solicitor

If you get into trouble in England, don't ask for a lawyer. Find a solicitor. England has two levels of attorneys: for big problems, you'll need a barrister, but for your hypothetical legal troubles, a solicitor should do nicely.

Some highly placed attorneys in the U.S. are also called solicitors. The lawyer in charge of government cases that come before the Supreme Court is the Solicitor General, and that was Elena Kagan's job before President Barack Obama appointed her to the Supreme Court. Solicitor isn’t always a privileged position. The person who knocks on your door asking you to contribute to some worthy cause is also a solicitor — someone who asks for — or solicits — donations.

Primary Meanings of solicitor

1.
n
a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents
2.
n
a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes
Full Definitions of solicitor
1

n a British lawyer who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents

Types:
law agent
a solicitor in Scotland
Type of:
attorney, lawyer
a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
2

n a petitioner who solicits contributions or trade or votes

Synonyms:
canvasser
Types:
fundraiser
someone who solicits financial contributions
Type of:
petitioner, requester, suppliant, supplicant
one praying humbly for something

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