I cannot afford a solicitor and have to go to court, what can I do?
If you cannot afford a solicitor, or if you are not sure whether you need one or not, there are different options available depending on what kind of case you are going to court with. If it is not a criminal case, you can either get assistance with some of the paperwork and then instruct a barrister direct instead of through a solicitor. You can also represent yourself if you feel confident to do so. Some people understandably do not want to be on their own in court. For those people who want a hand with keeping notes, having someone there with them but not to speak on their behalf, then a litigation or McKenzie friend (Court Support – Legal Tips) can help them.
My ex and I can’t agree on arrangements for our children, how do we decide what to do?
Sometimes arrangements for children cannot be agreed between you as parents. When that happens, you can either try mediation if your ex will agree to go, or you could try alternative dispute resolution. You can take legal advice to understand how court’s decide on these arrangements and should no agreement be reached, you can issue court proceedings for a Child Arrangements Order. These can be done with either a solicitor representing you on an ongoing basis or with legal advice and assistance with court forms Family Law Advice – Legal Tips. You can then send off the application yourself confident that it has been completed in a way that will mean the court will issue it without problems.
Do I need to do a Will?
No one has to do a Will but doing one does give peace of mind in knowing that your loved ones will be provided for in the way you want them to be, when you die. Unmarried couples who buy property together for example, may want to provide for the other if they die as without a Will the Intestacy Rules (which do not include unmarried partners) will apply. Wills do not need to be drawn up by solicitors (many people cannot afford a solicitor) but they do need to make clear your wishes in writing. They also have to be signed and dated in the presence of two independent witnesses. We can help with drawing up a valid Will and storing it for you if required. Wills – Legal Tips
I don’t live in Reading, can I use your service?
Our service covers England and Wales and although we are based in Reading we can give legal advice and hold meetings over Teams or Zoom, no matter where you are based.
I have lost my job and I don’t think I have been treated fairly. I cannot afford a solicitor, can you help me?
Legal Tips will help you by reviewing your employer’s process and policies. We can review and give advice on your contractual and statutory rights and whether your employer has acted within those in your circumstances. We can assist with giving a strategy and an independent view, writing on your behalf to try and get a fair outcome for you with your employer and advise and sign off any resulting settlement agreement for you. Employment Advice – Legal Tips
Does a Power of Attorney just cover what I do with my property?
A Power of Attorney gives the ability to look after your money and property and your health and welfare, to the people you choose to do so for you, whilst you are of sound mind. There are two types of Attorney documents and one covers what you have and what to do with it, the other your health and giving effect to your wishes about health and medical treatment. Both ideally should be done and your Attorneys then have the ability to make those decisions on your behalf, should you ever need them to. It will give peace of mind to you knowing those you most trust will have the ability to make those decisions when you cannot. Powers of Attorney – Legal Tips
Do I need a solicitor for a divorce?
You can issue divorce proceedings yourself online at the HMCTS website (link to HMCT divorce online – Get a divorce: How to apply – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). You can if you wish have a solicitor conduct the process for you or you can have legal advice at key points in the process, such as before you start the process to understand the grounds that you can divorce on. A Respondent in the divorce may want advice just to complete the Acknowledgement of Service form. Whether you are being divorced or divorcing, you may find legal advice helpful at stages in the process but a solicitor is not necessarily needed to conduct the whole process.