Are there any other schemes under which I might get free or cheap legal advice ?
Some solicitors offer Free or Fixed Fee interviews. Law Centres or Citizen Advice Bureaux offer free legal advice.
Some solicitors operate special schemes such as ALAS (Accident Line Advice Scheme) where they will guarantee a free 30 minute first interview for accident victims.
Other solicitors have agreements with certain Trade Unions to provide free advice to members.
If you have car or house insurance you may find that this also covers you for legal expenses, which will cover your solicitor's costs.
There are also some instances where Legal Aid is available regardless of your income or capital:
1. Legal representation in special Children Act and related proceedings, (e.g. care proceedings).
2. Matters relating to the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 or the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984.
3. A person who is the subject of a terrorism prevention and investigation measure, under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011.
4. Applications for child maintenance under EU and international agreements, under Article 5 b (1) of the EU Maintenance Regulation (EC) No 412009.
5. Criminal proceedings involving children under 18.
Questions & Answers
- What is Legal Aid?
- Is Everyone entitled to Legal Aid?
- How do I show I cannot pay for my case?
- What is disposable income?
- What is meant by capital?
- Do I get something for nothing?
- Can the Statutory Charge be waived or postponed?
- Can I apply for Legal Aid on behalf of someone else?
- Are there any other schemes under which I might get free or cheap legal advice?
- Are there any cases for which Legal Aid is not available?