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In this increasingly complex society, legal questions often arise seemingly out of nowhere. Legal advice can be expensive to obtain, and it can be well worth finding out whether you are entitled to receive legal aid. Legal aid is becoming less available and, like dental work on the NHS and final salary pension schemes, fewer people qualify for it. The availability of legal aid has dropped dramatically in the last decade and the trend looks set to continue.

 

It is estimated that a third of the population of the UK has some sort of legal problem to deal with each year, and yet only around a quarter of those involved in these cases will actually qualify to receive legal aid. Only a few years ago the figure was over 50%. Current government proposed reforms to the legal aid system are widely expected to make legal aid even more difficult to obtain in the future.

 

The legal aid system is in place to materially help people who are on low incomes or who receive state benefits of some sort. In non-criminal cases, the current rule of thumb for applicants is that they will not get legal aid if their gross income is more than £31,884 per annum. This figure can, of course, change and for the latest information on who can qualify for legal aid you should speak with legal aid solicitors who specialise in this sort of work, such as K C LAW CHAMBERS SOLICITORS.

 

This figure includes the income of the partner of the applicant if there is one, and there are a number of other adjustments that are taken into consideration as well. It is possible, for example, that if you earn less than the minimum figure you may still not qualify for legal aid, as your disposable income will also be considered. After making deductions for things like child support, national insurance and tax, if your disposable income figure is higher than £8,796 per annum, you will not qualify for legal aid.

 

In addition, your disposable capital will enter the equation unless you are living on some particular benefits such as income support. If you have capital reserves of over £8,000 – some of which may be equity in your home (if it is worth more than £100,000) and the rest in savings, for example – this will make you ineligible for legal aid.

Criminal legal aid, which is similar to regular legal aid, has similar conditions and requirements for qualification. Criminal legal aid may be granted to defendants in Magistrates Courts, for example, in cases where they might go to prison if found guilty; however, to have a chance to qualify for it the defendant will have to be less than 18 years of age, have an income of £22,325 or less, or be in receipt of unemployment benefits. Capital in such cases is not taken into account.

 

At K C LAW CHAMBERS SOLICITORS, we can offer you Legal Aid in Crime and Prison Law. We hold the legal service commission specialist quality mark in these areas of law.

 

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