This section explains how you can find help from a solicitor and whether support is available to help you pay for this.
- Solicitors are experts in certain areas of law. For example, some deal only with criminal cases and others deal mainly with helping people to buy houses.
- When you ask a solicitor to help you with a problem, they call this ‘instructing’ them. They may call your agreement a ‘retainer’.
- You might be able to get some free legal help under ‘legal aid’. But not all legal problems are covered by legal aid.
- You are entitled to free legal advice if you are under arrest at a police station, or if you appeal against detention under the Mental Health Act 1983.
- If you are unhappy with your solicitor’s work, you can complain to them directly. If you are still not happy, the Legal Ombudsman might be able to look into the problem.
- You can use the Law Society website to help you find a solicitor.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in March 2015. Next review March 2017.
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