With cutbacks in legal aid and lost of Citizens advice Bureaux, the number of people who are turning to online legal advice is growing. It’s not a big surprise, in the era of economic crisis and legal aid cutbacks. The latest solution however it’s an online quick-fire answering to all your legal problems. The funny thing is that the web site’s that offer that kind of aid don’t refer to their clients as “clients” they refer to them as customers. This is cause of the fact that most of the online legal advice sites are using the new method of asking the clients to pay whatever sum they think the advice is worth, but that sum is minimum 10£ and above.
Gathering complex paperwork, paying a substantial sum to the solicitor and scheduling the time for a meeting is the old traditional approach. Now you can just ask the question for your concern and you will be replied the same day without having to leave your home to go visit a solicitor. Online legal advice websites are run by working lawyers who answer questions whenever they can find time. The costumers who are pleased with the answer and want the fuller version of the answer usually pay from 10£ up to 150£ so the average payment for each advice is around 24£. The Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) acknowledges that some of their offices suffered from severe cuts in funding. In other case the Law Society which represents solicitors is cautious about online legal advice and they warn that the cheapest option is not always the best option. Some people think that online advice is not so good cause it may end up costing much more in long term cause not all cases are straightforward specially if issues such as access to children or interest in property are involved. Even if the user gets the right answer that is no guarantee that the user will be able effectively to act on the answer they are given. In any case it’s up to you to decide which method is better to use when you need an legal advice.