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The online divorce packages being offered by the Howells family law team have proven so popular that local and national newspapers have picked up on them and featured Howells Solicitors over the weekend.

The Wales on Sunday ran with this article:

Read the full story here.

The Sun also mentioned us:

As you can probably imagine, what was already a popular new service has now received many more enquiries as a result of this exposure.

 

by Tristan Lewis

We have launched three online divorce packages to provide alternative, affordable legal solutions. 

The online packages are thought to be a first of their kind to be developed and introduced by a Welsh law firm. Drafted and prepared by Hannah Magee, an associate solicitor specialising in Family Law and using bespoke software, the new services will enable cases to be processed quickly, efficiently and most importantly without compromising the quality of work.

The entry level package costs just £35 + VAT and is applicable for uncontested, simple divorces where both parties agree to the divorce and there are no children or financial issues. The second package also includes the drafting of a divorce petition by Howells Solicitors and can include a Statement of Arrangements for children. Finally the third package, ‘Managed Divorce’ provides the client with a fixed fee fully managed divorce including representation from Howells Solicitors throughout the divorce process.

The family law market that is set to change quite dramatically this year. At the beginning of April, legal aid will no longer be available for most divorce, financial and private law cases. Unless individuals can afford to pay privately they may have to represent themselves in person before the family law court. 

Approximately 250,000 people a year in Wales and England receive family advice and representation using Legal Aid. Some sources predict that this will drop to as few as 40,000 after the cuts to this funding in April.

Richard Scott, partner and senior solicitor in our Family Law team said, “It is a well known fact that more and more people are using online resources to source professional services that used to be only available on the ‘high street’. In the legal industry, 2012 saw the arrival of Alternative Business Structure (ABS) and more white label legal services being offered by large organisations and of course more online providers. Traditional legal practices need to modernise and adapt their services to compete.”

He continued, “We recognised the opportunity to couple the skills and experience of our large matrimonial team with the software we have developed to provide an online service that will be delivered by qualified solicitors. This will differentiate us from the majority of our competitors in the online market and also enable us to provide cost effective divorce services for those that might previously have relied on Legal Aid.” 

The online packages are already available via our website here.

 

by Hannah Magee

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com