All too often we hear people saying, “I didn’t think Legal Aid was available anymore.” It’s a common assumption following the widely publicised cuts to Legal Aid in April 2013.
Legal Aid is still available. Providing you are financially eligible you will qualify for Legal Aid for the following kinds of case:
- Where a Local Authority is involved with the care of your children
- Domestic abuse
- Forced marriage
- Child abduction
If the Local Authority have made an application to the Court because they are worried about the care of your child you are automatically entitled to Legal Aid no matter what your financial circumstances.
Legal Aid is also available in cases of divorce, finances and children where you can provide evidence of domestic abuse. Evidence could include:
- You have got a protective injunction / non-molestation order
- The abuser has been convicted or cautioned by the police for domestic abuse
- The abuser is on Police bail for a domestic abuse offence
- You have been staying in a refuge
- A MARAC plan has been made to keep you safe
- You have seen your GP or other health professional about the abuse.
Here at David Gray Solicitors our Customer Relationship Manager, Louise Law, handles all enquiries from new clients. She will work out whether Legal Aid may be available and will complete a free Legal Aid assessment over the telephone. Where evidence of domestic abuse is required, Louise will be help you to obtain this.
For more information contact Louise by email, telephone 0191 232 9547 or on our website via LiveChat.