Are you struggling to afford legal fees? Do you think that you have found this great alternative by paying a McKenzie Friend to assist you in Court and give you legal advice?No, don’t do it!
Let’s look at what a McKenzie Friend is allowed to do:
You will note that nowhere in that list does it say that your McKenzie Friend can offer you legal advice. They are not allowed to, that is not their role.Would you hire an estate agent to fix your car for you?No, they wouldn’t have the expertise to do the job so you wouldn’t trust their ability.It shouldn’t be any different when you’re trusting someone to advise you on the law used to decide your future.
McKenzie Friends can be very helpful.They can be paid or unpaid and the support that they can offer is invaluable.However, if you want legal advice instruct someone who is qualified to give you that advice.If you’re worried about finances then you can speak to a solicitor about ways to keep costs to a minimum, if you don’t ask you don’t get!
At The Law House we can advise you on all aspect of family law.For more information please contact Venisha Shah on 020 8899 6620