The majority of us will need help with a legal issue at some point in our lifetimes. Whether it is during a high or low period of our lives, enlisting the help of a solicitor can prove costly and time consuming.

Alison Marrow, one of Humphries Kirk’s land law partners based in Parkstone, offers advice on how to find the right solicitor and explains how carrying out research can help you to achieve the best outcome.

Q: I have a legal issue and need the help of a solicitor, what should I do?
A: It’s very easy, you can make a no obligation phone call to any of our nine offices and we will put you in touch with the right person to help you. Alternatively our specialist liaison officers can assist you with other services we provide. You may find it beneficial to meet with your solicitor in person but if you are unable to attend a face to face meeting and would prefer a more personal approach, you can contact us via Skype or email.

Q: Why is it important to invest in a good solicitor?
A: In today’s economic climate it can be tempting to go for the cheapest price or deal on offer, but when it comes to appointing a solicitor it is vital that you carry out thorough due diligence to find an experienced qualified professional who will help you to achieve the right results. If you go for the lowest cost you could be assigned to someone who takes longer to resolve issues, or simply does not understand what you need or require.

Q. I am a first time buyer and I’ve heard that I can get help to purchase my first property through Help to Buy. How do I apply for this?
A: You can pop into any Humphries Kirk office and speak to our experts who can advise you on the most appropriate scheme. Humphries Kirk is the only firm in Dorset that has been accepted on the panel of approved solicitors for South West Homes and is confirmed as having the experience and expertise to be able to guide people through these steps when buying a property.

The scheme is not just for first time buyers but it is only available when purchasing a new build property from a developer up to the value of £600,000. There is complicated paperwork involved, but with the help of a solicitor you will be guided through every step of your transaction.

Photo caption: The Humphries Kirk team at their Parkstone office, Trevanion House
15 Church Road

In 2007, Humphries Kirk merged with Trevanions Solicitors who have been based at Trevanion House, Church Road since 1874. Many of the staff from Trevanions are still working for Humphries Kirk today.

The Parkstone team specialises in wills, trusts and probate as well as commercial and property law. Over the years the firm has developed strong links and lasting partnerships with individuals and businesses in the local community and nationally.

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