How to qualify for legal aid in England

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How to qualify for legal aid in England
How to receive legal aid in England. (Getty Thinkstock)

To receive legal aid in England, one has to qualify by meeting, or by falling below, certain financial criteria set forth in the rules and regulations pertaining to legal aid. Personal assets are figured into total income to decide whether an individual or couple is eligible to receive free or subsidised legal representation in certain civil matters such as divorce. People who are on Income Support (IS), or are on disability/incapacity income are usually predetermined to be eligible for legal aid benefits in most civil matters.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill out a legal aid paper at coe.int/ (see Resources below) to determine if you qualify for legal aid benefits. There is plenty of information on this site pertaining to legal issues in England and Wales. Income limits, capital limits and yearly dependents' allowance limits are stated within the informative legal paper.

  2. 2

    Check out Divorceaid (see Resources below) for a handy online calculator to discover in an instant if you are eligible to receive legal aid benefits, free or subsidised. If you win a settlement, a financial contribution may be required where money or property is involved.

  3. 3

    Look into the AdviceGuide site (see Resources below) for in-depth guidance on England's legal system. Even if your circumstances change while you are receiving legal aid benefits; you still may be eligible for other types of legal aid provided free of charge.

  4. 4

    Download this step-by-step guide to legal aid in pdf. format. This guide covers civil matters and it stipulats who may claim legal aid, what is involved and fees, if any, and explains the legal system in lay terms.

  5. 5

    Visit the site AgeConcern.org.uk, an English legal site for elderly English residents who need help with legal matters. It offers free legal advice about citizens' affairs and how to contact the right person for help. This site clarifies legal terms and helps the elderly understand their legal rights. It has a free phone number UK residents may call for help in sorting legal matters.

Tips and warnings

  • All the sites mentioned in this article provide links to other helpful legal aid sites.
  • Never divulge financial information to people who come to your door portraying themselves as legal advisers. Call police to report the matter.

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