When you call our office on 01803 524044, the first person you will speak to is Karen. She is our receptionist and she will explain to you that your first consultation is free. Karen will take some basic information from you so we can work out who in our team is the best person to help you with your problem. If Karen is already on the phone, then you might speak to another member of the team or you might go through to our voicemail, but don’t worry we check our voicemails regularly so we will still deal with your enquiry quickly. If we identify that there is a conflict of interest, we may not be able to assist you and we may have to signpost you to another service but this doesn’t happen very often.
Next, the best person to deal
with your enquiry will call you back the same day. Our team all work together in the same office and we dedicate time each
day to offer free consultations, so you will receive a call from us the same
day that you contact us, unless you have requested that we contact you on a
If you have a family issue such
as child arrangements, divorce, domestic violence or counselling then it will
probably be Angie our founder who gives you a call, as she deals with most of
our family issues. If your query is related to civil proceedings or benefits
and welfare then it could be Angie or our welfare specialist Nick that calls
you, as he deals with most of those enquiries.
We will telephone you to find out
more information and discuss your options with you. If your enquiry is urgent –
for example you have a court hearing that day or someone is at risk of harm
then please let Karen know when you call and we will try and help you straight
away. There are other ways to contact us,
you can email us at email@example.com or
you can text/WhatsApp us on 07710 119457 and Karen will give you a call.
During the free telephone consultation
we will answer any questions you have, identify all possible sources of help
for you, find out if there are other services that you might need to be
referred to and try our best to resolve your problem within that first call. If
you need legal advice we will offer you an appointment at our next access to
justice day where you can sit down with a barrister. If we agree that there is
further and possibly ongoing support that you need then we will offer you a
face to face appointment, charged at £50. If there is any funding available for
the type of problem you are facing then we will let you know and discuss
whether you qualify for free support or concessional rates.
If we agree that you need ongoing
support then we will arrange to meet you at our offices in Paignton. We are on
the second floor, so if stairs are an issue please let us know and we will
arrange to see you on the ground floor. The length of the appointment will vary
depending on the help you need but there is usually a nice cup of tea or coffee
involved. If you need to write a letter of claim for example then we can help
you to write this and include all the relevant information. If you need to make
an application, a claim to the court or an appeal to the tribunal, then we can
help you to draft this and prepare it ready to go to court. If you have a
hearing already scheduled then we can help you prepare for this and we will
probably ask to see any previous papers or court orders so that we can
understand where you are in the proceedings. If you need legal representation
at a hearing we can find out who is available and help you to agree an
affordable fee. If this is not possible then we can make arrangements to come
to court with you to offer support or lay representation in the small claims
court. We will provide you with our terms and conditions and privacy notice and
ask you to sign a consent form for us to keep. We will also discuss payment
arrangements and set up a file for you.
Whatever problem you are facing
we will work you to try and find the best solution, keeping the cost affordable
and avoiding court proceedings wherever possible.
What’s Your Problem Torbay
What’s your problem was set up to make the lives of people in Torbay easier. We offer confidential, affordable help and support with any problem, big or small and our main goal is to solve the problem so that your quality of life is improved.