What is the financial threshold for individuals in order to qualify for legal aid?

So, who qualifies for legal aid? Legal aid is means-tested, meaning it’s only available to those below a certain level of income. Currently in civil cases, the upper gross monthly income limit is £2,657. Those in receipt of some state benefits (for example Universal Credit) will automatically be passported through this stage. Following the upper gross income test, disposable income and disposable capital assessments will also be made. To be eligible for legal aid for a civil case – such as a divorce or in cases involving domestic abuse – successful applicants won’t have a monthly disposable income over £733. Their disposable capital (for example, from a property) also must not exceed £8,000.

There are some cases where the income thresholds for legal aid do not apply. Typically, these exemptions are for cases which involve instances of domestic violence or domestic abuse, forced marriages or female genital mutilation (FGM). They also do not apply to parents, minor children or anyone holding parental responsibility for a child in a care proceedings case. Bryan & Armstrong can offer legal aid support to any eligible family law customer due to the franchise we hold. Legal Aid can be an essential lifeline to victims of domestic violence and abuse as often the victim has financial issues due to the abuse. We can quickly determine if you are eligible for this support plus we offer a 20% discount on your first consultation with us across any aspect of family law.

Legal Aid Support can really help the more vulnerable in our society

Legal aid in the United Kingdom plays a crucial role in ensuring equal access to justice for all citizens, regardless of their financial situation. One of its primary benefits is that it enables individuals who may not have the means to afford legal representation to access expert advice and support. This helps to level the playing field in legal proceedings, ensuring fair treatment and representation before the law. Legal aid also contributes to upholding fundamental human rights by providing assistance in cases involving issues such as discrimination, housing disputes, employment rights, and family matters.

As well as this, it helps alleviate the burden on the court system by facilitating early resolution of disputes through legal advice and mediation services. By promoting access to justice, legal aid fosters a more equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to defend their rights and seek redress for grievances, ultimately strengthening the rule of law and democratic principles. Get in touch to see who qualifies for legal aid.

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