What is an advocate? And why would you need one?
Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you need someone to speak up for you or to act as your spokesperson. It might be because you don’t fully understand your rights or find it difficult to communicate your own wishes. In these cases, an advocate can help you ensure that your wishes are presented confidently and persuasively.
An advocate will represent you without advising you or giving you their personal opinion. A skilled advocate will give you a voice when you are finding it difficult to find your own.
Advocates regularly represent people who are vulnerable in society and some of their key aims include:
- Ensuring that the person they are representing has a voice on issues that are important to them
- Defending and safeguarding their legal rights
- Making sure that their views and wishes are genuinely considered
- Providing access to information and services
- Exploring choices and options
An advocate will always have your best interests at heart and will listen to your views and concerns before helping you to explore your rights and any options that are available to you. They will also assist you in making an informed decision and will help you to contact the relevant people (or will contact them on your behalf). They will also accompany you and support you in any meetings. In short, an advocate has a wide range of skills to be able to help their clients with a wide range of legal issues.
Jarmans Solicitors provide an excellent advocacy service and have a team of highly experienced and legally knowledgeable advocates. We always recommend that you find an independent advocate of your own, not one that is recommended to you, and also that you make sure that they are a good fit. The last thing you want is to have someone speaking on your behalf who you don’t like or trust.
If you feel that you or a family member needs the help and support of an advocate or want to change your current advocate, contact us to arrange a face to face, video or telephone meeting.