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Are there any downsides to getting a solicitor to negotiate on my behalf?

Deciding whether to negotiate your financial settlement yourself or get your solicitor to negotiate for you is a big decision for many people. As with everything, there are both advantages and disadvantages.

One of a few downsides to getting a solicitor to negotiate your financial settlement on your behalf is expense. Depending on your situation, negotiations can take a long time. As most solicitors charge by the hour this can end up running into a large bill. However, a good solicitor negotiating on your behalf can help you get the settlement that you want. Some solicitors will also offer fixed fee negotiations.

Sometimes, solicitor negotiations can make things more difficult and tense between you and your spouse. A specialist solicitor should be able to keep this to a minimum through effective negotiations.

You could also feel that you have lost control of your settlement if your solicitor is doing your negotiations for you. If you hire a good solicitor then they should make sure that you still have input into and control of the negotiations and indeed the divorce process as a whole. Austin Kemp’s experienced solicitors can talk you through the pros and cons to help you make the right decision for you.

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