so·lic·i·tor /sə-'li-sə-tər/ n
1: one that solicits; esp: an agent that solicits customers (as in insurance) or charitable contributions
2: a British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts
3: the chief law officer of a municipality, county, or government department see also city attorney

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

(1) The head legal officer of a city, town, department, or other body.
(2) In Britain, a lawyer who drafts wills, prepares conveyances, and handles all other legal matters aside from arguing cases in court, though in modern times solicitors do occasionally appear in court;
see also barrister

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

a legal practitioner in the UK. The positions and the rights, duties, obligations and privileges are now regulated by statute. The UK still has a distinction on the one hand between the ordinary lawyer who is a man of affairs and a generalist who (in England especially) does not essentially appear in courts, and on the other hand the barrister or advocate. However, the distinction is becoming blurred with the creation of the solicitor advocate. See Law Society, Law Society of Scotland.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

In the United Kingdom, an attorney who may provide all legal services except representing a client in court. Only a specially trained attorney, called a barrister, makes court appearances. The United States does not make this distinction among attorneys.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. In England, the lawyer who prepares a case for the trial lawyer (known as the barrister) and who settles cases out of court. One who attempts to get business or contributions from others; an agent or representative who conducts business on behalf of someone else; the foremost officer of the law in a municipality or a state; an

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A type of practicing lawyer in England who handles primarily office work.
The title of the chief law officer of a government body or department, such as a city, town, or municipal corporation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A type of practicing lawyer in England who handles primarily office work.
The title of the chief law officer of a government body or department, such as a city, town, or municipal corporation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   an English attorney who may perform all legal services except appear in court. Under the British system, the litigator or trial attorney takes special training in trial work and is called a "barrister." Occasionally a solicitor becomes a barrister, which is called "taking the silk." In the United States and Canada attorneys are referred to interchangeably as solicitors or barristers.
   See also: attorney

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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