This section compares the difference between solicitors, barristers and legal executives. It details what a solicitor does on your behalf during divorce proceedings, and also covers how some solicitors act as mediators or as collaborative lawyers.

Who has control - the solicitor or the client?

A Wikivorce member posted in the forum that solicitors have a lot of power.  I wrote a response and another member told me that she thought it should be added to the library.  This is it, albeit slightly edited.

Central London Collaborative Forum

The Central London Collaborative Forum is a group of solicitors who are dedicated to the principles and practice of Collaborative Family Law. All our members are partners or consultants of Central London law firms and Fellows of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers who have completed training in the collaborative law model. Our goal is for the collaborative process to become the preferred method of resolving cases, including those involving families where assets are substantial or where there is an international dimension.

Collaborative divorce

Collaborative Family law (also called collaborative practice and collaborative law) originally started off as a divorce procedure in which two parties in a dispute agreed that they would not go to court, or threaten to do so.

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