Legal disputes are very unpleasant for both sides, and they can often exact a financial toll as well as an emotional one. They can often involve costs that stretch beyond one’s finances, and trigger damaging behaviour, allegations and ruined relationships. With this in mind, it’s important to find the right lawyer for you to achieve the best possible outcome: one that avoids undue unpleasantness, prolonged anxiety and unnecessary costs.
Often lengthy and expensive from the outset, disputes may lumber you with a nasty surprise by the time your case is resolved. Seeking the services of reputable dispute resolution solicitors can help curb the overall cost, as they can negotiate on your behalf and promptly resolve your dispute as quickly and stress-free as possible.
Mediation or litigation
If you want to avoid a date in court, it could be possible to seek mediation through a professional mediator. Mediation is a formal process through which disputes can often be resolved much quicker than taking your proceedings to court. It’s important to bear in mind that the cost of litigation can frequently be more than purely financial. Your relationship with your family, friends, business partners or neighbours can be affected and there is still no guarantee that you will win your case and receive any compensation. Mediation can help avoid those outcomes.
If you take time to research and source a dispute expert, they may be able to act as a mediator or arbitrator between you and the claimant, to effectively resolve the conflict before it spills into the court, which could save you a lot of money in the long term. By assessing your case, the facts and the dispute itself, your lawyer will be able to supply you with an honest and accurate assessment of your chances of success, as well as the overall risks involved
Legal advice and the cost of dispute solicitors can be expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. Although spiralling costs are a genuine concern for most individuals seeking legal action, it is possible for some highly experienced dispute resolution lawyers to accurately cost each stage of the legal process so that you are able to review your costs every step of the way.
Working it all out
If you’re trying to work out how much it will cost to deal with a legal problem, here are some things to bear in mind:
– your own expenses, taking into account all the travel and photocopying costs
– the cost of legal advice
– the risk and costs of what should happen if you don’t reach a favourable outcome and don’t get what you want
The general principle in the courts of England and Wales is that it’s the party who loses the dispute who has to pay their own legal costs as well as the other party’s costs (unless it’s a family case or in the small claims court), so it’s important to find a reputable lawyer who will tell you if you have a good chance of winning your case or not.
Article written by Olivia Miles