Finding Free Or Affordable Legal Help

Restriction on payment and employment of solicitor or counsel. Limit on costs against person receiving assistance by way of representation. Payment for advice or assistance otherwise than through legally assisted person’s contribution. We employ lawyers that have offered services for 20+ years. With that comes a depth of knowledge and experience that can be key in delivering results for the client. We offer services across a broad range of legal matters, with niche expertise in areas including Islamic law, Actions against the Police and Inquests.

Your case must be referred to the Advoate by a solicitor or advice agency such as a Citizens Advice, law centre or MP. If you have a court case or tribunal there are a number of organisations that can support you. If you need professional legal advice, your local advice centre is a good place to start. If you are eligible for legal aid find out how to claim here. Do you have legal expenses insurance that you’ve forgetten about? Some people get legal expenses insurance as part of their car or home insurance policy.

If you win the case, the solicitor’s fees and expenses you agreed to will be taken from your compensation. You’ll usually be able to recover some costs from your opponent. The funding stops from the point when the Legal Aid Agency sends the client a notice to tell them this is going to happen. Clients whose gross income does not exceed the maximum amount must have their disposable income assessed.

If you’ve been arrested and you’re going to be questioned at a police station, you can find out about your right to free legal advice on GOV.UK – it doesn’t matter what your income is. If you can’t afford legal advice or support in court, you might be able to get free or cheaper help. You’ll usually need to show that you cannot afford to pay for this help. You may have to pay some money towards the legal costs of your case or pay costs back later. The funding is cancelled if the Legal Aid Agency discovers that the client was wrongly granted legal aid.

Sometimes you might be able to negotiate how you pay your bill. For example you could ask pay a set amount each month, like a direct debit for your gas or water bill, until all the costs are paid off. Go to the Resolution website for a good family law solicitor or follow up on a recommendation from a friend or relative.

The Scottish Board will assess your circumstances and if it’s reasonable to transfer to another legal aid solicitor, they will approve this. One example would be if you’ve moved to another part of the country. The clinics are for people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. Advice and assistance helps to pay for advice from a solicitor on any point of Northern Ireland law, for example trying to settle a dispute without going to court. It may also cover their solicitor representing them in court – this is ABWOR – “assistance by way of representation”.

The rules about all the financial evidence you need to apply for legal aid are very strict. Without the right evidence the solicitor will not be able to help you get legal aid. So, it is really important to get everything the solicitor asks for, as quickly as you can. The solicitor can only start work for you under legal aid once they get a letter from the government saying you are entitled to legal aid.

Check if you can get legal aid to get help with civil cases. Your legal adviser will usually apply for legal aid on your behalf. Clients who keep a home that they own as a result of legal representation can have a charge registered against the property instead of paying the statutory charge upfront. This means the statutory charge will be paid when the property is sold, or the owner dies. The Legal Aid Agency can ask the client to pay some of the costs of their legal aid. This could be a monthly or lump sum contribution based on their capital and disposable income.