The Costs of Free Legal Advice

In today’s Internet age, we often feel as if all the answers are within our grasp, and that paying for professional assistance is pointless. However, a free piece of advice may cost you.

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I’d like free solicitor’s advice

Countless times, people have sought “a piece of advice” from us. They didn’t need real legal advice, just our opinion on the matter – for free, if possible. Unfortunately, free advice does little good, and we will not provide it, because doing so would leave the inquirer unprotected.

What about free advisory centres?

Liability is the stumbling block of any guidance bureau. When you pay a barrister, you’re also buying their liability for each and every piece of advice, which no free centre offers. A solicitor must guarantee any advice they give to their client, actually taking on the risk of the advice being poor, for which they’re held liable with their private property. This liability is set in both their Code of Ethics and the Advocacy Act.

What’s more, many free online advisory centres are in fact discussion forums, where any person may contribute. Therefore, you can never be certain regarding the origin or even truthfulness of advice obtained therein.

Knihy využívané pro právní poradnu zdarma
Books used at a free advisory centre

What’s the alternative to free legal advice?

We’re offering our Consultation with a lawyer for this very purpose – whenever you only need a quick answer, our solicitors will provide one while protecting you from the risks associated with a free advisory centre.

If you contact a free advisory centre

  • The information you obtain isn’t verified, and the person providing it may lack proper qualifications,
  • it may be outdated,
  • it might not reflect the particularities of your case.

“It’s typically reservation contracts for a real estate property that rebound on our clients. They download a free template or rely on free advice, unknowingly binding themselves to a substantial fine that they must face when, e.g., they subsequently fail to take a mortgage.”

Ondřej Preuss

Free online solicitors are pressed for time

Another aspect to consider is the amount of time that a free lawyer or advisory centre spend with your case. The danger of “only asking for an opinion” lies in precisely that – will enough time be devoted to such a request? Sometimes, free online lawyers can afford to spend as little as 5 minutes on your issue, after which you’re left to your own devices.

The problem of time is of great import in legal matters. Many agreements, fines and other legal issues depend on various periods; if you miss them, you lose your claim. All matters need to be dealt with swiftly, which no free legal advice can guarantee.

Moreover, advice found on the Internet may lack foundation and have a worse impact than no advice. A free solicitor at an advisory centre may be inexperienced and, compared to a regular barrister, lack the proper motivation to resolve their client’s case.

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Author of the article

JUDr. Ondřej Preuss, Ph.D.

Ondřej is the attorney who came up with the idea of providing legal services online. He's been earning his living through legal services for more than 10 years. He especially likes to help clients who may have given up hope in solving their legal issues at work, for example with real estate transfers or copyright licenses.

  • Law, Ph.D, Pf UK in Prague
  • Law, L’université Nancy-II, Nancy
  • Law, Master’s degree (Mgr.), Pf UK in Prague
  • International Territorial Studies (Bc.), FSV UK in Prague

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