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Swap Your Way to Radiant Skin

Swap Your Way to Radiant Skin

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Many of us strive for perfectly clear, radiantly glowing skin, but lots of us fall far short of the mark despite how many expensive skincare products we use. That’s because, although the right products can certainly help to improve your skin, it is often our lifestyles, and particularly what we eat, that determines how good or bad our skin looks from day to day.

The good news is, it’s possible to make a number of simple swaps to your life to achieve the radiant skin you’ve always wanted…

Swap Processed Foods for Whole Foods

I think we all know that highly processed foods are not the best for our health, especially eaten regularly in large quantities, but did you know that they’re really bad for your skin too? Most processed meals and snacks have a high-glycemic index, and this spikes the blood sugar, causing insulin to be released. When insulin reaches the bloodstream, it can get in the way of collagen production, and since collagen is what keeps our skin looking full, soft and supple, that can lead to dull, older looking skin.

Switching to a whole food diet that is rich in protein, slow-release carbs and vitamin-rich vegetables will ensure that you produce plenty of collagen and all of the nutrients you need to build protein, repair skin damage and get a healthy glow.

Swap Smoking for Vaping

Smoking is bad for your health, period. As well as causing cancer and heart disease, amongst other things, it can also make your skin look bad because those toxins that are released in the smoke are pretty harmful. If you smoke regularly, chances are you will age prematurely.

Luckily, companies like Blazed Vapes now offer an alternative in the form of electronic cigarettes, which don’t contain any of the nasties that threaten your health and your skin. Swap your usual pack of cigarettes for a vape pen and you should start to notice the difference pretty quick.

Swap Sugary Snacks for Fruit

Sadly, sugar is really bad for your skin. It can interrupt the production of collagen and elastin, which keep the skin supple. It can also give you a dull, dry complexion due to the fact it can spike blood sugar and cause inflammation.

If you really must have something naughty and sweet, then choosing snacks that have been sweetened with sugar alternatives like Stevia is a good choice. However, you’d be far better off eating a piece of fruit instead. Fruit does contain sugar, but it contains fiber and other vitamins and nutrients, which offset it’s negative effects too. Fruits also contain antioxidants, which improves the appearance, Vitamin C which is able to neutralise free radicals and keep skin looking youthful and even flavanols that plump the skin and help to minimise damage caused by sun exposure.

Swap Sun for Shade

It’s pretty obvious, but spending less time in the harsh light of the sun and more time in the shade is a great way to minimise skin damage and maintain fresh, radiant skin. Of course, some sun is good for us, so you shouldn’t dodge it completely, but when it’s really hot, hit the shade, and always wear sunscreen.

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Modifying Your Car

Modifying Your Car

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The whole motivation for tuning your car is to extract the best possible performance from it by adding, altering or completely replacing the parts fitted as standard by the factory. So what car tuning parts are available to achieve this aim? Read on to find out a little more about this addictive hobby.

The prime area where modifications can be made through the use of specialist aftermarket performance car parts is to the vehicle’s engine and management systems. Buy and fit an appropriate engine tuning box and you can expect to see significant gains in fuel efficiency, as well as overall increases in torque and brake horsepower. This device is relatively inexpensive and can be easily installed into your engine bay, usually plugging into the engine’s existing wiring structure. Alter the engine to increase its power output, though, and you may find that it’s desirable to make some other modifications to help you and your vehicle cope with the additional, improved performance that results. Of course, you need to choose the correct auto electrician for you if this is something you do not have experience in.

One set of car tuning parts you might want to invest in, for instance, is a suspension kit. By improving your car’s suspension, you’ll have the ability to drive your car that little bit faster without compromising on safety. With a lower ride height, and therefore, lower centre of gravity, for example, some car tuning parts can reduce the chances of body roll and increase the stability of the vehicle when cornering or travelling at speed. These are just two examples, and even within this area, there is plenty of choice available depending on your type of car and your goals for improving its performance.

New Or Second Hand?

Performance parts online are widely available to give your car a bit of an added oomph. Everyone loves a bargain, so it can be tempting to shop around at online auction houses for second-hand pieces. But are you really saving money or will this cost you more in the longer term?

If you are interested in improving the performance of your car, then to a large extent, it makes a lot more sense to buy new. Only this way can you be absolutely certain that you are getting good value for money and that the performance car parts you are buying will be both durable and give the improvement in results that you expect. Other factors to consider are the convenience and the availability of the parts you need. Because it’s vital that you buy parts that are actually compatible with your vehicle, then purchasing second hand can be labour intensive and fairly hit and miss too. It may take you ages to source the right used exhaust at the right price for your model of Audi, for example, whereas most new sellers will be able to supply off the shelf solutions for many makes and models. The other thing to be aware of is that some car performance parts should never be reused for simple health and safety reasons. These include brake pads and shoes, clutch discs, and shock absorbers, for example. It is essential that you buy these new every time.

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How To Learn More About Yourself

How To Learn More About Yourself

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We often go through life being led by our emotions, or driven by our desires. We plan our lives based on what we might want or think is ‘right’ to do. We can often be led by circumstance and development, and the choices we make also dictate who we are. This article will not be some faux-helpful attempt to try and make you a ‘better’ person. We’re not here to judge you in any capacity. Instead, we’re here to try and help you become more actualized in yourself, giving you the tools to consider yourself.

Many of us can go through life feeling somewhat confused. We might find our identity through our passions, our craft, our responsibilities. But do we spend time deliberately finding out who we are? Not always. After all, much of life is making who you are, not finding it out for yourself. But some things you cannot change, and they all are valid when it comes to who you might be and how you might act. If you feel that this kind of inquiry interests you, considering yourself in the following ways could be a phenomenal approach:

Keep A Journal

A journal can tell you much more than you might have otherwise realized. There are many reasons as to why this is the case. When you have thoughts, they are usually quite pressing at the time. We all have our own ‘storylines’ we keep a hold of. But then, just like sand, these call fall through our fingers, and as we move onto the next thing we forget the minute details of our past. This is where keeping a journal can become one of the most brilliant methods of keeping in touch with your past self. Reach an entry you had written one year ago today, and you’ll likely see a completely different person. The content you apply to those pages isn’t for us to decide, only that you’ll see how your life has progressed since you started upholding said journal, and it will often humble you, and see just how far you’ve come.

Consider Your Needs

Learning from and listening to your body is one of the most important things you can do for your health. But instead of simply resting, drinking and eating when you need to, learning about your actual requirements can be achieved before you jump into yo-yo dieting, or trying the new ‘panacea’ health supplement. This excellent blogger review of a food sensitivity test results kit can show you just how learning about your dietary sensitivities, your needs and how you might react to many different food groups can revolutionize your diet, and instead of simply ‘trying’ diets you’ll have a better idea of what works for you. This way, you’ll be considering your needs with an objective understanding.

Try

Challenge can shape us all. Often it’s not the result that we come to which is the biggest reward, but the lessons we learn on the way. Getting in shape, going for that promotion or even launching your own initiative can all be an excellent set of efforts to keep in mind, and if you do that, you’ll be much more likely to try and define yourself through action.

With these tips, you’re sure to learn more about yourself.

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Surviving Your Family Road Trip This Summer

Surviving Your Family Road Trip This Summer

Summer is fast approaching, and soon, it’ll be time to take a well-deserved holiday with the family. Road trips are a fun and cost-effective way to spend time with your family, allowing you to see sights that other holidaymakers might miss on their adventure. While family road trips can be a blast, it can also be challenging to pack the whole family in a car or camper for weeks at a time. Thankfully, Thule products will make that part of it a lot easier. If you’re planning on taking a family road trip this summer, here are some tips to help you make your holiday a smashing success.

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Pack Plenty of Snacks

We all know that children can be bottomless pits in between lunch and dinner time. On a road trip, it’s not always possible to pull over and grab a bite to eat when the kids are getting hungry, so it’s a good idea to have plenty of snacks on hand. Bring a cooler to pack some healthy fruits, vegetables, and trail mix, but don’t forget to bring a couple of treats along too. Nothing keeps kids happier than munching on a biscuit or a chocolate bar when their stomach is starting to grumble. You should also pack plenty of juice and water so that nobody gets dehydrated, but try not to let your kids drink more than necessary, as this can lead to bathroom emergencies.

Bring Something to Entertain the Kids

Every parent dreads the point in a road trip where you begin to hear that question from the backseat, the one that’s sure to keep popping up relentlessly throughout the day- “are we there yet?”

Bringing entertainment for your kids can help to keep them occupied throughout your trip while helping you to maintain your sanity. Portable DVD players, gaming devices, and other electronics can keep children of all ages entertained for hours. You can pack a backpack with inexpensive toys, games, colouring books and other activities. Your kids will have so much fun digging through their goody bag, they won’t even notice that you’ve been driving all day.

Pack an Emergency Kit

On a road trip, your car needs to be in a safe condition before setting off on your journey. Ensure that the oil and water are checked and that your tyres are fully inflated and road legal.

You should also pack an emergency kit which needs to include more than blankets and extra toiletries. You also need to bring equipment to maintain your vehicle just in case it breaks down. There are a few essentials that every emergency kit should include:

  • A charged emergency mobile phone
  • A full first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher rated for Class B and Class C fires
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • A tire gauge
  • Foam tyre sealant or a spare tyre and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Towing tools
  • A utility knife

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Shopping For Land Rover Parts And Accessories

Shopping For Land Rover Parts And Accessories

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There are very few car brands that have achieved a reputation for quality as great as Land Rover has. This is undoubtedly one of the most popular automobile brands in the world. If you are lucky enough to own a Land Rover vehicle then you should make sure you have the gear and the accessories to go with it. Enhance the overall impact of your car. Increase the functionality and provide the little finishing touches which really make people impressed. A lot of people don’t realise that there is a wealth of different Land Rover merchandise available online nowadays. This includes everything from dried coffee to emergency seat covers. That’s right; the product base is extremely diverse. This is great because it means that there is something for all to enjoy. Let’s find out a little bit more about shopping online for genuine Land Rover gear and accessories.

As mentioned, there are so many different places selling these products nowadays. Therefore, the first thing you must do is find a genuine and credible company. There are those who will use the Land Rover name yet their products are not authentic. You want to purchase from a company who sells genuine Land Rover goods or you should look for a company that specialises in 4WD accessories. By doing this you can rest assured that the quality of the product will match up to the huge amount of quality associated with Land Rover vehicles and the brand as a whole. Thus, look out for the words ‘genuine’ on site and read reviews that have been left by previous customers. They will soon tell you whether the company is genuine or not.

Next, take a look at the wealth of different products available. There is something for everybody when it comes to Land Rover gear and accessories. You should certainly be able to find whatever it is you are looking for. The clothing range is particularly popular. This includes items for both men and women; from hoodies, to t-shirts, to shell jackets. There is a vast selection to choose from. One thing a lot of people are shocked by is how fashionable this clothing range is. Land Rover certainly does not just rely on its name. In addition to this, the outdoor gear range is particularly popular. From torches to compasses; there is everything you need to enjoy a thrilling weekend of camping and adventurous fun. After all, Land Rovers are certainly the perfect type of vehicle for these occasions. In addition to this, you have a great selection of standard accessories, including the likes of mugs and key rings. You have also got various luggage products to choose from, a gift selection and there is even a range of Land Rover bikes. No product is off limits, that’s for sure.

So there you have it; if you are looking to buy a gift for a Land Rover fan or you are looking to spruce up your own vehicle or association with the brand, then the selection of Land Rover gear available on the internet should definitely do the trick. Just make sure you buy from a genuine retailer!

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Preventing Hand Issues

Preventing Hand Issues

Hands are constantly being taken for granted. We use our hands for just about everything we do. So make sure to remember to give your hands a little TLC every day to prevent any long term issues.

Beautiful Hands

They say, a person’s face can hide their age, but the hands will never lie. That’s because hands are in and out of water. They are scarred and callous from heavy work. They are the one thing most people forget to put sunscreen on yet, they bask in the sun while driving. Using the wrong kind of moisturizer can actually dry hands out more than helping. Undernourished hands appear aged. Try using natural oils to hydrate by penetrating deep down into the layers of skin. Apply olive or coconut oil and wrap hands in plastic wrap for ten minutes to get nice, soft, glowy results. Using peanut butter on hands is also one of my favorites, but again, cover your hands with plastic or rubber gloves. You don’t want to make a mess.

Strong Hands

So you work with your hands, that should make then strong, right? In a sense, yes. But, forgetting to stretch and massage the hands can cause weakness. As a writer, I stretch my fingers everyday using a technique where I place my palms together and I spread and push my fingers together. Then, I workout my wrists in a circular motion. These exercises can prevent carpal tunnel. I also carry a lot of stress in my palms. I use a water bottle to dig into the tiny knots that form in the palm. The cool bottle helps with inflammation.

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Although, that’s not accurate science. That’s what I tell people when I shake their hand. My hand temperature runs cool. However, it’s important to regulate your temp. I started to use cashmere writing gloves. They’re pretty sweet, actually. Writer’s fingers can get cold while the palms get sweaty. With fingerless writing gloves, the hand adapts, maintaining a balanced warm temperature. It’s best to keep hands on the warmer side when working with them. It’s better circulation, better sense of touch, and believe it or not, it’s usually less damaging if warm hands happen to get injured.

When it comes to hand care, prevention is best. Wear the correct gloves for the job at hand, no pun intended. Wash hands at all the appropriate times. Don’t overuse hand sanitizer. If you must use a lot of sanitizer, moisturize often. Take time out every day to massage your hands. If hands are feeling weak, squeeze a stress ball or a balled-up sock. If you’re not feeling relief, or you feel pain, let your doctor know. There’s plenty of help for joint health, nowadays. Our hands are connected to a lot in the body. It’s best to make sure nothing else like, arthritis is going on. And don’t forget, take some time out to pamper your hands every now and again. Get a mani or do a simple hand scrub and soak at home before cutting your nails.

Take care of your hands, so they can keep taking care of you for many years to come.

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Get Your Car Summer Ready

Get Your Car Summer Ready

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Summer has got to be the best season for getting out and about and enjoying a healthy lifestyle but is your car ready for it? Some people don’t think about getting their car ready for the summer and don’t know where to start but if you’re planning on doing day trips and wanting to take equipment then there are some essentials that you should be considering. Have a look below at some of the things you could be looking at to get your car ready for this summer.

Service

It’s always useful and recommended to have your car serviced at least once a year to ensure it’s running smoothly and correctly. By doing this you are able to identify any problems that may have been bigger problems if not noticed. While having services things such as tires, engines, water, and oil will be checked to make sure it’s safe for long journeys. It’s a good idea to check your pollen filter in your car too as if you have any allergies such as hay fever not having this replaced could mean your allergies are worse than normal and your car should be a place you are able to keep relatively pollen-free.

Equipment

If you’re planning on taking any equipment on your days out then it is definitely worthwhile considering if your car needs any adaptations to be able to do this. You may want to take bikes with you, if you do sometimes you are able to install a universal bike rack however in some cases having a Tow Bar is essential for carrying bikes on your car. Having a towbar can also be useful for pulling things such as caravans, trailers and horse carts. Another way to carry equipment on your car is to have roof racks where you are able to carry equipment like bikes, roof boxes and kayaks making it very versatile. Roof boxes can be extremely useful for day trips as well as holidays away as you can store all the equipment you need out of the boot of the car.

Summer Essentials

We all know that in the winter it’s a good idea to have items such as blankets, a torch, and a few emergency food items in case you ever break down or are stuck in hours of traffic however did you know you can also have one of these for a summer emergency. Now you’re not going to need things such as blankets but having useful items such as bug spray, cooling mists, sun creams (because yes you can burn sitting in a traffic jam), water and emergency foods can be your best friend if you were to find yourself stuck for a while. Bear in mind that some of these items need to be kept out of the sun though and can become unsafe if not in the shade and get too warm.

Do you have any other ways you can get your car ready for summer? Please share them in the comments section below.

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Finally Want To Make A Change To Your Health This Year?

Finally Want To Make A Change To Your Health This Year?

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We all want to be healthy – it’s ingrained in our very nature. After all, it’s the key to survival. But it’s about more than that. It’s about living a happy life. Still, finding the motivation to improve your lifestyle can be tough. You might observe others who live healthy lives and feel that their kind of lifestyles would be difficult for you to maintain. However, there are plenty of different ways to take care of your body and your mind. If you finally want to make a change to your health this year then the suggestions in this post should provide you with the guidance that you need.

Improve your eating habits.

If you finally want to make a change to your health this year then you should start by improving your eating habits. It can be hard to develop a healthy diet because there are so many food options in the modern world but it isn’t always clear which options are actually good for you. You should aim to avoid refined sugars and saturated fats. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid all treats, but you should have a moderated and balanced diet. You should consume more water than sugary soft drinks. Your goal is to maintain a healthy weight. Fill your diet with natural foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Those food groups will give you the nutrients you need.

Put a stop to unhealthy behaviour.

You also need to put a stop to unhealthy behaviour if you finally want to make a change to your health this year. The healthy habits you adopt won’t have the positive impact you desire if you keep up bad habits that negatively impact your mental and physical wellbeing. For instance, we talked about maintaining a healthy diet by reducing your intake of bad food as well as eating more greens. The same goes for things such as excessive alcohol consumption; many people consume vices in moderation, but you need to know when the occasional treat (such as a glass of wine in the evening) has become a little too frequent. If you’re trying to self-medicate because of physical pain then you might want to check out SHIPS Med. They can provide treatment for migraines and even chronic pain. You could put a stop to unhealthy behaviour by finding healthier ways to work through your struggles.

Take the importance of sleep seriously.

So few people fail to appreciate the importance of sleeping properly. However, this is the most important part of your day; it’s the time your body needs in order to restore its energy and get everything back in working order. Like a phone that reduces its functionality as it starts to run out of battery, your body and mind both fail to work at their optimal levels if you don’t get enough rest. Everybody knows this. You can feel the depletion in your energy levels as you try to face the day after a bad night’s sleep. But you might try to solve that with some caffeine or a cold shower.

Nevertheless, sleep deprivation can lead to other health problems that can’t be fixed with copious amounts of coffee. It can make you prone to colds and illnesses because it weakens your immune system. It can even slow your metabolism; so, your healthy diet might not have the effect you desire. Start sleeping properly and you’ll see an improvement in your overall wellbeing.

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Cut The Cost Of Motoring By Making Smarter Choices

Cut The Cost Of Motoring By Making Smarter Choices

The average cost of motoring has reached record highs, thanks to increases in the price of fuel, insurance, and vehicles themselves. Getting from A to B has never been more expensive.

But it turns out that there are a lot of things you can do to cut the costs of motoring. It’s not always easy, but if you implement the following tips, your bank balance will thank you.

Check out the following.

Service Your Car According To The Manufacturer’s Schedule

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While putting off servicing costs will save you money in the short-run, it’ll almost certainly cost you in the long-run. Cars need a regular maintenance schedule to prevent parts from wearing out and engine damage. If you don’t abide by a strict schedule, you risk causing damage to the engine and other components, leading to higher overall costs.

Carmakers provide a maintenance schedule in the handbook that comes with the car. Sticking with it will help you cut down on the total money you have to invest in keeping your vehicle on the road. Currently, most motorists spend more on maintaining and servicing their cars than they do insurance: this needs to stop.

Repair Chips In Your Windshield

Chips in your windshield can quickly develop into cracks, necessitating windshield replacement. It’s a good idea, therefore, to deal with chips immediately. Usually, your insurer will pay for you to have chips repaired, without affecting your no-claims and with no excess to pay – always a good thing.

Stop Paying For Parking

Paying £2.50 a day for parking might not seem like much. But if you park for work and go to work in the car 200 days per year, that’s £500 you’re forking out for practically nothing.

If you work in an urban area, look for alternative places to park your vehicle. Perhaps a friend who lives near where you need to be has a free driveway you can use. Or maybe there’s a street around the corner with no parking restrictions, ten-minutes walk from where you work.

Don’t Pay For Insurance Products You Don’t Need

Insurance companies have an annoying habit of bolting on insurance products that you don’t need. Companies will try to sell you all sorts of things, like courtesy cars, litigation cover, and payout protection cover. Yes, you might benefit from some of these, but for most people, they’re not worth the money. Slash your premiums by cutting your added extras.

Buy A Speed Monitor

With local authorities strapped for cash, many are turning to motorists to pick up a quick buck. Police resources are being diverted from other areas to catch drivers who may be speeding. This setup is bad for everyone: it’s bad for the motorists who get caught speeding, and it’s bad for the people who aren’t being protected from crime. Speed monitors help to make sure that you stay within the speed limit, no matter where you are. Many of these devices connect to GPS and a database of known speed limits. Together, they provide warnings when you drive too quickly and alert you when you make mistakes.

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Preparing For The Worst With The Best

Preparing For The Worst With The Best

You hope that the worst case scenario should never happen and of course, for most of us it that will not, but every so often the unexpected can and will happen in life and that’s why being prepared for these unexpected situations is necessary for wherever you are.

You might suddenly find yourself facing a long term illness or in the middle of a situation where you require some professional advice, for example a legal dispute with an employee over employment terms or with a neighbour over land ownership. With any of these situations you want advice from the best and you want to make sure your money is going as far as it can for great results.

That’s why you’ll find everything you need in this guide on how to get the very best in legal advice when you need it most and what to look for when hiring a lawyer, whether that’s for something for work or for when you’re in need of a divorce lawyer. We take a look at what makes the best legal representation for your very individual situation and and some of the pitfalls you’ll need to avoid. Whatever your legal needs are you’ll find the lowdown on hiring right here.

Word Of Mouth

Who’s on the grapevine as being the best in the business? Once you start looking for someone to represent you, you soon start hearing from everyone, from the local postman to the receptionist at the gym about someone they’ve used or heard about from a friend. Take a note of these names, if one or two keep cropping up then it may be worth getting in touch for an initial consultation.

Ask your friends, family and fellow professionals for some recommendations too, having a personal introduction can help oil the wheels and make the process of appointing someone a whole lot easier.

Read reviews online and find out their success rate, which should be a matter of public record. You’ll also want to make sure that the lawyer is someone who specialises in your particular issue, rather than a general practitioner.

Interview widely

Take your time in in finding the very best in advice and in finding someone you feel can handle your case and all the complexities that go with it. You may need to talk to one or two or even more lawyers before you decide on appointing someone, and depending on the size of your case they may be able to handle it solo or need some help from someone else in their firm. Make sure you know all the details of how this will work before you sign up.

If you’re worried about wasting your time and money on initial consultations that don’t lead anywhere, most lawyers will give you enough time to explain their case, around 15-30 minutes, before they start charging by the hour, so make sure to go in fully prepared with the facts of your case and any questions you might have.

Search online

As mentioned up post if you’re interested in one particular firm, then you should be able to find out a fair amount about them from the public record. You will be able to see the success rate of the individual lawyer and how well they are rated by individual clients.

If the practice has several lawyers, find out which one seems to have more experience in your particular type of case and ask to meet with them first rather than someone you just find yourself assigned to. You need to know that your case will be taken seriously and if you are going to be able to strike up good communication with whoever is taking it on.

Characteristics

You’re going to need someone experienced and yet hungry to make a win. If you feel that your lawyer is too laid back or gives the impression that they’ve seen it all, failing to reassure you then avoid this lawyer.

Similarly, avoid anyone that promises you a big win. Instead find someone who is measured and calm and who you feel can be honest with you about how the case will run and what the chances are of it going the way you want. Find that right mix of determination and level-headedness and you’ll have someone fighting your corner who stands every chance of winning your case for you. If the worst does happen and you do lose, then with the right lawyer you’ll know they tried their best and that the loss wasn’t through lack of trying.

Budget

The one thing we would say is that lawyers don’t come cheap so whether the matter is personal or professional you’ll want to have a very realistic picture of how much this service is going to cost you overall.

A lawyer usually charges clients by the hour though you may find some will offer a flat fee or even be happy to wait until the end of the case and collect a percentage of any damages and their legal fees if paid by the opposition. Make sure you are very clear with your legal representative on how the fee charging process will work and even let them know your top end of the budget.

You may well have room to compromise with something like an upfront payment to start out with and then the rest coming in the form of a successful pay out. This will depend on how confident your lawyer is of the case going in your favour. You might also want to explore the possibility of legal aid and legal loans to cover the ongoing expenses.

The money can very quickly disappear so keep on top of your billing as you move through the consultation to trial proceedings.


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