16th Mar 2015

Fixed Fees the way forward

If you are going through divorce or separation, you have enough worries on your plate. You do not need legal costs to be another one.

Here is what we can do at Berwins to help with the worry of legal costs. Firstly, our focus is on trying to help you get sorted as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. That means exploring other options before Court and we have mediators and collaborative lawyers who can help with that. As well as being more dignified, it is vastly cheaper to sit down round a table and talk to sort things out than it is to go to Court.

Sometimes mediation or collaborative law is not the answer – but that doesn’t have to mean a long and expensive legal battle. We are good negotiators. Our team has years of experience and right at the start will agree a strategy and a timescale with you so we know what you are hoping for and you know what to expect.

Getting back to costs, we know that lawyers are unpopular for charging by the clock. If you don’t know what you are in for in terms of legal costs it’s going to cause you worry. You need to know what you are budgeting for and we need to be sure that the costs that you will incur are in proportion to the issues involved. That is why we are leading the way with a very small number of law firms who are prepared to offer fixed fees for family work. Whether it is for your divorce, for sorting out your finances, for arrangements for your children or mediation or collaborative law, we are happy to talk fees with you and agree a price from the outset.

Horror stories are reported in the legal press where some couples get so caught up in the battle that they lose sight of what is at stake. There have been some shocking cases recently where the family finances basically ended up split 1/3 husband, 1/3 wife and 1/3 to the lawyers because they both allowed their legal costs to run out of control. Don’t fall into that trap. Talk to Berwins Family Team; fix your legal fees at a level that feels manageable and take one of your worries away. Call 01423 509000 or email Family@berwin.co.uk.

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