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When assessing an applicant for Legal Aid, the Legal Services Agency will assess both capital and income. Therefore if you have a wealthy spouse and access to joint bank accounts and/or property in joint names, you could fall foul of the capital threshold test.

There are different financial conditions for Legal Aid in domestic and children matters than in divorce cases. In some cases Legal Aid is free and in other cases you may have to pay a contribution towards your legal fees based on your income or any savings or other capital you have. If, at the end of the case, you “recover or preserve property” as a result of your Solicitor’s work, you may have to pay some or all of the costs of your case.

At Edwards and Co we can assess your eligibility for Legal Aid at the outset of your case and discuss a suitable payment arrangement if you are not entitled to Legal Aid. If you would like to speak to one of our experienced Family Law Solicitors please telephone our office on 028 9032 1863.