What To Do About Complaints About Solicitors

Many people stand with their hair in their hands asking what to do about complaints about solicitors when they do not deliver the service what their clients expect them to deliver. This can range from not returning calls, not replying to correspondence, bestowing clients with startling high bills, or simply do not respect or carry out the client’s instructions in the correct manner. These and many more are all good reasons to file complaints about solicitors.

These are just a small number of examples amongst the many scenarios possible. The truth is that there are thousands of complaints filed about solicitors annually. Many of these complaints are not legit and in the majority of cases most solicitors acted in a professional and reasonable way.

The good news is however that solicitors are obliged to act according to a strict set of rules of conduct and are sternly regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the SRA.

When clients are unhappy about the service they receive from their appointed solicitor, they can report their complaint to the SRA or alternatively make use of the professional services of SOS to handle complaints and possible compensation.

What is Solicitor Negligence?

In a nutshell solicitor negligence can be described as when a solicitor disappoints or neglect to provide the care and diligence that is normally expected in similar situations and or conditions.

Typical Examples:

  • Missing deadlines which result in losses or damages
  • Negligence in drafting wills and contracts
  • Providing wrong or dishonest advice or information
  • Under settling various types of claims

In the event where clients feel that they have been treated wrongly by their solicitor it is very important to obtain impartial legal advices from a professional team such as SOS.  SOS will assist clients with their case and provide clients with the right course of action to follow and what the possible outcome of the specific situation might be to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal action or not.

Important First Steps

  • It is imperative to make any complaints known to the solicitor itself before taking any type of formal steps. As always it is best to put all complaints about solicitors in writing and ensure that copies are kept for later reference. This way clients have proof that the solicitors are aware of the discontent and the reply or response the clients may have received. Equally important is to make sure that all communication is dated and noted carefully.
  • In the most instances a specific person dealing with complaints about solicitors or the firm will deal with the matter and reply in a reasonable time. According to the SRA, twenty-eight days is regarded as a reasonable time.
  • If no reply or positive outcome is received the best route will be to contact SOS to assist with any complaints about solicitors.

SOS will gladly assist clients who have problems with solicitors by reviewing the case, ascertain if any mistakes were made with the case, where clients were told that they do not have a case, are not happy with the compensation they received or any other legal reason a client may find reasonable to complain about.

Veterans Day

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Veterans Day (free clip art)

Today is Veteran’s Day, a day that the government saw fit to declare a legal national holiday as a day to remember and honor all Veterans of our many wars. I’m not sure if it was originally meant to only honor those veterans who have died, or if it was originally meant to honor all veterans. I guess I should be embarrassed to admit that. I guess its just that I think that all veterans should be thanked today, especially those who are still alive to enjoy and appreciate our thanks! Laying wreaths and flags on graves is all well and good, but I think that saying “thanks” while they are still alive is a lot more meaningful to that individual person. So to all of you veterans out there, alive or deceased, I want to extend a very heartfelt “Thank you” for all of the sacrifices you have made for our country. You are all heroes in my book.

Bits and Pieces

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DIY (free clip art)

Teri and I have always enjoyed watching the HGTV and DIY television network shows. Our favorites usually involve a situation where an experienced interior designer takes on a project where they are going to remodel and update part of a home.

Some of our favorite shows from recent past years include “Design on a Dime” and “Decorating Cents” because the designers are always sticking to a very limited budget. We can relate to having a limited budget! We would love to have the money to spend tens of thousands of dollars redecorating and remodeling, but the reality is that we are trying to stretch every dollar and pinch every penny just as much as most everyone else in the country is doing!

We’ve entered all kinds of contests we’ve seen online, on TV shows, and in magazines where the big winner gets a remodel of part of their home done as the grand prize. So far, we’ve won absolutely no prizes! So, we are doing the best we can with remodeling and redecorating ourselves a little bit here and there, when we have the money and the time. Sure wish we had the money to pay a pro to help us out!

We recently replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting in our living and dining room with wood laminate flooring. When we finished doing that we realized that the brand new floor made our walls look very dingy, so now we are looking at our options for updating the walls. We can’t quite decide whether to paint (which is what I’d rather do) or hang wall-paper (which is what Teri would prefer.) She has brought home several books of samples of wall paper with texture that she is really excited about. In the spirit of compromise, I suggested that we use the textured wall paper as one accent wall behind the TV in the living room, and I have the feeling that she will go along with that idea.

In addition to the walls in the living room, Teri and I have been talking about reorganizing and redesigning the closets in the foyer, the laundry room, and our bedrooms. We live in an area where there are four different seasons; we just do not have enough closet space to accommodate all of the clothes and coats for the changing of the seasons! We’d love to figure out a better way to maximize the space that we have to store our coats, clothes, boots, and shoes! Right now we have our hats and scarves in cardboard boxes on the top shelf of the foyer closet – there really must be a better way to store these in a way that keeps them clean, easy to see, and access! We will be researching the best ways to maximize those valuable storage spaces. There are so many different options and organizing gadgets and gizmos for closet storage that it is enough to make your head spin!

The envelopes all sealed together

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crafts (free clip art)

Yesterday Teri went down into the basement to clear out a little bit of clutter and straighten and organize it. She wanted to start making sure that she had everything in its proper place before the holiday season sneaks up on us. She found several boxes of holiday cards that she brought upstairs to check out. She wanted to make sure that there weren’t any nasty surprises (like mouse nests!) inside the boxes.
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scrapbooking (free clip art)

Well, the cards seemed to be fine, but all of the envelopes had apparently sealed themselves shut. We don’t know if we can go down to the office supply store and buy the right size envelope to fit the cards, so now my wife is thinking about using those cards for scrapbooking, decoupage, or other crafts and buying some new cards. We hate the thought of throwing them away. Maybe we’ll donate them to an elementary school or daycare center for them to use for crafts if Teri doesn’t use them!

Enjoying Your Hobby without Breaking the Bank

You love collecting and creating RC vehicles, but you also have a lot of other expenses to worry about. You don’t have to give up your favorite hobby just because you’re living on a budget when you keep these helpful tips in mind.

Sell Used Vehicles
If your RC collection is growing quickly, you probably have some vehicles that are your favorites and others that you don’t really use. You can make the money you need to purchase new RC vehicles by selling your used models that are still in good condition.
You’ll likely get the most money for your vehicles by selling them to other hobbyists, so list them with your local RC vehicle group or in online hobby groups to find others who share your interests. If you’re selling to people who are outside of your local area, remember to factor in the cost of shipping into your prices.

Save Money on Parts
Tinkering with RC vehicles is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a hobbyist, but the cost of parts and accessories can add up quickly. If you purchase parts from traditional dealers, you might have to purchase them in bulk. It doesn’t do you any good to purchase 20 sets of wheels when you only need one, so you can save big by locating a retailer who doesn’t require bulk purchases.
It’s also a great idea to compare prices among retailers before you make a big purchase. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find great deals on all your favorite RC vehicles without even having to leave your home.

Look for Quality
Although saving money on parts is important, you also want to be sure that you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on quality RC vehicles and parts. You might be able to save a few dollars by purchasing the cheapest parts for your vehicle, but you’ll save more in the long run by choosing quality Traxxas Stampede 4×4 parts. When you buy quality products and accessories, you can purchase items less often. Cheaper RC parts and vehicles often break quickly, so you’ll find yourself exceeding your budget because you need more replacement parts.

When you shop smart and make wise purchasing decisions, you can enjoy your RC vehicles hobby without putting any strain on your family’s budget. In fact, your hobby can become a fun pastime that your family members enjoy together.